Long: Fans will have opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland football team

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has welcomed news fans will have the chance to celebrate the Northern Ireland football team, after a special homecoming event was announced.

Set to take place at Titanic, the Alliance Group Leader – who supported the team in France earlier this month – added the event would mark the pride everyone in Northern Ireland felt after the team’s performance saw them exiting the tournament after making it through to the last 16.

Councillor Michael Long said: “The Northern Ireland team’s journey has captivated everyone over the last few weeks, with thousands following the team across France and packing out fanzone sites at home.

“This event gives everyone the opportunity to not only celebrate the team’s fantastic achievement, but also show the players the sense of pride we all feel in their achievement.

“Over the past few weeks we have followed with pride as both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland progressed through the tournament, watching with enjoyment as their fans added to the fantastic atmosphere of the competition.

“Both teams have been impressive, inspiring everyone with their hard work and dedication and proving the positive influence sport can have on our community.

“We have waited a long time to mark this occasion and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and give the team the homecoming they deserve.”

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