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Glory days for both Irish sides

Euro 2016 is turning into one of the sporting stories of the decade and at the heart of it all are the astonishing achievements of the two Irish sides

Northern Ireland were the first to confound the pundits by making it through to the last 16 this weekend, and the Republic also joined the party after a heart-stopping late victory over Italy on Wednesday night.

Many observers will inevitably wonder what could happen if Ireland was ever in a position to field a single team at the finals of a major football tournament.

However, supporters from all backgrounds can only hope that the emotional roller-coaster of recent days can take both squads at least one step further on their thrilling journeys.

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