Euro fever takes grip in Killybegs, Lifford and all over Donegal

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Euro fever takes grip in Killybegs, Lifford and all over Donegal
Diarmaid Doherty sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

The county will come to a standstill come 5pm this evening when Ireland kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden in Paris.

Hundreds of fans have made the trip to France from Donegal - many of them without a ticket for any of the games.

Of those left behind, many have booked half days or will finish work in good time to catch the action tonight with the county's pubs and night spots looking forward to a bumper evening of business.

Football fans in Killybegs will be cheering on one of their own with Seamie Coleman almost certain to be part of the Ireland defence.

The Everton full-back is part of a strong Donegal contingent in the squad along with Shay Given and Shane Duffy, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny.

For Coleman, it's his first appearance in a major tournament and speaking to the Irish Independent at the weekend, he said he can't wait for the tournament to start.

He also talked about his love for his home town.

"As soon as the season finishes I pack up and get the ferry from Holyhead," he said. "It's my favourite drive of the year. I love it. Ever since I moved over, I've just liked doing the drive home, knowing I'm going home for the summer.

"I'm very proud of where I'm from. I've said from day one when I moved that, all going well, I'll come back home eventually.

“Once my career is over I want to come home and live in Killybegs, live by the Gaelic club and live by the soccer club again. I do miss that side of things. Obviously, I love my time in England - but I'm a home bird."