You'll never beat the Irish - or our fans
Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30
Instead of being threatened with expulsion from the tournament like our near neighbours, Ireland once again had reason to be proud of our nation abroad.
Before a ball was kicked, Ireland was already being toasted by the Euro 2016 hosts, France. The praise was directed at our country's fans, who have transported a joie de vivre to Paris for our opening game in Group E against Sweden at the Stade de France.
Whether it was singing outside bars and bistros or doing a rock-the-boat dance line down a boulevard, the Parisians appeared enchanted by the Irish fans' upbeat mood - and the Swedish fans were willing collaborators.