On July 30th, 1916 an explosion at a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, damaged the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

Jim Larkin was in New York when a massive munitions explosion caused huge damage

Fans at the end of the France v Republic of Ireland Euro 2016  match: Irish fans, from  North and South, will be awarded the Medal of the City of Paris for their behaviour. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The Irish supporters in France are winning medals . . . for getting drunk and singing

Irish fans cheer after the  match between France and Ireland at Stade de Lyon in Lyon. France won 2-1. Photograph: EPA

Fans from both sides of Border showed ‘exemplary attitude’ during Euro 2016

Dejected Ireland players after the 2-1 Euro 2016 loss to France at the Stade de Lyon. Potograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

Eulogised Irish fans head for home as side falls just short of reaching dizzying heights

Irish fans celebrate during the Euro 2016  match between Italy and Ireland  in Lille, which  Ireland won 1-0.P Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Irish fans hope the French might love them enough to get them into the game

Robbie Brady: his late heroics shifted the focus south of the Border. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

After late triumph against Italy, Irish fans nurse their tonsils

Man of the moment: Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the decider against Italy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

On night to remember against reeling Italians midfielder clinches qualification spot

Republic of Ireland fans goof about  with a football in the Grand Place in Lille, France,  June 21st, 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Euro 2016: There are musical events happening all over France. And some football

Robert O’Connor, Brian Sherrock and Gary Sherrock from Meath ahead of the match in Lille. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Euro 2016: Makers of cognac may have lesson for Martin O’Neill’s team as they face Italy

Fun and games: Republic of Ireland supporters  at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

GAA county colours are donned in Bordeaux to help get over trauma of defeat

Republic of Ireland fans appear dejected after the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux. Photograph: PA

Talk of Belgian disunity counts for little in comprehensive victory over Ireland

Republic of Ireland fans in  Bordeaux, France, for Euro 2016. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Supporters hope for a result in Belgium match that would extend their French adventure

Fans on tour: Republic of Ireland faithful show their devotion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Forget about football . . . real competition is to decide which team has the best supporters

For a few moments, this man had a glimpse of what it must be like to be the pope, delivering his Urbi et Orbi address. Photograph: Jeanne b/Youtube

As fans head to Bordeaux, Parisians breathe a sigh of relief following ‘la folie Irlandaise’

Flying the flag: Conor Condon, Gary Seary, Jack Hughes, Darren Reilly and Carl Kearns from Templeogue, Dublin in Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The party continues in France, but now soccer fans’ thoughts are turning to Belgium

Ireland and Sweden fans wait for the Group E match kickoff at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Photograph: AFP Photo/Miguel Medina

Post-Bataclan fears banished as fans send message that terrorists never win

Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan (right) celebrates with  midfielder Glenn Whelan (left) and  midfielder Robert Brady  after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 group E football match between Ireland and Sweden at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

We discovered Republic of Ireland had a bit missing - namely, any defensive composure

Republic of Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere in Paris ahead of Monday’s game against Sweden. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Not even heavy security has been able to spoil air of fraternity enveloping French capital

Party time: Italia ’90 fever. Photograph: Tony O’Shea

The people have transformed as much as the country – which was more untamed then

K is for Keogh, Davy: the Irish super fan has been saying hello at games for 30 years now. His flag will be a certain fixture at Euro 2016.

Albania to Zlatan, to a now slightly arthritic Joxer, here's everything you need to know

Fans watch nervously as their team prepare to take an early penalty in the match between the Republic of Ireland and France during the Euro 2016 match, in the fanzone at Smithfield Square in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish fans in France were showing signs of exhausting their stock of wit and charm

Watercolour drawing of Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge (1818) by Samuel Frederick Brocas. Image courtesy of National Library of Ireland

Landmark has survived despite criticism by WB Yeats and the scourge of ‘love locks’

Illustration from Alison Hackett’s “The Visual Time Traveller: 500 years of history, art and science in 100 unique designs”

Renaissance man meets Renaissance woman

Steve Cranly, Colette Reynolds and Wendy Louise Knight cheer on a winning bet in the first race on the second day of the Punchestown Racing Festival near Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Frank McNally: Results in keeping with the fickle weather as favourites lose out

 Val O Donnell leads the toast  at the Palace Bar in Dublin on the 50th anniversay of the death of Brian O’Nolan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fans gather in Palace Bar to pay tribute to the man himself, Myles

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