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Ireland fans Luke McGuinness, Mark Kelly and Aiden Brett

Ireland fans Luke McGuinness, Mark Kelly and Aiden Brett

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Jimmy Rush, Jonathan Dunne, Jerry Rush, Martin O'Leary, Derek O'Leary and Derek Elwood, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Jimmy Rush, Jonathan Dunne, Jerry Rush, Martin O'Leary, Derek O'Leary and Derek Elwood, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Jimmy Rush, Jonathan Dunne, Jerry Rush, Martin O'Leary, Derek O'Leary and Derek Elwood, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Jimmy Rush, Jonathan Dunne, Jerry Rush, Martin O'Leary, Derek O'Leary and Derek Elwood, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Martin, left, and Derek O'Leary, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Martin, left, and Derek O'Leary, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Jonathan Dunne, left, and Jerry Rush, right, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Jonathan Dunne, left, and Jerry Rush, right, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Jonathan Dunne, left, and Jerry Rush, right, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Jonathan Dunne, left, and Jerry Rush, right, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Conor and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, and Adrian Murphy, from Rathmore, Co. Kerry, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Conor and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, and Adrian Murphy, from Rathmore, Co. Kerry, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Conor and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, and Adrian Murphy, from Rathmore, Co. Kerry, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Conor and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, and Adrian Murphy, from Rathmore, Co. Kerry, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters and brothers Conor, left, and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters and brothers Conor, left, and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Naomi and Ivan Murray, from Riverstick, Co. Cork, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Naomi and Ivan Murray, from Riverstick, Co. Cork, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Ireland fans Luke McGuinness, Mark Kelly and Aiden Brett

Scotland might be a short and very accessible trip for a long time for Ireland fans but spare a thought for these three supporters who made hard work of the quick hop over the Irish sea.

Luke McGuinness, Mark Kelly and Aiden Brett are Ireland supporters who have their passports stamped in countries like Kazakhstan, Armenia and Russia.

But it was Bonny Scotland that proved to be the biggest stumbling block on their rocky road through Europe.

The trio, all from North County Dublin, were due to hook up with 51 other fans on a bus from Dublin to Belfast before getting the ferry to Scotland but decided they would make their own way  straight to the boat.

Group leader Brett takes up the story: "For some reason I thought we were getting the boat from the North Wall. We got there in good time but when I rang one of the other lads they told me the boat was leaving from Belfast!

"It was a disaster and the only thing we could do was get a taxi. We struck a deal for €190 and I said I would pay because I was the organiser but the lads had none of it and they chipped in.

"But we made it and that's the main thing.  Can't wait for tomorrow," added Brett.

Brett's love for Irish football doesn't stop with the Irish international team. The bubbly, affable Dubliner has travelled to the Ukraine for the past three years with the Irish fans team to play in the Euro Fanfest, a 16-team yearly competition held in Donetsk.

"Ukraine is two flights and a 12 hour coach journey away. Much easier to get to than Scotland," added Brett.

"But at the end of the day, we would go anywhere to support the Boys in Green and we are here now and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Trust me,  my stupidity will be well forgotten after a few pints in Glasgow tonight."

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Brett and his crew can take solace in the fact that they were not the only ones to take the scenic route to Belfast.

"Our bus to Belfast was picking lads up in Bewley's by the airport. One genius thought it was Bewley's at Newlands Cross . He hopped in a taxi and caught up with us half way up theM1," said Barry Elmes, organiser of another bus to Belfast.


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