Ireland's soccer heroes arrived back in Dublin following the 1988 European Championships to a tumultuous reception from an estimated quarter of a million people who lined the team's 5-mile route from Dublin Airport to O'Connell Street.

Dublin had never seen anything like it. Thousands of people thronged the airport to greet their heroes as they returned on the Saint Jack 737, renamed for the day.

An Taoiseach Charles Haughey paid tribute to the Republic of Ireland team and in particular to manager Jack Charlton on whom he confers that status of honorary Irish man. 

Saint Jack would not be inappropriate but that will take a little while longer.

An emotional team captain Frank Stapleton also spoke at Dublin Airport and commended the team and the supporters. 

It was also an emotional and overwhelming occasion for Jack Charlton,

It worries me that maybe... what the reception would be like if we actually won something.

The team made their way from Dublin Airport to the city centre on an open top bus as thousands of fans lined the route to O'Connell Street. On O'Connell Street, seventy thousand cheering people greeted the Irish team. Eventually, the convoy reached Parnell Square where Ray Houghton sang to crowd,

Who put the goal in the England net? I did, I did...

The final stop was the Hugh Lane Gallery for a joint civic and state reception. Chris Morris, Ray Houghton and Jack Charlton describe the unbelievable reception they have received. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 June 1988. The reporter is Una O'Hagan.