Cheerful Ireland fans a breath of fresh air at EURO 2016

The have been the feel good story of EURO 2016 and after Republic of Ireland's valiant knockout stage 2-1 loss to hosts France, their fans once again displayed admirable sportsmanship and character.

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With violence occupying most of the off-field headlines during the tournament, the colourful Irish fans have made a name for themselves for all the right reasons.

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Their latest venture included French supporters in a joyful rendition of the 'conga line' dance, to illustrate fans in a positive light and showcase how football is truly the world game in bringing people together.

But the Irish fans didn't stop there, and in a classic moment of sportsmanship, they congratulated French supporters after the full-time whistle, despite a heart-breaking defeat. 

CLASS: #IRL fans shake hands with French fans at the final whistle. The Irish will be missed.(via @todayfm)pic.twitter.com/qEtwP5COBE — BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 26, 2016
Ireland's faithful have even won over police during the tournament, with one officer clapping and getting amongst the feel-good vibe created by the fans. 

Irish fans gorra be the best pic.twitter.com/MVXEM89cyv — #MERKY (@Stormzy1_) June 26, 2016
Unfortunately their side's EURO 2016 run has come to an end, but kudos to Irish fans, who have certainly portrayed themselves and football in a cheerful and joyous light.




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Published 27 June 2016 at 10:09am
By Patrick Nugent
Source: SBS