Wednesday 18 October 2017

Watch: Moment Irish fans stumble upon Martin O'Neill's French Doppelganger

Irish fan Kevy O'Neill with Martin O'Neill lookalike in Bordeaux
Irish fan Kevy O'Neill with Martin O'Neill lookalike in Bordeaux

Cathal McMahon and Mark McConville

A group of Irish fans happened upon a French man who bore more than a passing resemblance to Martin O'Neill yesterday.

The video, featuring Kevy O'Neill, David O'Hagan, John Darragh and Joe Hughes from Co Armagh, is the latest clip to go viral online.

Shot by Patrick O'Hagan on his phone it shows the four fans approaching the confused local who was walking his dog and singing “Martin O'Neill, Martin O'Neill”.

The lookalike took it all in his stride though and even cheekily asked the supporters: “Who is this beautiful man you speak about?”

Patrick, who runs 'Wee Paddy's Bistro' in Lurgan told Independent.ie: "We met Martin O'Neill out walking Roy Keane today in Bordeaux. We had to go up and have the craic with him."

The real Martin O'Neill will lead his charges into their second Euro 2016 group game today against Belgium.

Over 30,000 fans are expected to descend on Bordeaux this afternoon for the game. Up to 20,000 Irish men and women do not have tickets for the game.

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