(Video) St Patrick’s Day: watch the best Irish goals from Stephanie Roche and Ray Houghton

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With St Patrick’s Day taking place across the globe, what better way to join in the celebrations than a showreel of the best goals from Irish players?

Whether it be a screamer in a major international tournament, or a wonderful piece of skill, Ireland as a whole has become a respectable region in the footballing world.

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We’ve decided to delve into the archives and retrieve the best goals scored by Irish heroes.

Stephanie Roche was arguably robbed of the 2014 FIFA Puskas award after being nominated alongside Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez, but ended up in third place. Despite (infamously) catching the eye of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in her stunning outfit, Roche would’ve certainly wanted to leave with the award she undoubtedly deserved.

Major international tournaments are cherished in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland – not least due to the rarity of their participation in them (nobody mention Thierry Henry).

However in World Cup 1994, legendary midfielder Ray Houghton produced a sensational effort against Italy which is savoured to this very day.

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