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Geraldine writes:

Can any of your readers recommend a good place in Dublin to view the match on Sunday [France Vs ireland, 2pm kick off]. I was among the crowd in your photo (above)  from the Sweden match [in Dame Lane, Dublin 2] . I’m looking for somewhere less busy and with a French twist (I will be with two visiting frogs). Anyone?

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Meanwhile, earlier in the Dáil…

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Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald during Leaders’ Questions earlier today

Towards the end of Leaders’ Questions earlier today.

Labour TD Brendan Howlin asked Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald – who was fielding questions on behalf of Taoiseach Enda Kenny – if it would be possible for Dublin City Council or the Government to erect a big screen in the capital for Sunday’s Ireland V France match.

Brendan Howlin: “I join with other parties on my behalf and that of the Labour Party in congratulating the Irish team on the magnificent result gained by them last night. I specifically congratulate the manager and fans. Every other major city involved in this occasion has a fan zone with a big screen. We have done something similar for all-Ireland finals and even for the equality referendum result. Is there any prospect that either the Government or Dublin City Council could by Sunday provide a facility for fans to enjoy the magnificent atmosphere if they cannot get to France?

An Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl: “That is one for the Tánaiste.”

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: “The Government could certainly approach the relevant bodies. We handled the public screening of the results of the marriage equality referendum very well at Dublin Castle last year. I am sure that could be replicated.”



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29 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

  1. russian juice

    DCC are planning on using Smithfield Sq to show to match. That’s from Cllr Gary Gannon’s Facebook page

  2. Tish Mahorey

    “I’m looking for somewhere less busy and with a French twist (I will be with two visiting frogs). Anyone?”

    Is this a covert little ad for some new French bar/restaurant where Geraldine’s friend will post a suggestion and a link?

    1. turgidson

      That’s kind of funny as here’s a photo I took in 2010 showing a proposal for Smithfield square complete with a big screen. What’s on the big screen? Ireland v France, in this case Thierry Henry’s infamous handball.

  3. Tish Mahorey

    She could hang around the Cuisine de France section in a Spar and stream it on her phone?

  4. 15 cent

    they didnt come here for french style bars. they probably wanna get immersed in irish stuff. be a good host and bring them to a decent bar and let them have some fun.

  5. rory

    Perhaps your french friends would be more interested in an Irish experience, seeing as they paid good money (ok a Ryanair ticket) to travel here. They’d get a far more authentic french twist back home, after all.

    Also, I’m guessing most Dublin venues will be mobbed beyond belief. Perhaps a more rural location? Somewhere in Wicklow? Don’t know the place too well but it’s got beautiful scenery, and its right on your doorstep.
    You could show them where all the bodies are buried! Authentic Irish experience!

  6. :-Joe

    When in Rome…

    Go to any bleedin Irish pub and stop worrying about the possibility of hooliganism when we beat you 3-0.

    Nobody sane really cares about 2009 and Thierry Henry, it’s just a good laugh and conversation topic amongst random fans….

    Henry is still a male genital for not even admitting it though…

    For a country with so much sporting talent, you are a bloody temperamental bunch of grapes…


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