Put ’em under pressure.
When Jonny Walters’ 2nd goal hit the back of the net on 70 minutes last night the Aviva was rocking and a whole nation erupted with joy. For just the third time ever the Boys in Green are on route to the Euros and there will undoubtedly be an army of green behind them as they go on a mission to set the record straight after what was a depressingly disappointing outing in Poland nearly three and a half years ago.
We’ve put together a quick checklist of some things you might need to get sorted before you try to navigate the continent:
- Return flights/Campervan/A loan of a boat
- Match tickets
- Jumpleads for the van
- Joxer & the lads
- Somewhere to stay
- An adequate supply of jocks and socks, and maybe a sleeping bag
- An Ireland jersey (Preferably of the West Germany ‘88 Vintage, although a 2002 World Cup edition will suffice)
- A Nokia 3310 out of retirement (can’t be dealing with that iPhone charge!)
- Gary Breen out of retirement
- A very understanding boss
- Your Leaving Cert French Oral notes (of particular use will be the vocabulary in the notes titled “Le Sport” and “Mes Vacances”)
- A dusty bodhrán, tin whistle or other miscellaneous trad instrument, so you can play the Kerry Polka and that other song you don’t know the name of sixteen thousand times
- A few bob spending money
- The emergency “if Ireland get to the final” fund
- A back up green t-shirt with the obligatory Father Ted reference
- An endless supply of hope and dreams
In 2012 we paid out a large number of loans to members travelling to the Euros and we expect that this time will be no different. So why not take the pressure off and talk to us about a holiday loan to help get you to France and back again for what could be a once in a lifetime tournament. We can be of particular assistance in sorting finance for the items listed in bold – we’re sure you can sort the rest.