The Republic of Ireland football team were greeted by fans as they arrived back in Dublin on Monday evening following their exit from Euro 2016.
Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane looked fatigued as their players, and new man-of-the-moment Robbie Brady, stopped to take selfies with fans and take autographs. Their arrival home comes just one day after they were knocked out by host nation France, following a thrilling 2-1 knockout game.
The Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Shane Ross TD and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD were all there to welcome the team home in Platinum Services at Dublin Airport.
Councillor Rebecca Moynihan has voiced her call to lay on a homecoming for the team, even though Dublin City Council confirmed that there would not be any civic reception.
“The Irish team and fans have done us proud in France. We might not have progressed but they played with spirit, especially against Italy,” she said. “The country has been swept up in Euromania and it is fitting that we honour the team in our capital.”