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Christopher Kerr

It was 1990. I was 10. My mum was doing the ironing in the front room and I was watching Ireland playing Romania in the World Cup in Italy, in order to progress to the quarter finals. 

Packie Bonner, a Celtic legend, was up against Romania’s Daniel Timofte to make history. When Timofte ran up to strike the ball, Ireland held its breath, Bonner dived to his right and saved. Me, my mum and the rest of the family and neighbours poured onto the street celebrating the Donegal man’s heroics! 

Football that day brought all my neighbours together, both young and old; the sun was shining and nothing mattered but celebrating a victory, not even the ironing! I’ll never forget that day, June 25, 1990.

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