Irish fans to be honoured for good behaviour

Fans of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are set to be honoured following their good behaviour at Euro 2016.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s office said that Irish fans would be awarded the Medal of the City of Paris, or Grand Vermeil, by the city after making a great impression during the tournament.

From helping lost children to serenading women, the Irish supporters showed how fans should behave during Euro 2016.

“The supporters from Ireland and Northern Ireland have distinguished themselves by their exemplary attitude, fair play and good mood,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

A ceremony is due to take place in the next few days featuring fans from both teams.

The Grand Vermeil is the city’s highest honour and is awarded for those who excel in cultural, sporting and political achievements.

Irish fans won the hearts of many French people after being seen serenading a woman in Bordeaux, singing a lullaby to a baby on a train and helping an elderly couple change a tyre.

Fans of Northern Ireland were praised after teaming up with Welsh supporters to help a young boy find his father.

Speaking to French paper L’Equipe, Hidalgo said, “They had a very positive attitude, cheerful. They have been exemplary. We wanted to say thank you.”

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