Irish fan win hearts but Euro 2016 journey ends in defeat to hosts


Irish fans have been left devastated as the Republic crashed out of Euro 2016 at the hands of hosts France.

The defeat in Lyon marks the end of the Irish party which has seen the boys in green win over locals and other supporters from around Europe.

Ireland lost the knock-out showdown 2-1 with their only goal being a Robbie Brady penalty within two minutes of kick-off.

French fans packed out the Stade de Lyon, clearly outnumbering the Irish contingent who struggled to get their hands on tickets.

Sitting amongst French fans in the stands, Edel Cunningham, 30, from County Sligo, said: "Devastated for the fans and the players after the way we've carried ourselves throughout the tournament. 

"Either way, it's still a proud day to be Irish."

Dave Draper, 29, from County Roscommon, said: "Disappointing but the lads still did us proud. Yet again Irish fans proved themselves to be the best in the world. 

"We won the hearts of the French nation."