I recall a newspaper article summing up the atmosphere in Dublin pubs for the Eire Germany game in 2002. The writer was watching it in Messrs Maguires and described the exact same time delay glitch you describe here, where the writer knew some seconds in advance of him seeing it that Eire had equalised. I made a mental note to never watch a game in Messrs Maguires after reading that article.
But I had that very experience for Jonathan Walters’ equaliser in this year’s Eire-Austria qualifier as I found myself stuck in an area of PJ’s pub in Salthill which had a delayed picture in comparison to the res of the pub.
The Clonliffe House also had a similar problem for this year’s All-Ireland football final, with those who were looking at the smaller televisions behind the bar, like myself, knowing of scores a few seconds in advance of the majority of the pub who were watching on two big screens.
I found this quite annoying during the first half, but thankfully it wasn’t a problem for me during the second half, as I had managed to place myself in a free seat in the upper deck of the Cusack Stand by then.
I attended this as I did all home fixtures at the time. Eire had an injury-weakened team, Roy Keane had as it turned out played his final international and I think both Robbie Keane and Damien Duff were also out. It was a very unmemorable game with a subdued atmosphere and it had 0-0 written all over it from a long way out. Shay Given made a good save in a one on one situation with about 10 minutes left but that is about the only incident I can remember from it.