'Un grand merci' to our noble Boys in Green
Sadly, the great adventure ended in Stade de Lyon when France, the Euro 2016 host nation, came from behind to defeat the Republic of Ireland by two goals to one. It was the end of a great dream which brought the Irish nation on a rollercoaster ride of excitement and emotional highs and lows.
There was joy when we almost beat, but then drew, with Sweden. There was national depression when we were outclassed by a Belgian side on the rebound from their own humiliation at the hands of Italy. Then there was a heady mixture of joy and relief when we defeated Italy to go through to the next round against all the odds.
Yesterday's game was a tale of what might have been. There are good grounds for arguing that this one just got away from us, and many reasons for musing about how we just might have squeezed through.