Marian Keyes and Pat Kenny join green army and descend on Gdansk
TOP selling author Marian Keyes and RTE’s Pat Kenny joined the green army and descended on Gdansk for tonight’s crunch game.
The author flew over this morning from Dublin and said: ‘Flight passed 'peacefully! No drunken fans accused me of being Eleanor McEvoy and insisted I sang for them.’
The author who has amassed a massive following on Twitter in the three months she has been on the site tweeted:
‘Everyone singing "We all dream of a team of Gary Breens..." I LOVE that song. Am starting singsong on bus!’
She joined in the banter tweeting ‘Spanish fans! GRRRRRR!!!! * shakes fist*’
Meanwhile Pat Kenny was out and about with fans after hosting his show from Gdansk this morning. He met the Pedal to Poland charity team who cycled from Dublin, on their arrival in the Polish city.
They joins thousands of Irish fans who descended on Gdansk this lunchtime for tonight's crucial Euro 2012 game against Spain.
Tickets are like gold dust in the city, with many ticketless fans on the hunt.
However, there is little evidence so far of touts selling - in contrast to the last Sunday, when tickets for the game against Croatia could were easily available a little above face value.
The weather in the city is overcast, with dark clouds threatening. Fans are also being warned about scam artists operating in the city offering to exchange Euro for Polish zlotys.
The zloty notes being handed back by the scammers are frauds, and the Irish consulate has been contacted by people who have lost money, with a top amount of €100.
Supporters are also cautiously optimistic, with many predicting a draw, which would keep the tournament alive for Ireland.
Nine Pedal to Poland cyclists on a fundraising trip have just arrived, but some of their number are also ticketless.
But one biker - Stephen McArdle (37) from Dublin - won one in a raffle in the Irish team hotel this morning.
"They had around 20 and you put your name in a bag," a delighted Stephen said. "Mine was drawn out near the end."
*Don’t miss tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent for Fiach Kelly's exclusive diary with the Irish fans in Poland