Friday 30 September 2016

Pints and Proclamation for soccer fans at Aviva

Ryan Nugent

Published 26/03/2016 | 02:30

Oisín (7) and Muirinn (9) Ward, from Clondalkin, Dublin, ahead of the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Oisín (7) and Muirinn (9) Ward, from Clondalkin, Dublin, ahead of the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

It was pints over points for Irish fans last night as the boys in green tackled Switzerland in a friendly with just pride to play for.

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The Aviva Stadium was one of the few venues in the country that served alcohol on Good Friday.

An estimated 40,000 supporters attended one of the team's last remaining run-outs at their home ground before departing for Euro 2016 in France.

They were even treated to a segment of the Proclamation by a Dublin school prior to kick-off.

Season ticket holder Brian Oxley from Laois was at the game with his son William (14) and his nephew Rory Walsh (10).

"It's great to be up here and representing Ireland, it's brilliant. It's a nice bit of a trek coming up here but it's worth it," Brian said.

Talent

Andrew Traynor, Sean Thornton and Gareth Connolly from Dundalk took in the game to check out some new talent ahead of their trip to France, but also to have a few Good Friday drinks.

"We're going to the Euros - so we want to see if any players come through.

"After Poland, I just can't wait for the Euros and I think the lads might surprise a few and do a job," Andrew said.

Irish Independent

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