Tuesday 22 May 2018

WATCH: Irish fans still singing in Dublin despite 'frustrating' draw with Sweden

Meadhbh McGrath

Fans who couldn’t make it to France today for Euro 2016 were treated to the next best thing at Sinnott’s Bar in Dublin, where hundreds of supporters gathered to watch Ireland draw 1-1 with Sweden.

While some members of the crowd told Independent.ie they were disappointed by the result, the atmosphere remained positive as fans poured out of the bar to belt out a rousing rendition of ‘Come On You Boys In Green’ – replete with a saucy striptease from the young man leading the chant.

For Cork woman Kim Cuthbert, Belgian native Amandine Bula proved an unlikely ally. Visiting from Charleroi, Amandine picked up a green Irish sweatshirt to show her support for the team, while Kim prepared for the match with a special prayer.

“I prayed, I actually did, it’s so embarrassing!” she laughed, adding that she felt disappointed but that Ireland had played better.

There was no animosity between the two, as Amandine, who will be cheering for Ireland's opponents on Saturday, admitted she was rooting for Ireland to go all the way.

Couple Sam Coffey and Megan Cloughley also decked out in green for the day, with Megan noting it was a “frustrating” match and that Ireland “could have won”.

Fans remain hopeful for Ireland’s future in the competition, with Julian Dolan pointing out the 1-1 draw is “still a good result”: “I’m happy with a point, we’ll take it!”

“Compared to the last Euros, this is a great position to be in,” another fan added.

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