Supporters aim to turn South Stand green

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Republic of Ireland supporters are seeking to turn the South Stand into a sea of green for Thursday’s crunch FIFA World Cup Qualifier with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.

Joint supporters groups have purchased 160 new flags to compliment those already seen at matches and aim to extend the colourful display normally seen in the Singing Section, right across the South Stand.

Cabinteely’s Under 16 team will be distributing the new flags to supporters arriving early into the Aviva Stadium on Thursday.

The aim of the display is to get all supporters involved in expanding the great atmosphere normally associated with the Singing Section right across the whole of the South Stand and indeed to rest of the stadium.

This is the beginning of an initiative that all supporters groups involved would like to grow and encourage all supporters in the stadium to contribute to the atmosphere. Flag bearers are kindly requested to return their flags to the collection point to ensure this initiative can be rolled out at each home game

The Lansdowne Roar was back in full ferocity for the last qualifying campaign and it will be needed again on Thursday evening as Martin O’Neill’s Boys in Green continue on their quest for qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Supporters are encouraged to be in their seats by 19:30 to greet the team when they arrive onto the pitch.

The South Stand display will take place as the teams emerge from the tunnel while UEFA’s presentation to Ireland supporters for their outstanding contribution to EURO 2016 will also be made before the game.

Ireland supporters that will accept UEFA award at Georgia game revealed

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Following a review of UEFA EURO 2016, the UEFA Executive Committee decided to give an award to the Republic of Ireland for the outstanding contribution of our supporters in making the tournament a success.

Ireland supporters will be presented with a commemorative plaque at next week’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. The supporters selected to accept the award next week all caught the attention of the public at UEFA EURO 2016 with their memorable support at various Ireland games.

The first set of supporters that will be present for the presentation ceremony are Chloe McGlinchey and her son Michael who were featured on camera in the stadium during the famous win over Italy in Lille. The McGlinchey’s are regulars to the Aviva Stadium and are members of Tullamore Ireland Supporters Club.

 

One of Ireland’s youngest supporters at EURO 2016 was Aoife McCann who was pictured in France with her father Eoin McCann, will also be part of the presentation ceremony.

The McCann’s have travelled across Europe following the Boys in Green and are active members in Ballybrack Seagulls Ireland Supporters Club. Aoife will be accompanied on the pitch by her sister Emma and her mother, Roisin. 

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To complete the ceremony there will be four-year-old Cian Prendergast along with his father, Martin. A video of Cian belting out Amhrán na bhFiann in the Stade de France ahead of Ireland’s EURO 2016 opener against Sweden went viral and we look forward to welcoming the Prendergast’s to the Aviva Stadium next week.

Cian and Martin are both members of London Ireland Supporters Club and regularly travel from the UK to Ireland games home and abroad. Check out the video of Cian below: 

Football Association of Ireland CEO, John Delaney, hailed the impact Republic of Ireland supporters made at UEFA EURO 2016 ahead of next week’s presentation. “I am delighted UEFA have decided to award our supporters with this accolade. The Ireland supporters were an absolute credit to our country at UEFA EURO 2016.

“The colour, atmosphere and support they brought was something we were immensely proud of, and the scenes inside each of the four match venues will live long in the memory.

“The supporters selected to receive the award are perfect ambassadors and I look forward to the presentation ceremony next Thursday at the Aviva Stadium.”

Thursday’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier with Georgia is the Republic of Ireland’s first competitive international at home since UEFA EURO 2016. Remaining tickets for the game are available from Ticketmaster and can be purchased HERE