You'll never beat the Irish fans!
As you know we had our Mini Explorers campaign re-launch in Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park over the June bank holiday weekend and it was so successful that we are continuing to promote it at shopping centres over the next few weeks. We were in the Pavilions in Swords last weekend and our Mini Explorer’s team met loads of parents interested in our family breaks for their summer holidays. We’re in Dundrum Town Centre this weekend and the team are all ready with their balloons and competition forms! If you’re in the area make sure to call in for your chance to win a family break at a Carlton Hotel.
This week didn’t get off to a great start as we watched Ireland get defeated by Croatia on Sunday evening. We were very optimistic about Ireland’s chances in the game but unfortunately it just didn’t happen for them on the night. Croatia were the first to get a goal and there was hope when Ireland scored an equalizer until Croatia put two more passed Shay Given and we were defeated 3-1. Going into last night’s game against Spain we were more realistic and knew our best chance was to get a draw as we were playing the world champions. In the first few minutes Spain scored the opening goal and it was downhill from then on. Although Ireland managed to stop another score in the first half, Spain scored three more in the second defeating Ireland 4-0.
We may have lost the match but I was so proud to be Irish last night as I watched the end of the game. The only noise to be heard in the stadium right up to and beyond the final whistle was thousands of Irish fans singing the Fields of Athenry. Despite just watching their team being beaten by Spain, the fans showed their support for the boys in green in the best way they know how. The CEO of the FAI, John Delaney, released a statement praising the fans and in it he said “They are a credit to the game and to our country. On behalf of the FAI, the squad and management team I would like to thank them for their incredible support”. I’m sure that is something we can all agree on and although we’re out of the competition I look forward to cheering on our team against Italy on Monday!
Hope you all have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and don’t forget to say hello to our Mini Explorer’s team if you see them around Dundrum!