Shane Long, Conor McGregor, Paul McGrath and Piers Morgan react to Ireland's loss to France
So the party is over for Ireland at Euro 2016 after a 2-1 defeat against host nation France, but the reaction on Twitter was predictably upbeat after a gallant effort in Lyon.
While supporters of some nations turn to violence when sporting disappointment afflicts them, the Irish tend to be a little less destructive and so it proved once more with an outpouring of praise for Martin O’Neill’s men.
From our great sportsmen to some of former Ireland heroes and a few journalists and Ireland fans, here is the best of the Twitter reaction on a day when we dared to dream and, ultimately, were forced to accept a less than palatable reality.
What a journey! pic.twitter.com/f3jq0zseTJ— Shane Long (@ShaneLong7) June 26, 2016
Head held high always— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 26, 2016
We were like something out of la liga at times out there. And we lumped into tackles too. Hard luck boys #DeservedMore
The future is bright green!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 26, 2016
Well played, Republic of Ireland. Gave France a real run for their money. Couldn't have given more.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 26, 2016
Great effort from all the Irish lads!!you gave us,more proud memories yet again!!bring the World Cup qualifiers on!!— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) June 26, 2016
Recovery period such a huge factor here. How can anyone criticise these lads. They have given absolutely everything. Unreal effort— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) June 26, 2016
Feeling proud to be Irish here in US after such a wonderful team and fan performance this past couple of weeks. Gave it everything #COYBIG— Niall Quinn (@NiallQuinn22) June 26, 2016
Respect to Ireland for the gift of hope bless us and Ireland !— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) June 26, 2016
Dissapointed but what a achievement by the players and staff of Ireland very proud— Clinton Morrison (@morrisonclinton) June 26, 2016
Valiant effort, Ireland.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 26, 2016
Go home with your heads held high. #IREvFRA
Brave effort from Ireland. Magnificent in first half. As usual, their fans have brought great credit on the country, too— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) June 26, 2016
Ah, proud of how well they played. No shame in being beaten by a better team. Well done Ireland. #coybig— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) June 26, 2016