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Fan zone in city for Ireland's Euros games is a 'no-brainer'

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Sam Greenwood, Jake Dodd, Craig Connolly and Eric Davidson who are opening a pop-up
venue called Fanfair

Sam Greenwood, Jake Dodd, Craig Connolly and Eric Davidson who are opening a pop-up venue called Fanfair

Sam Greenwood, Jake Dodd, Craig Connolly and Eric Davidson who are opening a pop-up venue called Fanfair

Dublin City Council (DCC) has been heavily criticised for not having "the foresight for a no-brainer" event of setting up a Euro 2016 fan zone for Ireland supporters in the capital.

The Herald revealed on Monday that the city council has no intentions of putting on outdoor screenings of any of Ireland's matches in France in next month

Former lord mayor Christy Burke said that he'll be calling on DCC assistant chief executive Brendan Kenny to swiftly organise screenings, before the Boys in Green take on Sweden on June 13.

"I'm a bit taken aback I have to say, that they haven't put in a provision for a couple of screens and that kind of thing," Mr Burke said.

"I was just listening to Niall Quinn on the Ray D'Arcy Show, and he was saying that the players get the buzz from the fans and what the city is like back home, lit up and full of green.

Disappointed

"I think that should be done and I'm disappointed about it. It doesn't take an arm and a leg to put screens in place."

Smithfield Square and the docklands have both been muted as potential venues to host outdoor screenings. Smithfield has been used for showings of All-Ireland finals involving Dublin in the past.

Mr Burke said events for the Euros matches would provide a much-needed boost after what has been a tumultuous few months for families living in Dublin's north inner city.

"We've headlines of murders and killings all year, and here we have the Euros, and an opportunity to boost and lift communities and for the city council to show leadership and let everyone come out and enjoy themselves," he said.

The council say they have plans to fly green flags along the River Liffey for the duration of the tournament, in support of the Irish team.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for supporters hoping for a large festival-style gathering. Several Dublin entrepreneurs - Jonathan Kiely, Craig Connolly, Jake Dodd, Sam Greenwood and Eric Davidson - have opened a pop-up theatre venue that will be in place for the duration of the tournament, showing every match all the way through to the final.

The venue, which is situated on Andrews Lane in Dublin 2, will facilitate around 650 supporters at a time.

Screening

It will also provide beverages from the countries involved in the tournament, depending on who's playing.

"We're going to be screening all of the games free of charge and we'll have some competitions and that," Jonathan said.

"It'll be a base camp for anyone that wants to watch the Ireland matches or any of the other matches for that matter."