The Football Association of Ireland marks 75 years with the publication of a book.

'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 broadcast on 21 November 1996. The reporter is Colm Murray.