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Saturday 10 December 2016

€50m boost for capital as fans set to go football crazy for Euro 2020

(From left) UEFA’s Frantisek Laurinec, Deputy Mayor Dermot Lacey, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the FAI’s John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile
(From left) UEFA’s Frantisek Laurinec, Deputy Mayor Dermot Lacey, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the FAI’s John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin is set for an invasion of football fans for Euro 2020, - bringing in a huge €50m to the capital's economy.

Some 160,000 football supporters are set to hit the city across four matches, as UEFA expand the tournament to 13 host cities.

As part of a successful bid for the tournament by the FAI and Dublin City Council, the capital is set to host three group matches and one last 16 tie.

Ireland will play at least two matches at the Aviva Stadium, if they manage to qualify for the tournament.

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Speaking at the launch of the logo at the CHQ building in Dublin city centre, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that travelling supporters coming to Ireland for the tournament will get an opportunity to see all of Ireland's supporters in action.

"In true appreciation of the fans of the Irish team, others are now going to have the opportunity to come to where those fans are from," Mr Kenny said.

The Taoiseach highlighted other sporting events held in Ireland as a reference point.

Mr Kenny referred to his involvement as tourism minister, in bringing the Tour de France to the capital in the 90s and the drugs issue during the event.

"When I was back in tourism in the mid 90s, we had visits from Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche to bring the Tour de France, we made arrangements for that," Mr Kenny said.

"I and nobody else knew that when they came in 1998, the 200th anniversary of the French landing in Killala, it turned out not to be the best Tour de France for reasons that you will recall, syringes falling out of suitcases and so on."

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