WATCH: What will Irish fans do to get a first hand taste of the Euros? Just about anything...
Irish fans will do just about anything to get a first hand taste of the Euros.
Thousands crowded into the Living Room pub on Dublin’s Cathal Brugha Street to watch Ireland’s clash with Belgium, and while many were left disappointed, they remain optimistic about our chances.
“Everyone’s still in good humour. It’s always the same with the Irish, even when we lose it’s good craic,” said Ross Gaughran.
When asked what lengths they would go to get their hands on tickets to the Euros, eager fans proposed everything from Brazilian waxes to digging into a plate of scorpions.
“I’d eat scorpions, no problem whatsoever. But I wouldn’t eat a spider, I’m deadly afraid of spiders, so that’s out of the question,” Douglas Robidoux told Independent.ie.
Joseph Kelly said he’d strip naked in public and Ryan Bowes wagered he could drink 17 pints in a row, while Kevin Gannon suggested getting the ferry to Holyhead and cycling the whole way to Lille to catch the team in action at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
John Fagan, perhaps the most devoted fan, was willing to go so far as to get permanently inked if it would guarantee him a trip to the Euros.
“I’d get tattoos of Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill, one on each side of my neck,” he said.
In the sea of green, two women stood out as lone Belgium supporters, dressed in red and yellow from head to toe.
“The atmosphere was great, we didn’t feel threatened at all by the Irish fans although some of them looked a bit angry,” said Martha Van Gen Daren from Brussels.
“At the moment of the goals, you could feel the tension in the air, but afterwards, the Irish were saying ‘well-played, good match’,” added Laura Loos, who has been living in Ireland for a year and a half but was cheering for her home team today.
“The Irish are very friendly and easy-going. We felt a bit lonely though, no one shared our happiness at the moment of the goals!”