No matter how the Republic of Ireland perform on the pitch during the Euro 2016 competition, the country as a whole will be winners in the public consciousness after the legendary acts of their traveling fans.
While supporters of countries like Russia, England and Croatia are quickly gaining notoriety wherever in France they travel, the Irish are a jolly lot who are spreading happiness and cheer as they follow their team around the country.
Here’s a group of them serenading a French woman with a drunken rendition of Frankie Valli’s classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”.
Speaking of serenading, here’s another bunch expressing their undying love for the French police who had stepped in expecting to quell a riot.
The Irish and Swedish fans were the picture of international diplomacy before their game, singing ABBA’s classic “Dancing Queen” together.
This French man who lives above an Irish pub called ‘The Harp’ got a bit more than he could handle with this crowd.
And where you have the Irish, God is never far behind. Here they are again leading this nun in Our Lord’s Prayer.
They’re also forming some of the longest conga lines you will ever see, football game or not.
Day or night, rain or shine, the Irish fans never stop singing (or drinking).
Not only are the fans drinking and having a good time, they’re also doing something almost unheard of - they’re cleaning up after themselves!
And to top it off, here are some Irish fans closing down the party at night, singing drunken lullabies to a child on the train.
We wish the Republic of Ireland team and their fans all the very best. Everton after all have been staunch supporters of the Irish team with the Toffees making up five of their squad - Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson, while Shane Duffy is a former Blue (hopefully they can forgive and forget McCarthy’s wretched form in the meantime).