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Irish fans are among the keenest to se their team at the Euro 2016 finals.  The first window of application to follow particular national sides closed yesterday with 3.5 million applications for the 800,000 tickets on offer.

Poland, France and Austria came in ahead of the Republic of Ireland and well ahead of countries like Germany, England and Spain.

The opening game against Sweden at the Stade de France, is the second most popular game in terms of the number of applications it has received.

All the tickets in this round will be allocated over the next six weeks in order to enable travel plans to be made or confirmed.

The FAI has said that allocations will favour those within the ‘football family’ meaning club members and season ticket holders at the Aviva Stadium are likely to have their chances boosted.

There has been no indication on whether commercial partners will have access to tickets from this or other allocations to use for customers or competitions.

Flights on Ryanair or Aer Lingus that would get you out in time for the first game on Monday 13th June and back the following morning can still be booked from Dublin for only a little over €200.

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