|Venue Dalymount Park, Dublin||Attendance 37,500|
|Event 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying|
Date 5 April 1959 (1959-04-05)
Referee Lucien Van Nuffel (Belgium)
Date 10 May 1959 (1959-05-10)
The 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying preliminary round was the first round of qualifying competition for 1960 European Nations' Cup. They tie was contested by the Republic of Ireland and Czechoslovakia, as they were selected to play each other. The first leg was played on 5 April 1959, and won by the Republic of Ireland 2–0. Czechoslovakia won the return leg 4–0 on 10 May 1959, and therefore Czechoslovakia won 4–2 on aggregate. As winners, Czechoslovakia entered the round of 16 with the fifteen nations that had received a bye.
Because some of the matches of the round of 16 had already taken place when the matches of the preliminary round did, Republic of Ireland vs Czechoslovakia was not actually the first ever European Championship qualifying match (Soviet Union vs Hungary was), nor was the Republic of Ireland the first team to ever be eliminated from a European Championship (Greece was).
Czechoslovakia and the Republic of Ireland were randomly chosen to compete to enter the round of 16. The match was played over two legs, home and away, with the winner on aggregate advancing. The matches took place in April and May 1959.