Guy’s story of drinking with the Irish soccer team is too good to be true

Wednesday November 18th, 2015

This is “Where in the World Wednesday,” where we try to bring you something from somewhere else in the world that you probably haven’t seen on another American sports site already. Or maybe you’re more worldly than us and you have seen it already. Congratulations. This week we’ve got a crafty Irishman desperate for a drink.

An Irishman named Jack Ring has quite the tale about a night of boozing with Ireland’s national soccer team. Is it true? Maybe.

Jack gave the whole story, and what a story it is. 

Ireland beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 2–0 in a game Monday night in Dublin to secure a spot in the 2016 European Championships. After the match, fans flooded the city in celebration, including Jack.

He made his way to Copper Face Jacks, a popular nightclub located about 15 minutes away from the stadium where the game was played. Jack gets in the long line outside the club and figures he’ll have to wait 20 or 30 minutes to get inside. But while waiting in line, he hatches a plan.

I look to my left and I see most of the Irish players being shown the way into the club. I jump out of the queue and walk in behind Ciaran Clark.

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This seems reasonable! You have to admire his quick thinking. And we know Jack got inside the club because he provided a couple photos with players, including star striker Shane Long. 


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But Jack’s story starts to get a little fishy when he gets into the details. 

Anyway I spent the night drinking and talking with all the players. It was an open bar and the players and coaches were feeding me drink. I asked one player to do a shot with me and he put down a full pint of Heineken and said “if you can down this in one go I'll do a shot with you.”

It sure sounds like Jack stretched the truth a bit, but it’s possible athletes in Ireland are just a thousand times more friendly than in America.

- Dan Gartland 

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