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14 times Irish fans truly outdid themselves this year

Representin’ all over the world.

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

2016 HAS BEEN a momentous year for Irish sport, from the Euros to the Olympics to Conor McGregor owning UFC.

But not only that, the Irish supporters truly came into their own too. Here are some of their best bits.

1. When Republic of Ireland supporters were awarded the City of Paris medal for being so great during the Euros

Soccer Euro 2016 Germany France Source: AP/Press Association Images

Not one fan, not a group of fans, but Irish fans in general, for displaying “exemplary sportsmanship” and providing a “good atmosphere” during the games.

2. When a gang of them sang a lullaby to a French baby on a train

Can’t see the video? Click here.

3. When this lad staged a one-man cleanup operation after a street party

Someone’s gotta do it!

4. When they helped change a tyre for an elderly couple in Paris

5. This Swedish/Irish Dancing Queen singalong

Can’t see the video? Click here.

YOU can dance, YOU can jive *sobs a bit*

6. And this brave Irish fan going full leprechaun in a sea of Swedes

That’s dedication.

7. When Paralympian Ellen Keane’s dad went mad in the stands

ellenkeane Source: Twitter/@Channel4

That suit!

8. And Olympian Eoin Coughlan’s granny Pam told him to “GIVE THEM SOCKS” on RTÉ News


Can’t see the video? Click here.

Go on ya good thing, Pam!

9. When this five-year-old from Dublin offered Michael Conlon his school medal

13925268_10209456050933932_3404360841147855125_n Source: Facebook/Marie Kirk

I saw your fight in Rio and you should have won because you are the best boxer in the world. I want you to have my school medal because you are a winner.

And look, he even got to give it to him in person!

10. And an Annalise Murphy fan managed to get a congratulatory letter to her despite not having an address

annalise Source: Facebook/Annalise Murphy Sailing

11. When a Galway man convinced the All Blacks to sing Ireland’s Call with him

Source: Alan Boyle/YouTube

12. And a ‘human tricolour’ celebrated Ireland’s defeat of the All Blacks in Chicago

human tricolour Source: DailyEdge.ie

Look at them swaying in the wind.

13. When this farmer ensured even his sheep were rooting for #MayoForSam

mayoforsam Source: Kevin Hughes

14. And, of course, the behemoth that was Shane Long/Will Grigg’s On Fire


The soundtrack of the summer. And what a summer.

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