'˜I'll never forget this night in Lille'

Hundreds of Republic of Ireland fans from Derry partied into the night in Lille after the '˜Boys In Green' beat Italy to qualify for the next round of the European Championships.

Thursday, 23rd June 2016, 9:53 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:39 pm
Martin Mullen (centre) pictured on TV during the Republic of Ireland's win over Italy in Lille. Included, from left is Redmond McFadden and Barry Mullen.

Ireland had to win if they were to progress and win they did when Robbie Brady headed home a majestic Wes Hoolohan pass in the 85th minute.

Derry City F.C. Director, Martin Mullen was at the game with his son Barry and friend Redmond McFadden.

“I am so happy that I was in Lille for that match - it was an experience I will never forget,” said Martin.

The television camera zoomed in on Martin, Barry and Redmond during the match, beaming their faces to millions around the world.

“I believe we were on TV,” said Martin. “I received 79 texts when it happened - I can’t wait to see the clip.”

Martin said one of the things that has impressed him the most is how the French have received the Ireland fans.

“We were in the FanZone in Paris the day before the match and the atmosphere was amazing.

Derry man Niall Moyne (left) pictured with his brother-in-law Niall Moyne.

“The French love the Irish - I think some of them might even cheer us on against France on Sunday,” he laughed.

Niall Moyne, from Woodbrook West, was also one of the lucky ones to witness the magical 1-0 victory over the Italians.

Niall has travelled the world supporting the ‘Boys In Green’ and hasn’t missed a home or an away game in years.

“It was an unbelievable experience. Nights like that are once in a generation stuff and I’ll never forgot this night in Lille,” said Niall.

Derry man Niall Moyne (left) pictured with his brother-in-law Niall Moyne.

The Republic of Ireland take on France in Lyon on Sunday; kick-off 2.00p.m.