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'The world needs the Irish in France' - German magazine in poignant tribute to Ireland fans

Published 19/11/2015 | 09:55

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Ireland fans are renowned worldwide for their good humour and bringing a carnival, friendly atmosphere to every city they visit.

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Following the devastating Paris terror attacks, German football magazine 11Freunde have published an article giving Ireland fans the ultimate praise.

Author Alex Raack says that at this time it is a "stroke of good fortune" that Ireland have qualified. Raack continues to say that at times like this the world needs "joy, dancing, singing" and that is exactly what the Irish will bring to France next summer.

The article was subsequently republished on Pog Mo Goal.

"Each person must find their own way of handling and dealing with such shocking events such as the bloodshed in Paris. But it is clear that we cannot afford to allow fear to run our lives. That the joy with which we look at life cannot be stopped, the celebrations, dancing, singing," writes Raack.

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"Celebrations, dancing, singing – who can do these better than the Irish, who on Monday qualified for Euro 2016 in France itself? Ironically in France. which so shortly after the attacks is still covered with a leaden seriousness, a seriousness that will accompany the tournament next year.

"The qualification of the Irish is a godsend. The Boys in Green can celebrate like no other nation, always peaceful, always sympathetic and emphatic, with an infectious, childlike joy."

Following Ireland's 2-0 victory over Bosnia in the Aviva Stadium on Monday night, the FAI released a video of the team celebrating in the dressingroom after the match.

In the clip, 60-year-old kitman Dick Redmond ran around dressed a superman and the footage has so far been seen by over 500,000 people.

It accentuates what the irish are all about, says Raack.

"And joy is what we need. Joy of life, just as was shown with the kit manager of the Irish, a stocky 60-year-old guy named Dick Redmond, who after winning 2:0 against Bosnia bounced like a rubber ball in a Superman costume through the changing room," added Raack.

"The joy of nonsense just as the Irish fans celebrated in 2012, cheering the Polish pensioner who looked like manager Giovanni Trapattoni or singing at the police. Joy that you cannot prohibit, like those of the Irish fans on Monday in a pub in front of the stadium who stated: 'Paris is in our thoughts but it will not stop us from traveling'.

"And that’s good. The world needs Superman, the world needs dancing, and singing. The tournament in France will be different, perhaps more oppressive, and hopefully without incident. But the Irish will be there to support their team in their famous fashion. They’ll bring huge numbers of good-humoured people prepared to experience a piece of joy. For this then, we look forward even if pleasure is difficult at this moment. But as Paris is about life, football is also about life. And the Irish are the best proof."

Last August, brought you another story in the popular magazine under the headline: 'Dear Football god, never again have a tournament without Ireland' – Germans pay homage to Irish supporters.

Now they have their wish.

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