With fans like these, an all-Ireland team would be unbeatable
I have watched in earnest the many videos, pictures and commentary on the festivities in France for Euro 2016. I am in no way a football enthusiast, my interests lie elsewhere - but I will admit that nothing makes the soul beam with as much pride as the Irish fans in France.
Their level of enthusiasm, support, joy and PG fun is above all others. The level of never-ending support and belief to be seen in those stands ensures the status of the Irish as simply the best fans in the world.
Even in times of our worst failures, the fans never said never and kept the momentum going. While the Ireland v Sweden match was in play, the Irish fans took a moment to honour the memory of the Northern Ireland fan Darren Rogers who sadly lost his life after falling from a cliff in Nice.