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Stars come out in force with fans to cheer on the lads

THE Green Army flocked to pubs and public venues across the country last night to cheer on the Irish team.

And despite the disappointing result, the atmosphere stayed positive with fans looking ahead to their upcoming encounters against Spain and Italy.

The Woolshed on Parnell Street was one of the many pubs in Dublin that cleaned up last night.

"I would say around 500 people came in over the course of the day," manager Joao Queirol said. "The atmosphere has been electric all day and night."

The ladies from Peamount United FC, who will be participating in the women's Champions League in August, were out in force to support Trap's Army.

However, team captain Louise Quinn (21) admitted: "We didn't perform on the night. We'll need to push harder for our next two games."

Revellers came from all over the city to cheer on the lads, sporting tricolour hats, face paints and green jerseys.

Meanwhile, RTE presenter Brian Ormond and his wife Pippa were among the throngs at a VIP event in Ely restaurant as part of the Three on the Quay event.

More than 7,000 soccer fans turned up to watch the match on a massive screen stretching 60x40 metres as soccer fever infected Dublin with a vengeance.

Brian revealed he had texted his pal Irish captain Robbie Keane to wish him luck. Brian said: "I couldn't believe it when he replied, he said 'Cheers mate'. We're all proud of them."

Other attendees at Ely included GAA legend Bernard Brogan and RTE's Baz Ashmawy, who said: "I hate the guys being the underdogs all the time so I want them to do well."