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John Giles

Aged 18 and still finding his feet at Manchester United, he made his debut in 1959 against Sweden at Dalymount Park scoring Ireland's opening goal. He was to go to win 59 caps scoring five goals over the next 20 years, though he never played in a major finals.

Peter Farrell

After signing for Shamrock Rovers on his 17th birthday Farrell went on to play in three successive FAI Cup finals only to be denied a hat-trick of winners medals in one of the more dramatic finals against Drumcondra in 1956.

A supremely gifted ball player who could operate with equal facility on either side of the pitch, Farrell was a natural leader of men winning his first cap in the first post War game in Portugal in Lisbon in 1946 and was made captain on his debut.

Tommy Eglington

Although he scored just two goals for the Republic, he is best remembered as a creator of chances for those inside him. As one of the most effective of players of his generation, 'Eggo' on the burst was one of the great spectacles at Dalymount. His acceleration over ten yards was spectacular and his ability to deliver a precise pass at speed his trademark.

Eglington went on to make 450 first team appearances for Everton and with Peter Farrell, laid the basis for a dynasty in which more than half the first team at Goodison Park in the mid-1950's were Irish.

Tony Dunne

Dunne first caught the eye of United when helping Shelbourne to a 2-0 FAI Cup final victory over Cork Hibernians at Dalymount Park in 1960 - Eric Barber and Joe Wilson being the marksmen. Just weeks later the talented Dunne was on his way to Old Trafford at, even in those days, a give-away price of £5,000.

Paddy Coad

Waterford-born Coad won just eleven international caps, scored three goals but also found fame in the domestic game.  A wing-half in the old W formations of those days, he was a gifted striker of the ball as his record of 41 FAI Cup goals proved.

But much better was to follow with Spain the visitors to the same venue on March 2, 1947. A remarkable 42,102 fans somehow packed into Dalymount that afternoon to watch a five goal thriller played on a quagmire with enthusiastic supporters pouring onto the field on occasions.

Jackie Carey

Born in Dublin in February 1919, John Joseph Carey was a member of the Home Farm club in Dublin as a schoolboy, but like many people at the time, he also played GAA and was selected to represent Dublin at minor level, before being banned by Croke Park because he also played 'foreign' games.

Noel Cantwell

Born in Cork, Noel Cantwell could have played for Ireland in cricket, but eventually opted for football. He began his career with his local side Western Rovers before joining Cork Athletic.

West Ham, then a second division side, offered him a contract in 1953 and he moved to London, claiming the second division title in 1958. While at West Ham he made his Ireland debut, winning 36 caps in an international career spanning 14 years scoring a then record 14 goals (five from penalties) for his country.

Liam Brady

Brady joined Arsenal as a 15-year-old in 1971, making his debut two years later. He was a crowd favourite from the start at Highbury though trophies were noticeably lacking - his only success the FA Cup victory in 1979. He joined Juventus in 1980 and went on to play for Sampdoria, Inter and Ascoli before returning to England with West Ham United.

Packie Bonner

After making his debut on his 21st birthday in 1981 against Poland, Packie Bonner went on to write his name into Irish football history on many occasions.

A native of Donegal, Bonner started his career with Keadue Rovers and, in 1978, he became Jock Stein's last ever Celtic signing. The following year, he made his first team debut and over the next 12 years, he made the number one jersey at Parkhead his own as he made 642 appearances for the Hoops before retiring in 1996.

John Aldridge

Former Oxford United, Liverpool, Real Sociedad and Tranmere Rovers striker John Aldridge played a total of 69 times for Ireland between 1986 and 1996 scoring a total of 19 goals for his country as well as playing in the the Euro' 88 finals in West Germany and the World Cup finals of Italia '90 and USA '94.