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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Kilts and songs as Tartan Army invades the city

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Scottish fans Kes Irving, George Kenpick and Martin Brown show their support for the Saltire in Dublin city centre
Scottish fans Kes Irving, George Kenpick and Martin Brown show their support for the Saltire in Dublin city centre

THE Tartan Army has rolled into town and is set to march on the Aviva Stadium ahead of this evening's crunch Euro 2016 clash.

Thousands of Scotland supporters will gather in the city centre, with the kilt-clad hordes following drummers and bagpipers to the game.

They were out in force last night, with Murray's Bar on O'Connell Street acting as something of a headquarters for the visiting fans.

Amid the banter and the rivalry with Irish fans there was a touching moment in the pub last night. Irish supporters presented the family of tragic Nathan McSeveney with an Irish flag bearing a moving tribute to the young man.

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Nathan was just 20 when he died after falling from the stairs of the top tier of Celtic Park in Glasgow last November.

His cousin, Rab McSeveney, was overcome with emotion by the occasion.

He said it was a privilege to be presented with the flag which he called "a massive gesture" from the Irish fans.

After the presentation, both groups joined together in song with a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone while the bagpipes were played in Nathan's honour.

The majority of fans said this evening's match will be close and that Ireland had just as good a chance at taking the game as Scotland.

One fan, Johnny Heche, from Kennoway, predicted that Scotland will triumph by 2-1, though Martin O'Neill's team might take issue with that.

"We're battling against Ireland and Poland for second place and I think we'll do just about enough to take it," said Johnny.

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