The five boys from Skibbereen, Co Cork, left little to the imagination in their figure-hugging morph suits and jaunty berets.
However, Patrick and Eddie Nealon and Eoin, Diarmuid, Stephen, and Paul O’Sullivan lightened the mood as they posed for photos after a draw that left many fans disappointed after Ireland’s positive start.
“It was uneventful,” one of the lads said.
“I felt I played well,” another said with a deadpan expression.
Getting much more from the group was difficult as their time was consumed by fans of both nationalities seeking selfies.
He may have been among the younger Boys in Green in St Denis, but John Paul Dennis is a well travelled Irish fan at the tender age of 11.
In France for two weeks with his dad Oliver, a Dublin native living in London, John Paul has followed the Irish team to Poland in 2012.
“His first game was a friendly against Nigeria in 2014, he had a womb with no view,” Oliver joked.
Despite losing the one- goal lead, John Paul was happy with the game, as was Oliver.
“We had a good first half, we played them off the park. In the second we sat back and let them back into it.”
Overall, with the context of Ireland’s last appearance at a European Championship, the pair weren’t too disappointed with a draw.
“After Poland in 2012 it’s good to at least get a point. They played for us out there and we enjoyed it. Obviously we would have preferred a win but it was a good performance,” he said.
The mood among the fans had been optimistic even before Wes Hoolahan’s
Kerryman Denis Doherty was upbeat after the opening 45 minutes.
“It’s been good enough. We’ve kept Sweden quiet enough and we’ve been getting closer with every shot,” he said.
Like many, Denis thought it was a positive line-up that was sent out to kill the game.He wasn’t looking forward to his long train ride to Bordeaux this morning, but still reckoned he’d make it to Montmartre for a few pints after the game.
Seamus Dunne from Kildare was equally upbeat after the opening half.
“It was pretty good from us, I just saw on the big screen that they’ve had more possession than us, but I would have been sure it was the other way around. On the balance of play, we’ve been the better team, we’ve looked more likely to score and Hendrick hit a savage shot off the crossbar,” he said.
“I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t go on to win, Shane Long has been very impressive but I’d like to see him get in behind the back four more,” he said.
Seamus was hitting the Galway Bar near Notre Dame regardless of the result, though he said the craic in Montmartre may change his mind.
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