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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Fans ready to march on France to cheer on Boys in Green

Denis Lyne, Ronan Lyne, Sean Twomey, Timmy O’Reilly, and Max O’Reilly at the match (Picture: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision)
Denis Lyne, Ronan Lyne, Sean Twomey, Timmy O’Reilly, and Max O’Reilly at the match (Picture: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision)

The Green Army is ready to march on France - and is dreaming of a repeat of Euro 1988 in Germany rather than Poland four years ago.

Thousands of fans flocked to Turner's Cross in Cork last night in glorious sunshine for Ireland's sell-out friendly with Belarus, the final preparation match for Euro 2016. It kicks-off in Paris on June 10.

However, the match didn't match the weather and Ireland lost 2-1 to somewhat cloud the fans' optimism.

Veteran fan Val Fitzgerald from Tipperary first saw Ireland play at Dalymount Park in 1953, when they lost 5-3 to France in a 1954 World Cup qualifier.

Safely

"I'm also going to France. I was in Poland four years ago. But we're hoping the results are a bit better this time around," he said.

Christina Fitzgerald is a similarly committed fan.

"We're just hoping everything goes off safely over there."

Dublin fan Gerry Reardon from Terenure couldn't miss the chance to bring his football-mad son Killian (10) to see Ireland at Turner's Cross.

"It's a glorious evening for the match," he said.

Needless to say there was a very strong Rebel County contingent at Cork City's home ground.

"It's great to see Ireland play in Cork," Michael Lennon said.

He attended the match with Shaunagh Twohig and Taylor Lennon (7), who was excited about being at her first international.

Grandfather Denis Lyne from The Lough, Cork, brought Euro 2016-obsessed youngsters Ronan Lyne (10), Sean Twomey (10), Timmy O'Reilly (10) and Max O'Reilly (10) to see their heroes up close.

For father and son, Brian and Ronan O'Shea (10), from Carrigaline in Cork, a local international simply was not to be missed.

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