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We might have missed out on progressing to the next stage of Euros 2016, but the Republic still have a lot to celebrate despite our devastating loss to France on Sunday afternoon.

While we all know our fellow countrymen did us proud while supporting the boys in green across the pond, it looks like some people are very eager to make it OFFICIAL.

According to emerging reports, the Mayor of Paris has announced that she will be awarding the Medal of the City of Paris to the Republic of Ireland football fans for their sportsmanship throughout the football tournament.

From changing tyres to singing lullabyes, the Irish fans endeared them to local residents and the wider world as they cheered on the Republic of Ireland team in recent weeks, and now we'll have a medal to prove how sound we are.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said our nation's supporters have been "exemplary in their sportsmanship" and helped create an atmosphere that set them apart from other fans in France this summer.

It is understood that Mayor Hidalgo will be writing to President Higgins to inform him of her decision to bestow the Grand Vermeil – a truly prestigious honour – on the Republic's football fans. 

Aw, what a way to top off the tournament!

Feat image: Getty 



Football fans may have been focused on England’s performance on the pitch, but the more eagle-eyed among us were a little more interested in the women supporting the England players after their shock exit from the Euros this week.

After a devastating 2:1 defeat to bookie outsiders, Iceland, the English team looked like the weight of the world was on their shoulders.

Luckily, however, for Dele Alli, he had the support of one very stunning brunette…who everyone is talking about right now.

Whether it was her stunning good looks or the playsuit which we just NEED to get our hands on, Ruby Mae has become a bigger talking point than her footballer boyfriend this week.

Consoling Dele in light of the team’s shock departure from the tournament, the model, who is signed to Boss Models Management, leaned in for a kiss with the Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder, and if this was 2006, we might say a wag was born, but it’s not.

Already completely established in her own right, 21-year-old Ruby has worked alongside fashion heavy-hitters such as Dolce & Gabbana, Rare London and Adidas, and it sounds like her star is only set to rise even further.

Despite having been recently linked to TOWIE's Ferne McCann, if these pitch-side shots are anything to go by, it definitely looks like Dele only has eyes for Ruby, and we don't blame him.

Centre image credit: Paul Chesterton/ Focus Images/ Mark Large



While Ryanair have laid on extra flights to facilitate football fans hell-bent on seeing the boys in green take on France this Sunday, not all of us will be able to make the journey.

With that in mind, Labour party leader, Brendan Howlin, today suggested that a fanzone be set up in the capital this weekend, and it looks like it's paid off!

Putting the proposal into motion, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald turned to Local Planning Minister Simon Coveney who, according to The Independent, pitched the idea to Dublin City Council.

"Government can certainly approach the relevant bodies, we handled the public screening of the results of the marriage equality referendum very well in Dublin Castle so I'm sure that can be replicated," Ms. Fitzgerald said at the time.

Having gotten word that the plan can go ahead, Ms. Fitzgerald has confirmed that giant screens will be erected in Smithfield on Sunday.

While full details of the event have yet to be released, you can expect to hear more later today!

We know where we'll be this Sunday!




When Robbie Brady's header sent the Republic of Ireland into the next stage of the Euros last night, the entire country quickly dubbed the Baldoyle-native our nation's new hero.

And nowhere was that sentiment more evident than when Robbie rushed to the Stade Pierre Mauroy stands to tearfully embrace his long-term girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Kerrie Harris.

Kerrie, who runs a successful dance school in Swords, has been documenting her partner's career online, and the photos and footage are sending us all over the edge at SHEmazing! HQ this morning.

And while Robbie may have a whole host of adoring new fans this morning, there's no doubt his gorgeous little girl, Halle, is, and always will be, president of that particular fan club.

Before our boys in green ever boarded a plane to France, Halle was her dad's right-hand woman and even joined him on the pitch during his last home game before the Euros.

And from the moment the lads touched down in the French capital, Halle and her mum have been doing the boys in green proud.

From snaps of their two-year-old daughter Halle rocking a Republic of Ireland strip and pics of her navigating her way around Paris to a photo of Halle and her Daddy before his big European tournament, this is Instagram gold.


#France #Euros2016 #ProudGirls #COYBIG

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We don't know whether it's the day that's in it, the electric atmosphere or the fact family shots always hit us in the feels, but we cannot get enough of the Euros through Kerrie and Halle's eyes.

Aw girls, we cannot cope! 



If you grew up in a sports-mad house, you'll be all too familiar with the roars of excitement and shrieks of delight that accompany any big match.

Learning to tune them out was part and parcel of family life, but sometimes – on very important occasions – the celebration was bigger than you.

Girls, sometimes the celebration was bigger than all of us.

Discovering that at an early age is the only way to navigate life in a football-obsessed house, and it looks like one little lad in Nottingham has just been officially schooled.

While watching Ireland play against Sweden with his Dubliner dad this week, Gavin Hughes became a prop in his father's display of celebration.

And, as is only right, the moment soon made its way onto Facebook and right into our hearts…



As more and more videos emerge from the Euro celebrations, we can't help but kick ourselves for not having had the foresight to book a ticket to the French capital and live it up with our fellow countrymen.

From treating each other to match tickets and changing tyres for random locals to getting their ABBA on with Swedish fans, there's a reason why the Irish fans are considered some of the best in the world.

And now, the lads and ladies of our great nation have managed to shut down an entire street in Paris while raving to Mark McCabe's smash hit Maniac 2000.

In footage which was uploaded by Sin Nightclub, hundreds of Irish fans, draped in tricolours and sporting Irish jerseys, can be seen jumping in unison to a track which makes an appearance at every 21st, Debs and wedding reception the length and breadth of of Ireland.

Let's face it, it may as well be our generation's national anthem, and these lads gave it SOCKS.

How badly do you want to be there?!



With Russian and English fans hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons since the Euros kicked off, we can't help but feel more than a twinge of pride for our fellow countrymen who are flying the flag for Ireland in Paris this month.

From bonding with the locals to treating fellow football fans to a rendition of Dancing Queen, our lads and lassies know how to do it abroad, but the latest story to emerge from Euro mania is definitely the greatest yet.

Having stumbled upon a fellow Irish fan who had lost his ticket, Brian Kerrigan and a group of mates chipped in €50 each and made sure their new pal wouldn't miss out on seeing his country play in the French capital.

After capturing the glorious moment on camera, Brian uploaded the video to Facebook where it has been widely circulated since yesterday, and wrote "Just found Jay who was in tears because he lost his ticket. We all bunched in and sorted him out! COYBIG."

If this doesn't make you proud to be Irish, we don't know what will.




It's safe to say we all love surprising – or playing jokes on – our Irish mammies. They just have the BEST reactions.

But sometimes – as these two Clondalkin brothers found out – it can go very, very wrong.

According to FM104, Jason Garvey and his brother wanted to *surprise* their mother who was on holidays.

To celebrate to upcoming Euros, the lads painted the house green, white and orange. YES. The WHOLE house.

Now, the lads swear they were only thinking of their mammy, but admitted that she's not the biggest fan of football. Huh?

"She hates it but watches the big games and pretends she knows it all," Jason said.

So, Jason and his brother started the work on painting the house when disaster struck. Jason's brother climbed up a ladder, only to fall from it at a height and hurt his back.

And to make to story worse, their mother was absolutely livid at what her boys have done.

"She was shocked. She hates it, she's very embarrassed," Jason said.

Shock horror, lads. We think you've learned your lesson.