Belfast, Northern Ireland | With a goal of building understanding and “a shared space for football fans on this island,” the governing associations of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland plan to discuss housing an all-Ireland soccer museum in Belfast.
The idea originates with Sport against Racism Ireland (SARI), based in Dublin. Ken McCue of SARI said the goal was not to unite the football associations but to educate about shared histories, such as the first Irish national jersey, whose badge included the Celtic cross and harp. “It would be important,” says McCue,
for kids in Dublin who still think the first Irish side to qualify for the World Cup was the Republic in 1990. A trip to the museum would inform them that the northern team were actually at three World Cups in Sweden 1958, Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986.