Council to look at showing Euro 2016 matches on big screen

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane (left) and Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis will lead their countries to Euro 2016 in France this summer.
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane (left) and Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis will lead their countries to Euro 2016 in France this summer.
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Derry City and Strabane District Council (D.C.S.D.C.) will explore the possibility of showing Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland football matches on a big screen during the European Championships in France this summer.

The request for D.C.S.D.C. to examine the potential of streaming the live games on a large television screen was made by Alderman Derek Hussey at a monthly meeting of the Business and Culture Committee in the Council Chamber in Strabane on Tuesday afternoon.

Committee members were discussing the idea of working with a private company to deliver an official FanZone for the city during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when Alderman Hussey made the request.

“I think it would be great if council could look at the idea of showing the matches of both teams on the screen.

“It would be fantastic for the fans of both teams who are unable to travel to France for the competition to be able to watch the games on a big screen with a bit of an atmosphere,” said Alderman Hussey.

Council officers will update the Business and Culture Committee on the issue at a later date.

The Republic of Ireland are in Group E along with Belgium, Italy and Sweden. They will kick the tournament off on Monday June 13 against Sweden in Paris.

Northern Ireland are in Group C along with Germany, Poland and Ukraine. They will kick the tournament off against Poland on Sunday June 12 in Nice.