AND SO IT starts.
The countdown to any major championship begins, if you ask me, when 20-odd professional footballers in oversized headphones stand behind a singer to mime an official tournament anthem.
Today, Damien Dempsey was that singer as he visited the squad base in Malahide to record the tune listeners of the Ray Darcy show produced with The Dubliners, Dempsey, Bressie and even Danny from the Coronas.
Stephen Hunt looks to be enjoying himself if nothing else.
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