In 1996 the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) marked 75 years of the organisation with the publication of the aptly titled book '75 Years'.

'75 Years' written by sports journalist Peter Byrne, records the history of soccer in Ireland since 1921. The book was commissioned by the FAI, the governing body for association football in the Republic of Ireland. 

Although the book celebrates the success of the Jack Charlton years, it shows that

There was most definitely vibrant international football life in the Republic of Ireland BC.

Past and present players and managers turned out for the book launch. Colm Murray speaks to the author and former Irish players Ronnie Nolan and Mick Meagan. Meagan comments on his time playing for the Republic of Ireland

We had fun and we always had a go.

An RTÉ News report by Colm Murray broadcast on 21 November 1996.