Lads are J14 ads on rocky road to Poland

Soccer fans from all over the county set out for Poland recently to follow the Irish team at Euro 2012.

Soccer fans from all over the county set out for Poland recently to follow the Irish team at Euro 2012.

The tricolour-bearing camper van is fast becoming the traditional mode of transport of choice for Irish fans at major sporting tournaments abroad. Six guys from Monasterevin set off in their van on Thursday of last week.

They are being supported by Junction 14 Mayfield Service Station, who sent the guys on their way with a free tank of diesel in return for turning their mode of transport into a travelling ad for the popular motorway service station.

Conor Stafford, Mark Fennel, Kevin McArdle, Diarmuid Nolan, Glen Spearing and Dennis Mahon joined the estimated 20,000 Irish fans expected to travel to Poland for the tournament.

Vanessa Carroll, a supervisor at Junction 14, told the Leinster Leader about the excitement when the guys arrived during a rainy lunchtime on Thursday. “The weather wasn’t the best but everyone was standing at the doors looking out.”

In return for the diesel, the guys placed stickers on their van reading: ‘Fuelled at Junction 14’.

As well as supporting the “Boys in Green”, the guys are celebrating Dennis Mahon’s stag, so a seventh member is being taken along with the group.

“They had a blow up doll with them called Manuella,” said Vanessa.

Earlier last week, five guys, including Killian Ryan from Calverstown set off in their van, driving across the continent while raising money for the Irish Cancer Society. So far they have raised €1700.

- Liam Godinho