Places to watch Ireland

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Places to watch Ireland


Irish pubs are one of Ireland's best exports so there'll be no shortage of places in London to cheer on Giovanni Trapattoni's men with a pint of Guinness during Euro 2012. What's more, there are over 150,000 Irish people in London so the support should be pretty stellar as the Republic of Ireland bid to pull off a surprise from their Group C of death, which features Spain, Italy and Croatia. Entering the tournament on a 13-match unbeaten run, the Irish surely can't maintain such form with a midfield so weak and lacking in dynamism. Still, the fans are sure to have the crack whatever happens.


Ireland Games


Sunday 10 June, 7.45pm: Ireland 1-3 Croatia

Thursday 14 June, 7.45pm: Spain 4-0 Ireland

Monday 18 June, 7.45pm: Italy 2-0 Ireland



Waxy O'Connors

Tel: 020 7287 0255

14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DF

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station


Situated in the heart of the West End, Waxy O'Connors is a labyrinth of four bars covering six levels all linked together by a maze of staircases and passages (just like Ireland's group it's tricky to find your way out). One of central London's most famous Irish bars, Waxy O'Connor's has several screens dotted around the premises and one large protection screen in the main room, which always gets busy and atmospheric on match days. The pub is showing all Euro 2012 games but there will be a special emphasis on the Republic of Ireland's matches.


The Auld Shillelagh

Tel: 020 7249 5951

105 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UD

Tube: Manor House Station


This narrow little boozer in Stoke Newington is a bona fide Irish pub as opposed to an Irish-themed pub and a huge favourite with the locals. Auld Shillelagh hosts frequent music nights and is also popular for big-screen football with high priority this summer going to Ireland's games in Euro 2012. If you want to watch the Irish play their first major tournament in quite some time in true Irish style, then this is the place to be. There's also a surprisingly large beer garden around the back for cooling off during half time. Kind, chatty staff and an expert pint of Guinness on tap makes Auld Shillelagh a winner and it's no surprise it's a recent winner of Time Out's best Irish pub in London award.


London Irish Centre

Tel: 020 7916 2222

50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB

Tube: Camden Town Station


Located in the heart of Camden near King's Cross, where there has been a large Irish community for many centuries, the London Irish Community Centre offers a range of services (educational and welfare) and cultural events for London's Irish population. The Centre will show all of Ireland's Euro 2012 games on a big screen free of charge for football fans in its large function room, which is bound to attract supporters of all ages and backgrounds. There's a licensed bar too, meaning the locals can partake in that other famous Irish sport: downing beers.

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