Wednesday 7 December 2016

Defiant Ireland fans say they won't let terror attacks stop them from travelling to the Euros in France

Published 19/11/2015 | 12:05

Ireland supporters show their support ahead of kick off. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland supporters show their support ahead of kick off. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Play-off, 2nd Leg, Republic of Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Ireland fans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of travelling to France next June despite the terror attacks that claimed the lives of 129 people in Paris last Friday.

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The Stade de France was targeted as the French took on Germany when a suicide bomber was refused entry before detonating a device that killed three people.

The German team were forced to spend the night in the stadium for security measures and in a show of solidarity, the French players also refused to leave Stade de France.

On Tuesday night, a friendly match between Germany and Holland in Hannover was called off after explosives were found in an ambulance near the stadium.

Fans were initially granted access to the stadium but were later evacuated and the game was called off. A stadium public address announcer at the venue said: "I'm sorry but the match has been just called off."

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Following the Paris terror attacks, there is widespread fear that terrorists will target stadiums during Euro 2016.

But Ireland fans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of travelling.

In a poll of over 500 fans on YouBoysInGreen.ie, 91 per cent said that they will still travel to see Martin O'Neill's Boys In Green in action during the Euros.

Some fans did express their reservations, however.

"Won't stop me but the plan was to get a camper van and take the wife and wee one. The missus has said there's no chance she'll go because of last week. We also cancelled a trip to Euro Disney for April," said one user on YBIG.

Another user named Collum added: "Will definitely be a concern but won't stop me going. Attack on Stade de France was deliberately done to put these fears in peoples' minds. If married with kids I would probably rethink it but I'm not.

"Security will be an absolute pain but obviously with reason. Still think if somebody wanted to create carnage they could. Intelligence operations are more effective than physical presence. Only takes a few seconds to detonate a bomb or let loose with machine gun."

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