It is more than 20 years since Ireland's underage teams enjoyed a summer to remember on the international stage. Join us this Wednesday, July 22nd on eir sport 1 from 11pm to relive one of the great unsung achievements of Irish soccer.
In 1997, Ireland reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Youth Championships in Malaysia, losing to eventual champions Argentina, but the Boys in Green finished third before Ireland's Under 16 and Under 18 teams were crowned European champions the following summer.
It proved to be the most successful period in the history of Irish football with a number of the players going on to enjoy careers in the Premier League.
Kerr’s Kids: The Story of Irish Football’s Golden Generation celebrates those achievements featuring archive footage, both behind the scenes and on the pitch itself, as well as interviews with Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, John O’Shea, Richard Dunne, Richard Sadlier, Liam George, Robbie Ryan, Stephen McPhail, Trevor Molloy, Neal Fenn and Dean Delany.
Anchored by Brian Kerr, the hour-long documentary also includes interviews with Irish Times football writers Emmet Malone and Ken Early.
Image: Inpho Photography/Oisin Keniry