Thursday 8 December 2016

'We're off' - Ireland team departs Dublin Airport bound for France and Euro 2016

Published 08/06/2016 | 15:18

The Irish players pose for a selfie before take-off
The Irish players pose for a selfie before take-off
8 June 2016; The Republic of Ireland squad, including manager Martin O'Neill, captain Robbie Keane, and assistant manager Roy Keane and management board the CityJet flight to Paris for UEFA EURO2016 at Dublin Airport. CityJet is the official partner to the FAI. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
8 June 2016; The Republic of Ireland management, front row, from left, goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, manager Martin O'Neill, captain Robbie Keane, assistant manager Roy Keane, coach Steve Walford and coach Steve Guppy, with squad members, from top, Shay Given, Darren Randolph, Robbie Brady, Keiren Westwood, Richard Keogh, Daryl Murphy, Cyrus Christie, Shane Duffy, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ward, Ciaran Clark, Jeff Hendrick, David Meyler, Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, Stephen Quinn, Jonathan Walters, Seamus Coleman, James McClean, Shane Long, Wes Hoolahan and John O'Shea board the CityJet flight to Paris for UEFA EURO2016 at Dublin Airport. CityJet is the official partner to the FAI. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
8 June 2016; The Republic of Ireland management, front row, from left, goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, manager Martin O'Neill, captain Robbie Keane, assistant manager Roy Keane, coach Steve Walford and coach Steve Guppy, with squad members, from top, Shay Given, Darren Randolph, Robbie Brady, Keiren Westwood, Richard Keogh, Daryl Murphy, Cyrus Christie, Shane Duffy, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Ward, Ciaran Clark, Jeff Hendrick, David Meyler, Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, Stephen Quinn, Jonathan Walters, Seamus Coleman, James McClean, Shane Long, Wes Hoolahan and John O'Shea board the CityJet flight to Paris for UEFA EURO2016 at Dublin Airport. CityJet is the official partner to the FAI. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
8 June 2016; Republic of Ireland players, from left, Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, Wesley Hoolahan and Aiden McGeady before boarding the CityJet flight to Paris for UEFA EURO2016 at Dublin Airport. CityJet is the official partner to the FAI. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
8 June 2016; Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane during the squad's departure for UEFA EURO2016 at Dublin Airport in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
8 June 2016; Republic of Ireland players, from left, Stephen Quinn, Jonathan Walters and Robbie Brady during the squad's departure for UEFA EURO2016 at Dublin Airport in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
8 June 2016; Republic of Ireland players, from left, Glenn Whelan, Wes Hoolahan, Richard Keogh, Stephen Ward, Shane Long, John O'Shea, Keiren Westwood, Daryl Murphy and Darren Randolph during the squad's departure for UEFA EURO2016 at Dublin Airport in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Hopefully we won't see them back on our shore for ages.

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The 23 players and their backroom team, carrying the hopes of a nation, have left Ireland this afternoon for their base at the Trianon Palace in Versailles.

For many of Martin O'Neill's men it will be their first taste of a major tournament, but John O'Shea is confident his team-mates will cope with the demands.

The defender said: "All the boys have different ways of chilling out, but now we are so close to the game as well, that concentration steps up a little bit, the intensity and quality in training as well steps up.

"It's why you come away playing international football, to get that buzz, and it really increases when you land. When you get a glimpse of the buzz around Paris as well and seeing fans and stuff like that, all that increases."











Next stop, @uefaeuro 2016! #COYBIG #EURO2016

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