28/06/2016

Northern Ireland Team Arrive Back To Heroes Welcome

The Northern Ireland team arrived back home to a heroes welcome on Monday night, 27 June.

Thousands of supporters attended the Fanzone at Titanic Quarter to welcome them home from Euro 2016.

Manager Michael O'Neill and the players all lined up on the stage to resounding cheers.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: "I want to congratulate Michael O'Neill and his players for creating history in France by securing Northern Ireland's first ever appearance at a European Championship.

"I am immensely proud of each and every member of the team. Reaching the last 16 was a major achievement for Michael and his players. It gave people throughout Northern Ireland amazing shared experiences, pride and memories that will stay with us for a very long time.
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"The professionalism of Michael and his team shone through at Euro 2016. The dedication and camaraderie within the squad and the bond between players and supporters has been truly remarkable. I pay special tribute to our Green And White Army who won friends from across Europe with their good humour, spirit and banter.

"Our team and our fans were a fantastic advertisement for all that is great about Northern Ireland and I commend them all."

Sports Minister Paul Givan said: "This vibrant homecoming reflects the pride and delight that has been felt across Northern Ireland as the team qualified and competed in Euro2016. Michael O'Neill and his players have displayed great spirit and determination during their historic time in France and have been an inspiration."

(CD/JP)

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