Sunday 17 December 2017

Super fan Jim has travelled 7,134km to cheer on Boys in Green

Jim Wallace (in Canadian jersey) with fellow Irish fans
Jim Wallace (in Canadian jersey) with fellow Irish fans
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Irish fans who complain about Euro 2016 travel distances should consider the astonishing commitment of Green Army member Jim Wallace.

Jim, from Edmonton in Canada, has flown a staggering 7,134km just to cheer on the Boys in Green in France - and it is a trip he undertakes regularly for Irish matches. "I love to see Ireland play," he said. "It is also a chance to catch up with some good friends here."

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Jim attended Ireland's opening Euro 2016 clash with Sweden at the Stade de France - and hopes to take in other group games while in France. "There was a fantastic atmosphere in Paris. It was really great," he said.

Jim attended the match with his friends Tony O'Sullivan, Mairead O'Callaghan, Diarmuid Hayes, Jim Ryan and Tara Spain. His friend Jim Ryan, a Cork-based retired garda, is dubbed Ireland's 'super fan' having missed just one away match in the past 40 years.

Jim Wallace often sports a Canadian jersey just to show how deep his commitment to the Boys in Green cause runs.

Jim has strong Irish connections through his family, who are originally from Dublin, and visits Ireland on a regular basis.

Irish Independent

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