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Will Irish eyes be smiling at Euro 2008?

In the latest soccer fixtures, Ireland have some very challenging trips abroad. With friendlies and Euro 2008 qualifiers coming up, the Irish fans will be enjoying some exotic holidays as they follow the team.

First up, Ireland will be taking on Denmark in Aarhus on August the 22nd. This is sure to be an entertaining match, as both teams will be experimenting before resuming Euro 2008 qualifiers. This is the first international match for the Irish team since May and is a great opportunity for manager Steve Staunton to perhaps bring some fresh faces into the squad.

Back to competative matches, Ireland travel to Bratislava to face Slovakia in the Euro 2008 Group D qualifiers. The last time the two teams met, Ireland managed a 1 – 0 win.

They will be hoping to build on this success on Saturday September the 8th, and move one step closer to qualification for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

After the match in Slovakia, Ireland will hop across the border to take on the Czech Republic. The Sparta Prague Stadium will be packed as two of the favourites to progress from the Euro 2008 Group D qualifiers face off.

Last time the two team met, it was a hard fought 1 – 1 draw. Without the home advantage, Ireland will no doubt he happy with another draw against the skilled Czech attack.

You can join the Irish fans in Prague on Wednesday September the 12th.

On November the 17th, there is a match slightly closer to home, as Ireland travel to the beautiful Millenium Stadium in Wales for the last Euro 2008 qualifier.

The stadium is sure to be packed as, hopefully, Ireland secure their place among the qualifiers for Euro 2008.

Tickets for any of these games are available through the FAI.

Bonner honoured in Donegal

It was a moment no one in Ireland will ever forget. With the quarter finals of the 1990 World Cup within touching distance, legendary goalkeeper Packie Bonner faced off against Romanian striker Daniel Timofte.

The save by Bonner won the penalty shoot-out, and sent Ireland into the World Cup quarter finals.

For that, and the many other achievements during his football career, Packie Bonner was honoured with the Freedom of the County in Donegal, the area’s highest accolade.

He became only the second person to receive the honour, after fellow goalkeeper Shay Given was awarded it last year.

An emotional Packie Bonner paid tribute to his family, friends, coaches and fellow players who influenced him.

He said: “Without them I would not be where I am today. As you go through this, you need special people and I had it in my family. They are the people that helped me get where I am.”

Mayor of Donegal Enda Bonner thanked his cousin Packie for the great memories he had given every Irishman.

He said: “This award will adequately reflect the great esteem in which Packie is held by the people of the counties for the wonderful memories he has given us and the work he continues to do.”

Packie Bonner came from very humble beginnings. Aged 10, he and his twin brother Denis were able to get their pair of football boots after a good herring season in Donegal.

He became Jock Stein’s last signing for Celtic, when he moved to Glasgow in 1978.

His Ireland debut came in May 1981, on his 21st birthday. He went on to play 642 times for Celtic, and won 80 caps for Ireland.

But it was that famous save and Ireland’s run during the 1990 World Cup that turned Bonner into a national hero.

He said: “Everybody, young and old enjoyed it. I was privileged to be part of such a great team.”

He can also now enjoy the privilege of walking his cattle through Dungloe.

Soccer Online Shopping

Football and soccer lovers would be delighted to know that Dublin Events introduces an updated online shopping section known as “Soccer Shopping” where you can shop football equipment and accessories. This section endows you with ample chance to place your football-related-order, either it’s foot balls, shoulder pads, receiver gloves, pants, shoes, jerseys, helmets, back palates or mouth guards etc. So let your car remains stationary, sit back at home and place your order just by one click.