RTE presenter Nicky Byrne has recalled how he got caught up in the football riot at Landsdowne Road 20 years ago.
The former Westlife singer (36) revealed the riots broke out on the day he was attending his first international match on his own – a friendly game between Ireland and England.
“I had always gone with my dad to see Ireland play and here I was out for the first time on my own and I walked into this,” he remembered.
“The thing I remember straight away going into Landsdowne road that night was the atmosphere.
“There was such hatred. You couldn’t hear the national anthems of either England or Ireland, such was the booing going on.
“I was only a kid then, but I knew something was going to kick off,” he added.
Luckily, Nicky was with his friends in the south terrace which was away from the English hooligans who were in the upper West Stand.
However, he says he can still remember “all hell breaking loose” when Ireland scored after 20 minutes. Continue reading »