Friday 9 December 2016

Irish fans vow to travel to France for tournament despite threat of attacks

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland boss Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane. Photo: Sportsfile

Irish fans have vowed to travel to France and enjoy the Euro 2016 tournament - despite warnings that Isil militants are planning bomb attacks.

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Supporters last night said they would not be put off from travelling after a French intelligence agent make the worrying remarks.

The FAI Believe supporters club said the warning will not stop fans. Instead, chairman Andrew Whelan said that supporters would be conscious of the warnings in "the background".

"It's not going to stop us. If you live your life worrying about that, you are letting them win. That's what terrorism feeds off," Mr Whelan told the Irish Independent last night.

"It is what it is … It can happen, you can go to Lanzarote on holidays and it could happen. I can't see why they would attack an Ireland game. I'd say the security will be so tight.

"Personally, I'm going on a family holiday. We are staying an hour outside Paris and will travel in and out for the games."

Meanwhile, the You Boys In Green (YBIG) supporters club says the majority of its members will travel to support Martin O'Neill's side.

Club spokesman Ger Keville said that 95pc of members indicated in a recent poll that terrorism threats would not stop them from travelling.

"People are thinking that there is nothing they can do about the security aspects. I don't think people are being heroes, it's just you can't live your life in fear either," Mr Keville added.

Irish Independent

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