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12 wonderful tributes to the boys in green (and their fans)

You’re coming home as heroes.

France v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Round of 16 - Stade de Lyon Source: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

SO IT DIDN’T happen for us today.

But the Irish team is coming home as heroes anyway, and the fans are the toast of the Euros – and here’s proof.

1. Fans at the match clapped and cheered as loud as they could for the team

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2. And stayed on to sing Fields of Athenry to the team after the French left the stadium

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3. And the team stayed on to clap for them

France v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Round of 16 - Stade de Lyon Source: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

3. The fans shook hands with the French around them

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Great sportsmanship! Class acts! That’s us.

4. And the French fans showed their appreciation for that

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5.

Wonderful Irish people who continued to communicate with their team

6. As did the FAI

7. People were glad to see Roy Keane happy, if only for a moment

9. And even though we’re feeling a bit like this

10. We’re still proud as hell

A great bunch of lads #coybig

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11. The Irish made a mark on France

12. And it ‘won’t be the same’ without us

The Irish will be missed.

Too right. Well done to the boys in green and to the fans. You’ve done us all proud!

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The Irish fans had one heck of a street party in Lyon last night>

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