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A wor­ried Seán O’Connell watch­ing Ire­land play Bel­gium in Jim Doyle’s pub in Bray on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The Boys in Green will face Italy tonight (Wed­nes­day) in a match that could see them through to the next round – or pack­ing their bags.

Af­ter a promis­ing dis­play against Swe­den on Mon­day last, Ir­ish eyes were cer­tainly smil­ing as fans headed to the pubs and bars of north Wick­low to cheer on the Boys in Green on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Repub­lic of Ire­land team – not to men­tion the coun­try as a whole – was brought back down to earth with a bump as a much-cel­e­brated Bel­gian side put three past lo­cal hero Dar­ren Ran­dolph.

It’s very much a case of all or noth­ing now as O’Shea, Brady, Long and the rest of the team take on Italy tonight ( Wed­nes­day, June 22) at 8 p.m. They need to put the Ital­ians to the sword to try se­cure a spot in the next round or its ‘au revoir’ to Euro 2016 and France.

Emer Kelly, Clare Bart­ley and Vicki Len­non at the Martello.

Philip and Sam Byrne in O’Driscolls on Bray seafront.

Lisa and Deb­o­rah Plun­kett.

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