WATCH: 25 years since the nation held its breath

Ireland is enjoying a nostalgia fest today - remembering the incredible day 25 years ago when Ireland beat Romania on penalties to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup.

WATCH: 25 years since the nation held its breath

Ireland is enjoying a nostalgia fest today - remembering the incredible day 25 years ago when Ireland beat Romania on penalties to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup.

For young whippernappers born too late to recall the momentous day, this is how the excitement unfolded.

This bunch of heroes made the Republic of Ireland one of the final eight teams in the world’s most prestigious football tournament.

In the space of a few minutes, two men in particular wrote their names into Irish sporting history.

In a world before Facebook and Twitter, people had to take to the streets to celebrate with their fellow fans - parading their dodgy fashion choices with pride.

If through some unthinkable you had missed the game, where did you go to check the score? Aertel.

Fans who can remember the day are sharing the memories online - using the hashtag #Italia90.

Italia 90 was such a wonderful time that 25 years later the Aviva rose as one to acknowledge the man credited with it all - Ireland's favourite Englishman Jack Charlton.

If you cannot see the embedded Facebook post click here.

Do you remember, or are you one of the bambinos raised on stories of Italia 90?

Share your stories in the comments.

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