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Italia 90 Dublin

Italia 90 Dublin
Tony O’Shea
Published by Cafe Royal Books

28 pages
140 x 200 mm


A nation holds its breath! Many of us remember those famous words uttered by RTÉ Sports commentator George Hamilton moments before David O’Leary netted that famous penalty against Romania sending the Republic of Ireland to the quarter finals of the Italia 90 World Cup – albeit without winning a single game!

The team returned from a heroic display to be greeted by an estimated 500,000 people lining the streets from Dublin Airport to O’Connell Street. (Proportionately, more people came out to celebrate Ireland’s defeat in the Italia 90 quarter finals than the number of Germans who celebrated the World Cup winning team). For three weeks the nation experienced something close to mass hysteria.” – Edwin Bowe, Murmur

A collection of photographs taken by Irish photographer Tony O’Shea of the fans who lined those roads.

About the Artist
Tony O’Shea is an acclaimed Irish photographer. He has appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times magazine, The Guardian, In Dublin and Libération.

About the Publisher
Café Royal Books (founded 2005) is an independent publisher based in Southport, England. Originally set up as a way to disseminate art, in multiple, affordably, quickly, and internationally while not relying on ‘the gallery’. Café Royal Books publishes artist’s books and zines as well as a weekly series of photobook/zines. The photographic publications are part of a long ongoing series, generally working with photographers and their archives, to publish work, which usually falls into 1970–2000 UK documentary / reportage.