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The Republic of Ireland to take next summer's European Championships by storm

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The Republic of Ireland qualified for next summer's European Championships after a heroic two-legged display against a heavily fancied Bosnia and Herzegovina side last Monday.

The Irish fought through the fog in Zenica during the first leg and thanks to Robbie Brady's strike brought something back to Dublin to fight for. The Aviva was packed to the rafters as a passionate crowd rediscovered the famous 'Lansdowne Roar'.

As the fans found their passion, Jon Walters struck not once, but twice, sending Irish supporters into hysteria as the dream of a summer in France became reality.

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It's been a qualifying campaign of heroes for the Republic. From Aiden McGeady's rescue act in Georgia, to John O'Shea's historic equaliser in Gelsenkirchen, qualification looked highly unlikely as Scotland looked set to win the race for the coveted playoff spot - but the Irish never gave up hope.

They pulled together, fought for each other, and believed. The team spirit in the squad is second to none whilst the passion of the crowd is unrivalled by any other nation.

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Martin O'Niells side only conceded seven goals throughout the qualifying campaign; the boys in green have an incredible work rate and a mean defence, to the extent any team would find this Irish backline very difficult to break down.

There is no fear from this remarkably determined side, justified by their taking of four points from world champions Germany. Roared on by fanatical fans, Ireland will prove a very tough opposition to face in France.

With teams who finish third in their group next summer still in with a chance to get through to the knockout stage, Ireland will fancy their chances of reaching the last 16 - and who knows, perhaps this heart-capturing team can progress even further.

In no other national side would you find such honest, hard-working professionals willing to give absolutely anything for their country and who are so proud to put on their jersey. Win, lose or draw, the Irish will never be truly beaten.

One thing's for sure: Ireland are going to France Euro 2016 - and we're bringing the party.

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