As Euro 2016 gets underway - our thoughts are with the exam students

As sports fans joyously prepare for a month-long orgy of football, can we please spare a thought for the poor misfortunes who cannot enjoy it as they should.

As Euro 2016 gets underway - our thoughts are with the exam students

To all those in the middle of state exams, we feel your pain, we really do.

Many of us remember those dark days when a possibly life-changing set of exams clashed with an equally crucial tournament.

Some of us even met heroes who helped us through it.

But this year, it is you who must suffer.

We thank you for the gift of good weather (while it lasted).

And if all comes to all, France isn't all that far away.

The good news is none of Ireland’s group matches clash with exams.

Monday, June 13 Rep Ire v Sweden - 5pm

Saturday June 18 Belgium v Rep Ireland - 2pm

Wednesday, June 22 Italy v Rep Ire - 8pm

The bad news - there are loads of other games that do.

June 16 England v Wales 2pm Sorry Art, History & Appreciation students, no derby game between the British neighbours for you.

June 17 Italy v Sweden 2pm And scholars of Construction Studies, Latin and Classical Studies will all have to wait to find out how our Group E rivals get on.

Are there any ways to ease the suffering? Well, if you haven’t already downloaded the official UEFA Euro 2016 app - we suggest you do. You may be locked away in your room studying but that’s no reason to fall behind with all the news.

And fret not, you’ll be all finished up in time for the glorious knockout stages.

As Euro 2016 gets underway - our thoughts are with the exam students

Even the poor devils doing Applied Mathematics, Japanese and Italian wrap up on June 24.

And then hopefully, Martin O’Neill and Keano will be leading the lads on as winners of Group E to the knockout game on Monday June 27.

As Euro 2016 gets underway - our thoughts are with the exam students

Here's a little extra sport. Watch the latest BallTalk for the best sports chat and analysis: What team will win Euro2016 and what player will be the star?

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