Euro 2016 - stay safe, dream big
The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued timely advice to Ireland football supporters who will travel to France over the coming weeks for the European Championships finals, which should be heeded but not allowed detract from what will be a great sporting occasion.
As always, supporters will travel both in hope and expectation and can be relied upon to bring their usual air of bonhomie and good grace to adorn the occasion. Ireland’s football fans are renowned, not just on the continent, but throughout the world for the manner of their attendance.
It would be a tragedy of massive proportions if the championship was to be marred by a terrorist atrocity of the kind that has become all too common in Europe in recent years, but such a prospect can not be discounted — even if it’s not necessarily to the forefront to the minds of those who intend to travel.