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Dublin: 5°C Tuesday 2 March 2021
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15 reasons why tomorrow night's match won't be as much craic as Poznan

Ireland play Poland at Lansdowne Road but we’re not expecting the removal of any footwear for the Boys in Green.

IRISH AND POLISH fans get reaquianted for the first time since last year’s Euro 2012 summer romance in Poznan.

An estimated 35,000 members of the Boys in Green descended onto the city for two weeks of good-spirited tomfoolery which will be remembered much more for the what happened off the field than on it.

The pre-match advertisements have been calling for Ireland to return the favour and show Polish fans a good time tomorrow night when the teams meet at Lansdowne Road. Somehow, however, we don’t see the atmosphere in a blizzardous Dublin 4 being comparable to a jam-packed Old Market Square in the middle of June.

Here’s why:

1. If you take your shoes off for the Boys in Green, there’s a good chance you’ll get frostbite

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2. Eamon Keegan might not be attending


3. Angela Merkel won't think you're at work


4. Doing 'the Poznan' when you're not in Poznan just isn't as much fun


5. Shay, Duffer and Dunny aren't around

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6. Neither is Mario

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7. The Luas isn't green


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8. We've never heard anyone singing the Home & Away theme tune on public transport in Dublin

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9. The people of Dublin won't miss you when you're gone


10. George Hamilton won't go quiet while you sing the Fields of Athenry

11. You're unlikely to have any reason to say "Down with that sort of thing" or "Careful now"


12. The Aviva Stadium isn't going to be full

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13. It is not acceptable to go around looking like this...


or this...


and definitely not like this


14. You won't see Roy Keane and his beard talking about "sing-songs"


15. John Delaney won't... never mind

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