“I’ll enjoy the journey as much as the destination.”
Peter Reilly, originally from Dromard but now living in Lisduff, has not been shy in displaying his support for Trap’s army this summer. Not only is he making the arduous journey from Lisduff to Poznan by van, but he has dyed his hair and beard green, white and orange for the duration of the tournament.
His journey involves catching the ferry from Dun Laoighre to Holyhead, then heading for Dover (having passed through London) where he will hop across to Calais and then he will drive through Belguim, Holland, and Germany passing cities such as Antwerp, Eindhoven, Dortmund, Hannover, Potsdam, Frankfurt and finally Poznan.
All this, and he has no match tickets. Yet. Peter has a wealth of contacts and he is confident he’ll secure match tickets for each of Ireland’s matches. Extremely bullish about Ireland’s chances, he is fully expecting to make the trip to Donetsk (in Ukraine) should Ireland reach the quarter-finals, though he has informed me the trek from Poznan to Donetsk is, quite remarkably, the same distance as the journey from Longford to Poznan, all of 2,000km.
He is familiar with the terrain in Germany and Holland having worked in both countries in the mid-1990s, and should anyone be traipsing across Europe this weekend, Peter is up for picking up hitchhikers. Ever the sightseer, he plans a different route back to Ireland after the touranment.
This is the first major championships to which Peter has travelled (He agreed that attempting to travel to USA ‘94 or Korea/Japan 2002 by van would have presented insurmountable difficuties), however he has frequently been to matches at the Aviva, and attended a number of qualifiers both in the most recent campaign and down the years.