Dublin's O'Connell Street was deserted while fans watched the Republic of Ireland soccer team play their first match at the 1994 World Cup.

After Ireland beat Italy 1-0 at the Giants Stadium in New York, people poured onto the street to celebrate, causing it to be closed to traffic for over two hours.

Reporter David McCullagh spoke to some of the fans. All nationalities shared in the joy at Ray Houghton's winning goal, even a Mexican, whose home team would be next to face Ireland at the World Cup.

An RTÉ News report from 19 June 1994.

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