Tuesday 27 September 2016

Leprechaun lads in search for pot of Euro 2016 gold

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

Niall Keogh and Niall Mallin from Dublin make their way with Finnegan the mascot to Ireland's clash with Italy in Lille. Photo: Mark Condren
Niall Keogh and Niall Mallin from Dublin make their way with Finnegan the mascot to Ireland's clash with Italy in Lille. Photo: Mark Condren

Italy has been warned by two football-obsessed Irish fans that Finnegan the Leprechaun will not be denied at Euro 2016.

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Niall Keogh from Rathfarnham in Dublin and Niall Mallin from Bray in Wicklow have insisted their lucky mascot, Finnegan the Leprechaun, will see Ireland get the win they need against Italy in Lille tomorrow.

Niall Keogh and Niall Mallin from Dublin make their way with Finnegan the mascot to Ireland's clash with Italy in Lille. Photo: Mark Condren
Niall Keogh and Niall Mallin from Dublin make their way with Finnegan the mascot to Ireland's clash with Italy in Lille. Photo: Mark Condren

"We're not ready to go home on Wednesday - and Finnegan will see to that," they joked.

Finnegan, and the two Nialls, are attending their seventh tournament since 2004. They are now touring France in their trusty 1994 Volvo 850 2.5l saloon, which has 123,000 miles on the clock. "It's a bit heavy on juice but she starts at the first turn," Keogh said. "We spent about €400 on it just to get it ready for France. But it runs like a dream."

The fans - who are tweeting their adventures on @2Niallsontour - attend Irish matches in professionally created leprechaun outfits.

Both fans have never forgiven Thierry Henry for his infamous handball and have the rear window decorated with a 'Henry Le Cheat' motif. Such is the spectacle created by the Volvo and the leprechaun outfits sported by the duo that other fans constantly request selfies.

"We're not ready to head home, so we're looking for the lads to do a bit of an Italian job, just like in 1994," they said.

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