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Smithfield Square Will Be The Place To Be This Sunday For The Ireland Vs France Match

Smithfield Square Will Be The Place To Be This Sunday For The Ireland Vs France Match
By John Balfe
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Can't make it to France this weekend? Fear not, Dublin City Council has got you covered.

Smithfield Square will be the Mecca for Irish football fans this Sunday after Dublin City Council confirmed this afternoon that the area will host the crucial Ireland vs France with a big screen and fan zone.

Speaking to The Journal, Labour Dublin City Councillor, Rebecca Moynihan, said:

Final details have yet to be to be confirmed but a fan zone will be set up this Sunday.

The DCC had stated previously that they were looking into the costs of holding such an event, as well as examining the finer details of security and event management.

This follows calls in the Dáil this afternoon for Dublin City Centre to host a fan-friendly free viewing of the match.

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Labour leader Brendan Howlin said that "every other major city has a fan zone with big screens" and called for the government to put plans in place for Irish fans to "enjoy the magnificent atmosphere".

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Comparisons were made to the event Dublin City Council arranged - on relatively short notice - to mark the occasion of the results of the marriage equality referendum with a public reception.

Cork and Belfast both currently have big screens set up to show matches during the Euros and numerous supporters had been calling for the DCC to arrange something similar throughout the tournament and now, perhaps later than they might have wished, they have finally got their wish.

Due to the 2pm kick-off on Sunday, it doesn't look like alcohol will be permitted at the event but if you're looking to enjoy the match with a pint or two you'll have plenty of other options available to you in Dublin.

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Let's just hope the big screen is weather proof as we're hoping it will remain in place throughout Ireland's inevitable march to the final.

[The Journal]

See Also: L'Equipe's Front Page Today Is A Wonderful Tribute To Irish Fans

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