THE FAMILY of Republic of Ireland defender, Shane Duffy, has followed the Irish team around France since the start of their historic Euro 2016 campaign on June 13th, but they’ve lost a trusted companion along the way!
Dad, Brian, joked he’s been forced to re mortgage his Galliagh home to fund their travels from Paris, to Bordeaux, onto Lille and back to the French capital in support of their son.
Accompanying them on their travels has been a giant Irish tricolour with Shane’s image emblazoned on the front, made by his mother, Siobhan.
The flag went missing during a night in Paris last week while the family celebrated Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Sweden at the Stade de France when Brian Duffy’s youngest son, Tony, left it unattended.
And, as they celebrated Shane’s tournament debut in the 1-0 victory over Italy in Lille on Wednesday night, the family issued an appeal to get their flag back as they prepare to march south to Lyon where the Irish meet the French on Sunday.
“We never got the flag back after that night in Paris,” explained Brian.
Siobhan was more annoyed about it than anyone else. She made it all up and got his photo printed on it.Brian Duffy
“Siobhan was more annoyed about it than anyone else. She made it all up and got his photo printed on it.
“It was a lovely flag,” he added. “She was going to hang it outside the house but I told her to take it with us. We have another flag now but it’s not the same.
“We took photographs of it everywhere we went but we lost it in Paris. I blame my other son for that. Tony had it tied around him and lost it somehow. It’s a good thing his head is stuck on his shoulders because he would lose that, too,” he laughed.
“Hopefully, we get it back. Fingers crossed.”