Four Irish soccer fans are cycling 500km to Paris for the Euros opener in June in aid of charity

The journey starts in Dublin on Tuesday 7 June.

IRISH SOCCER FANS are plotting different travel routes to Paris for the Euro 2016 opener on 13 June and four supporters have opted for a unique cycling journey to the French capital.

Republic of Ireland team huddle The Irish team huddle before last November's playoff against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Cork duo Cormac O’Keeffe and Jonny Lane, Tom Fox from Kildare and James O’Dwyer from Tipperary are planning to shout on Martin O’Neill’s side after cycling 500km from Dublin to Paris in time for the clash with Sweden.

It’s all for a great cause as they hope to raise funds for three Irish charities – Aware, The Irish Cancer Society and Debra Ireland.

They will begin their trip on Tuesday 7 June when they cycle from Dublin to Rosslare, before boarding the ship Stena Horizon and arriving in Cherbourg late Wednesday evening.

The lads then cycle from Cherbourg to Bayeux to Eveux before arriving in Paris on Saturday 11 June. The total cycling distance is over 500km with all donations going to three charities.

“It’s a big undertaking but we are all huge football fans who were planning to attend the Euros,” said Lane.

“We wanted to combine it with something special to show our support for these charities.

“We have set ourselves an aggressive fundraising target of €10,000.

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“As a group we choose these charities as they are close to our hearts and we are hugely passionate about the work they do around mental health, cancer research and supporting families who have children with EB.

“All the money we raise will go directly to our chosen charities as we are funding our trip entirely ourselves.”

For more information or to donate, check their site here or follow their journey on Twitter and Facebook.

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