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BBC Newsline Special - The Fans in France

Mark Simpson presents a special programme capturing the adventures of Northern Irish football fans at Euro 2016 in France.


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That was some trip.

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# Wham, bam, mon chat splash

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# Git sur mon lit a bouffe sa langue en buvant, Tronc,

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# Mon whisky quand moi peu dormi, vide,

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# Et brim, j'ai du dormir dans la gouttire

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# Ou j'ai eu un flash!

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# Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh!

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# Ca plane pour moi!

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# Ca plane pour moi

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# Ca plane pour moi... #

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# Faire le grand voyage

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# Partir avec toi

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# Au royaume des mirages

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# Ou l'amour est roi

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# Faire le grand voyage

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# Les yeux pleins d'azur

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# Fixes vers des rivages,

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# Luisants de futur

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# Renier la parole qui me lie ailleurs

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# Pour l'eternite au cours d'une erreur

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# Mordre du printemps

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# En guise d'automne

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# De nos destins! #

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MUSIC: Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

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For the first time in 30 years,

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Northern Ireland are back in the big time.

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# Where it began

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# I can't begin to knowing

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# But then I know it's growing strong

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# Was in the spring

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# And spring became the summer

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# Who'd have believed you'd come along? #

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In many ways, it's the perfect location for the fans.

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Plenty of accommodation. Have a look.

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Hotel after hotel after hotel.

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Lots to see, lots to do.

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And in terms of the match on Sunday, the stadium,

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it's only 15 minutes away.

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THEY CHANT

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Well, the Northern Ireland fans are only here to party, you know? And that's it.

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They're a bit boisterous, a bit loud at times, you know?

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But they're here for a party and a good drink, you know?

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-But they'll not cause no harm.

-So what have you brought with you?

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About 15 Northern Ireland tops! And a few other T-shirts,

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one pair of jeans, a load of flags and scarves.

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And some euros.

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Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na-na!

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Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na-na!

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Until Northern Ireland get knocked out, I'll not go back.

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So if my boss in work's listening, Callum, I won't be home

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until Northern Ireland are out!

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The Poland match isn't until Sunday, what are you going to do until then?

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Well, we're going to get something to eat here, we're going to go

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and get a few drinks and then we'll hit the beach.

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We're going to get the six-packs out here and enjoy ourselves.

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# Everywhere we go!

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# Everywhere we go!

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# It's the Ulster boys, making all the noise

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# Everywhere we go! #

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-It's two-man, but you can fit five.

-You can fit five?

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How have you found the whole camping experience?

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-Well, excellent so far.

-It's something different, isn't it?

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-Ask us tomorrow morning.

-Yeah.

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Maybe ask us in about a week and then we'll tell you.

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-Lovely so far, but probably at the end of it, that'll be camping done.

-Yeah.

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-So will we meet up at the end of it all?

-Uh-huh.

-Absolutely.

-Absolutely.

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See you in Paris!

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So you made it?

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I banged it a couple of times, round on the hairpins

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and stuff was hanging off, so we've had to screw it back on,

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but, yeah, we're here. We're all buzzing.

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MUSIC: Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

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COMMENTATOR: 'Fittingly, it's going to be the captain, Stephen Davies

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'who has the honour of kicking a ball at a major tournament

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'for Northern Ireland for the first time in 30 years.'

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# A seven nation army couldn't hold me back

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# They're going to rip it off

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# And the message coming from my eyes says leave it alone. #

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CHEERING

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'One-nil to Poland.'

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The way it's set out, you only need to win one game,

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so realistically, we've still a chance.

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It's always going to be a hard game, the first one.

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I actually fancied us to get a draw for the first one, you know what I mean?

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But the next one... We need three points, no matter what.

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-If you leave aside the result, what was the atmosphere like?

-Brilliant.

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Brilliant atmosphere. Just all the fans, there was no segregation.

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Polish, Northern Ireland fans, all in the same boxes, same walkways,

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sitting beside each other.

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A brilliant craic, it was unbelievable.

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'Oh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes!'

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In the French capital,

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the Republic's fans were gathering for their opening match.

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We're here to enjoy ourselves.

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It's Northern Ireland, it's us, we're all here having a party. And that's it.

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Major tournaments are nothing new for their fans.

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Four years ago, their Euro campaign had been a disaster,

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but this time, hopes were high.

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'Now Coleman.

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'Checks back. Will he go again? He does go again.

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'He crosses back to the edge of the penalty...'

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CHEERING

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'Oh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes!'

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'Could've gone in... there comes a ball.

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'Fantastic technique, that is. Oh, what a lovely strike!'

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'Look at that.

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'Unbridled joy.'

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'Larsson was there behind him.'

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'Swedish delight, Irish despair!'

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1-1 draw is as good as anything.

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You're still in it. You're still in it.

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Started at 3-0, finished 1-1. Come on!

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For Northern Ireland, the moment of truth.

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A must-win game against Ukraine.

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# Freed from desire

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# Mind and senses purified

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# Freed from desire, mind and senses purified

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# Freed from desire, mind and senses purified

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# Freed from desire... #

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'McCauley! Gareth McAuley at the front post!'

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The fans trying to get Northern Ireland over the line.

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McGinn! Niall McGinn

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who should be all doled out.

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Tonight, they are the Kings Of Lyon.

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Absolutely fantastic. Over the moon.

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I mean, it's a feeling that people felt 30 years ago in Spain

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and now it's bringing it back to another generation.

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So what it must be like back home is...

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I'm sure they're all as proud and happy as we are out here.

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-What's your message to the folks back home?

-We're not coming home, Maggie.

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You'll see me in about three weeks.

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# We're not going home. We're not going home.

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# We're not going We're not going We're not going home. #

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Yeah.

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I came all the way from Vietnam.

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It cost me £1,000.

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It was worth every penny.

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-From Vietnam?

-From Vietnam. Every penny.

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£1,000. Unbelievable.

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It was quite a night.

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Northern Ireland's next match was in Paris

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but first, some decided to return to the seaside.

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We're heading back down to Nice.

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We've been based there the entire time and we all like the sunshine.

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It's a bit like a big Portrush.

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I got a good Belfast tan.

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-There's nothing else I can really say.

-Are you sore?

-Very much so.

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-Very much so.

-Did nobody ever say to you?

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Well, look, I had factor 5,000 on, so I did,

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but as you know us Northern Irelanders still have the white skin. we still burn.

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# It's the Ulster Boys Making all the noise Everywhere we go. #

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A 400 mile trek from Paris to Bordeaux for the Republic's

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fans but some travelled in style from South Armagh

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in a specially adapted double-decker.

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Like all great stories, it started in the pub and we were just

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-talking about it and it just accumulated from that, didn't it, really?

-Yeah.

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It went a bit viral.

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She's flying. Touch wood we have had no problems so far.

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-What sort of speed are you doing?

-40 miles.

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It's slow, I know, but it's getting us there.

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The craic's good. It's taking us a couple of hours more than what it should

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but it doesn't bother us to tell you the truth. You don't feel it.

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The Bordeaux bars didn't know what hit them

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apart from one pub owner who knew exactly what to expect.

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I left Belfast 40 years ago, lost my accent after about a year

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and a half.

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So I've been living in France now. 36 years in Bordeaux.

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I've had the pub. This is 23 years.

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So I'm in an unusual situation because I'm supporting three teams.

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I had the Irish ambassador and I said,

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"Do you ever wonder why there's a number three in the Irish jersey?"

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There's a number three on it because I'm supporting

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Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and the team that's playing England. All right?

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# Always look on the bright side of life

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# Do do do do do do do do. #

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Come on, Belgium. Come on, Belgium.

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Carrasco wants it. Lukaku gets it. Could be a chance. And it's a goal.

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Witsel with the header. 2-0.

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Belgium threatening a third goal.

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Lukaku. It must be three.

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It is.

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They've been well beaten here by the Belgians in Bordeaux.

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But Bordeaux may be remembered more for what happened off the pitch.

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This midnight singsong captured by BBC Newsline cameraman

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Phil Hilditch went viral on the internet.

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# Stand up for the French police. #

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# Go home for the French police

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# Go home for the French police. #

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-CROWD SINGING:

-# Stand up for the French police. #

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And as well as charming the police,

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they stunned the locals by clearing up after their street party.

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Then showed their softer side with a lullaby to a baby on a train.

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# Twinkle twinkle Little Star

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# How I wonder what you are. #

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Shhhhh!

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At the same time, the Northern Ireland fans were setting France

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alight with Will Grigg's On Fire

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and everyone else was joining in.

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-CROWD SINGS:

-# Will Grigg's on fire, your defence is terrified.

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-CROWD SINGS:

-# Will Grigg's on fire, na na na na na na na na na na na. #

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# Mais je vis a Paris

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# Chez Papa et Maman

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# Je dois gagner ma vie

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# Ca va durer longtemps

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# Mais je vis a Paris

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# Chez Papa et Maman

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# Je dois gagner ma vie... #

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With hotel rooms in Paris booked out,

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many fans stayed outside the city but what's this?

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The lads who vowed to spend the entire tournament in tents were now in a luxury caravan.

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So, boys, I met you in Nice last week.

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You were the kings of camping.

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What went wrong?

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We lost our ground.

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We were a little bit complacent about the weather.

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We thought that we were coming to France in June,

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it was going to be lovely sunshine and to be fair,

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for the first ten days or so, we loved the camping.

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It was something different,

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and we arrived in Paris and it was bucketing down.

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So we decided that we would get ourselves a caravan.

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We travelled all day and we were grumpy, our pitch

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was beside the Seine where it had been flooding so we...

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If you hadn't been filming us walking into this,

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you'd have believed we've been camping for the whole of our lives.

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-I almost celebrated it as much as that McAuley goal.

-Yeah, yeah.

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I did.

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I thought it was off.

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Well, the atmosphere is actually quite family...

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It's all a big family in sports

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so they're all supporters of their own clubs of course.

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Actually, it started off with the Irish.

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Loads, big groups, everybody knows each other.

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We had the English, people from Austria now, a lot of German also.

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How's the caravan doing?

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The roof's near caved in.

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Hopefully, we'll get home next week.

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Well, we're home Wednesday so...

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Hopefully, fingers crossed.

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We can win the Germans and then get home and...

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What do you think of the Northern Ireland fans?

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Best fans. Best fans.

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Best fans here in France.

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Best fans...

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CHEERS

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It's a German squad worth nearly £500 million

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against a Northern Ireland 23 worth on paper right now.

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5% of that, but to the supporters here, those players walking out

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now will be worth more than all the money in the world.

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The match against world champions Germany was always going to be tough.

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But to progress to the knockout stages, Northern Ireland knew they just needed to avoid a heavy defeat.

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And fortunately, they had just the man for the job.

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That's a lovely ball through looking for Muller. Good save by McGovern.

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And the goalkeeper has blocked it.

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They find Muller. Khedira was there.

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Here's Ozil for Germany.

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Gomez, lovely football.

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Muller.

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Back to Gomez.

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Germany lead.

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Terrific goalkeeping again

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by Michael McGovern saving Northern Ireland.

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Superb. Absolutely top drawer.

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And shoots, good save by the goalkeeper.

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Gets a cross in towards the back post. Looking for Gomez.

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And again, pushed away by McGovern.

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Michael McGovern is having the game of his life.

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You're playing the world champions.

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You know, you're not playing Jimmy Connor in Antrim. You're playing the world champions.

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It could have been better, it could have been worse.

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We're hoping we've done enough to get in third place

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and keep everybody happy.

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Good evening. Northern Ireland are through to the last 16

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of the European Football Championships.

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This was the scene with the Northern Ireland fans in Paris tonight,

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shortly after the news came through.

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# We're not going home, we're not going home... #

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We've got blood, we've got passion, we've got heart.

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We're the only nation in this competition that's got it.

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We are the Green and White Army, all the way!

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MUSIC: La Foule by Izzy Bizu

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Craic's good, everyone's having a good time. Loving it, like.

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What we need now is a result.

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It is make or break for the Republic here tonight.

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Lose and they go home tomorrow.

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Win and their Euro adventure continues.

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Come on, you boys in green!

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It's Shane Nelson from Banbridge,

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and you came to France to support the Republic and Northern Ireland.

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Supporting both teams in green, indeed.

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Obviously, good to see Northern Ireland through already.

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We want to follow Wales and England and Northern Ireland

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and get the whole way ourselves.

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Where does your heart lie, Northern Ireland or the Republic?

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Most definitely, the South it is, the Republic.

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But definitely back the Green and White Army

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as well, no problem.

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-Are there many like you?

-I hope so.

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More than I think people let on, I think so.

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Definitely changing times, as far as I'm concerned.

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A couple of years ago, maybe there would have been certain songs

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sang on both sides that wouldn't have welcomed the other.

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I think that's changed now.

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I put a little double on before I came away.

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Both the North and South to qualify in their group.

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Tonight the boys in green are going to do it.

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They're going to join the Green and White Army in the next round

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and I'm going to be 200 quids in.

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And the whole of Ireland's going to have a party

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in Paris at the weekend.

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THEY CHEER

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-COMMENTATOR:

-The Republic of Ireland must win to stay in.

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Italy already guaranteed as group winners.

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There is a chance here, Hoolahan for Ireland!

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On the rebound.

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Has the chance gone, the chance of his life?

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McGeady.

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Hoolahan.

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Long on the edge of the box.

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In it comes now. Brady!

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Republic of Ireland score!

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The place is going mad!

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Robbie Brady, 85 minutes gone.

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The Republic of Ireland have saved themselves.

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Brady's bunch have taken down Italy.

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For all of you out there from Donegal to Cork,

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who've sung the songs of New York,

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who've sung the songs of Stuttgart,

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make up your songs anew!

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Joy for Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill.

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A wonderful and emotional night.

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Qualification then for both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

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But it wasn't just the teams

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who were making the headlines in the French newspapers.

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It was also the fans.

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"The atmosphere? A big thank you."

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"The football that we all love."

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"For creating atmosphere, Ireland is united."

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The fans certainly made a big impression in France.

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So much so, that they won

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the prestigious Medal of the City of Paris.

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But the tournament was tinged with some sadness.

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The death of two fans, Robert Rainey in Lyon

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and Darren Rodgers in Nice.

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Tributes were paid by the team, by their friends and by fans.

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Facing France in Lyon for a place in the quarterfinals -

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quite a challenge, but the Irish were up for it.

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You always believe, but it will be difficult.

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It's not easy playing the host nation.

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But we've got the spirit, the boys must be ecstatic, as well as us.

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So anything's possible.

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They're never going to believe us, we're going to beat the French!

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TO THE TUNE OF GO WEST: # Stand up for the French police

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# Stand up for the French police... #

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Ward.

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Early cross in.

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Can it come to Long on the half-turn?

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Can he get the shot away? It's a penalty for Ireland!

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It's a penalty for Ireland!

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They got tangled up with each other's feet.

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Paul Pogba - in that area, that sort of challenge, so risky.

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Brady, to stun the French, the hosts?

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Yes, he does!

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Went in off the post, doesn't matter.

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France 0, the Republic of Ireland 1. A stunning start.

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Looking for Giroud, looking for Griezmann.

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Looking for the equaliser and they've got it!

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In space to finish it.

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It's all turned around.

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Antoine Griezmann.

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No way forward for the Republic of Ireland.

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The dream ends right here.

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France, as a nation, celebrates.

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Ireland crestfallen, but they have done their country

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so very, very proud.

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Disappointed, but hey, that's the way it goes.

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We're here to enjoy ourselves.

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Unfortunately we got beat. That's it.

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Great fun.

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We loved the journey from start to finish and good luck to the French.

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Many of these fans have been in France for two weeks.

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They were in Nice, they were in Lyon, they were in Paris,

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they went home and now they're back in Paris for the game

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in two hours' time against Wales.

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We'll see very soon whether it's been worth it.

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CHEERING

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# He's not going, he's not going, he's not going home

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# He's not going home, he's not going home

6:21:196:21:22

# He's not going, he's not going, he's not going home... #

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CHEERING

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-COMMENTATOR:

-What a moment for everybody involved.

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In some ways, it doesn't quite feel real.

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It's a major tournament.

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It's Wales. It's Northern Ireland. It's in Paris.

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Opportunity here for Dallas.

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He meant it well and it was saved well by Wayne Hennessy.

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Bale's ready to hit it.

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Bale brings the save from McGovern.

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Bale with another wicked delivery,

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and it's turned into his own net by the unfortunate Gareth McAuley.

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They were together and just that bit stronger than Northern Ireland,

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who now must dare to dream of another day.

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We were the better team.

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Absolutely distraught. Like, they had nothing.

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Even Gareth Bale was woeful. Their fans were more than woeful.

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About two songs and that was it.

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It's been fantastic. I've been at all four matches.

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The fans have been wonderful.

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The French people have been very welcoming and appreciative.

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The team has played very well.

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We went from Normandy to Lyon,

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Lyon to Cannes,

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to Nice, to Lyon, to the Somme,

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to Paris, Paris back and back to Paris again.

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It's been fantastic.

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We lived the dream. We lived the dream.

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Just being here was like us winning it.

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Fantastic.

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We are the best. We are Northern Ireland.

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WELSH FANS SINGING

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Is that the first time I've heard them singing today?

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The Welsh fans are enjoying the moment.

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They're painting the town red.

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It could all have been so very different.

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But as they say here in France, c'est la vie.

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MUSIC: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf

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# Non, rien de rien

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# Non, je ne regrette rien

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# Ni le bien, qu'on m'a fait

6:23:536:23:58

# Ni le mal, tout ca m'est bien egale

6:23:596:24:04

# Non, rien de rien

6:24:056:24:09

# Non, je ne regrette rien

6:24:106:24:14

# C'est paye, balaye

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# Oublie

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# Je me fous du passe

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# Avec mes souvenirs

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# J'ai allume le feu

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# Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs

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# Je n'ai plus besoin d'eux

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# Balayees les amours

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# Avec leurs tremolos

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# Balayes pour toujours

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# Je repars a zero

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# Non, rien de rien

6:24:576:25:00

# Non, je ne regrette rien

6:25:026:25:06

# Ni le bien, qu'on m'a fait

6:25:076:25:12

# Ni le mal, tout ca m'est bien egale

6:25:146:25:18

# Non, rien de rien

6:25:206:25:23

# Non, je ne regrette rien

6:25:256:25:28

# Car ma vie, car mes joies

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# Aujourd'hui

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# Ca commence avec toi. #

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Mark Simpson presents a BBC Newsline special programme capturing the adventures of football fans from Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 in France.