10 reasons why the Irish fans have won the internet at #Euro2016

As the knockout stage of Euro 2016 nears, we thought we'd take a look at the topic taking centre stage in France ... fan behaviour.

But while some have been filmed taking part in running battles we can proudly point to the actions of Irish supporters who have made headlines across the world for all the right reasons.

Here's why: 

1. GOOD MANNERS

 

When one group of Irish fans accidentally dented the roof of a resident's car they were quick to make amends.

 

2. MATCH PRACTICE

The media attention has been clear in Lille ahead of the group decider against Italy, and reporters in the main square were welcomed into a game of keepie-uppie with the fans.

3. SINGING PRACTICE

 

 

????Le top ces irlandais???? Ils aiment bien les françaises je crois ??? #delire#euro2016#irish#france#bordeaux#france

A video posted by ~ CARLA ROMÉRA ~ (@carla_rm_) on Jun 18, 2016 at 1:15am PDT

 

4. SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMERCE!!!

Having decamped from Paris, the Boys in Green have congregated at The Connemara Irish Pub in the picturesque French city ahead of the Republic's match against Belgium on Saturday - and there has been no letting up in their antics.

The night before the game with Belgium, Irish fans engaged in a good-natured sing-along with the French police. 

While, fellow Irish fans in Bordeaux began a chant to aid a Bulgarian woman in her efforts to get a job.

5. IMPROVING NORDIC RELATIONS

With a large crowd forming a rudimentary bullring, an Irish and a Swedish fan got stuck into a matador dance-off bullfight...thing.

 

6. IMPROVING RELATIONS WITH BELGIUM

An impromptu detour saw Belgian Red Devils supporters meet up with Irish supporters in Arcachon ahead of Saturday's game.

 

7. ALL ROUND GOOD CRAIC

But of course, they aren’t immune to violent behaviour - check out this video of the fans in the background of an RTÉ broadcast.

 

8. ACTS OF CHARITY

9. GREAT SUPPORT FROM HOME

Cork has also seen its fair share of support for the Boys in Green as this video of the fanzone at The Courtyard off Sober Lane shows.

10. GETTING ON WITH THE LOCALS

The Harp Bar on Boulevard de Clichy was the focal point for much of the revelry in Paris - as this local man found out last night. He stepped out onto his balcony overlooking the street outside the pub - and found himself the centre of attention.

 

Fingers crossed they're keeping at it well into July.

You can check out all the latest news, views and banter in our dedicated Euro 2016 section

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