Monday 5 December 2016

Fanzone and French flair sets city up for a colourful clash

David Kearns and Ryan Nugent

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Istvan Simo, Oana Ghergut, and Nicolas Pretorius of La Maison restaurant in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Istvan Simo, Oana Ghergut, and Nicolas Pretorius of La Maison restaurant in Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

A French takeover may be afoot in some of the capital's main sports bars, with Robin Libourel (23) from Montpellier insisting the game is all Les Bleus fans in Dublin are thinking about.

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"It will be a French invasion (in the Living Room pub) - there will be more than the Irish," Robin said.

"I will be sad for my country (if we lose), but I will be happy because I'm proud of the Irish people and how they have acted in France," he added.

Fabrice Taupe, manager of La Maison in Dublin 2, thinks Ireland deserve the win more.

"With the Irish you can see it's more magical," he said.

Meanwhile, Ireland fans not fortunate enough to make it to France for our Euro last-16 game will be able to avail of their own 'fanzone' in the heart of the capital.

Dublin City Council has confirmed Smithfield will be set up for supporters to watch the showdown on Sunday.

The council said it would be a free, family event and would be a "strictly" alcohol-free area.

Fans who want to attend the zone have been advised that access to the Smithfield Plaza would be strictly by the New Church Street entrance only, to the south east end of the square. It will open at 12.30pm.

Irish Independent

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