The Irish never do anything the easy way but that’s what makes it all the more glorious.
Martin O’Neill’s men face Denmark in the first game of their two-legged World Cup play-off in Copenhagen on Saturday night, and ahead of the game this latest promo video by The Football Republic is sure to have fans running through walls in anticipation.
Charting the journey under O’Neill and Roy Keane, the video highlights the courage and determination of the Irish when given the tag of the underdog while looking back at some of the most famous nights in recent history for the Boys in Green.
From John O’Shea’s late equaliser away to Germany in Gelsenkirchen, Shane Long’s winner against the world champions in Dublin – to Robbie Brady’s goal in a foggy Bosnia and our exploits at Euro 2016, which culminated in a famous night in Lille, this video recalls all the highs and lows of following Ireland.
Given that Ireland made it to this stage in the most unlikely of circumstances considering their position in Group D just some months ago, what flows throughout is the idea of togetherness and spirit which sets Ireland apart from other nations.
Regardless of whether Ireland qualify or not come Tuesday night, what cannot be doubted is the courage, passion and pride which flows through this squad when it comes to representing their country.
Time and time again the Boys in Green have come up with the goods when the odds have been stacked against them.
As Eamon Dunphy puts it in the video below:
“You shouldn’t go into any walk of life, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing – saying we can’t do it. Of course you can do it.”
Heart is something the Irish possess in abundance, and here’s hoping that O’Neill’s army come home from Copenhagen with a result which can be the catalyst for a night of celebrations in Dublin in a few days’ time.
In the meantime, the nation holds its breath.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena