Thursday 19 April 2018

Watch: There was a massive street party in Lille last night

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Irish fans have taken over Lille city centre and they are having a huge party.

Supporters made their way back into the city from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and they congregated around the Tír na nÓg bar on Place Philippe Lebon.

Although most of the pubs have stopped serving booze the fans are still having a boisterous sing-song.

A chorus of 'There's only one Robbie Brady' followed by 'We're gonna beat the French' could be heard booming out through the square.

Around 2,000 people have gathered and they seem determined to keep the party going all night.

Earlier neighbours on the square pleaded with fans not to urinate or vomit on their homes.

Sign on door in Lille urging Irish fans not to pee or vomit on the home
Sign on door in Lille urging Irish fans not to pee or vomit on the home

The local authority did no permit bar owner Alan Sheehan to install portaloos in the area - forcing desperate fans to relieve themselves "wherever they can".

Now desperate locals have pleaded with supporters to be more conscientious.

One local posted a sign on their door reading: "Don't pi [sic] or vomit anymore on that door on that house, Thanks."

Tonight a bin truck attempted to drive through the crowd - sparking a chorus of 'Clean up for the boys in green'. A number of fans then began clearing up their empty bottles and rubbish.

Later a fire engine ran the same gauntlet with fans singing 'Shane Long's on fire'.

Not to be outdone by their fans the Irish team are also having a bit of a singsong tonight. The FAI tweeted a video of the team singing 'Come on you boys in green' on the bus as they made their way back to Versailles.

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