Irish fans to be honoured by mayor of Paris

Ireland fans will be recognised by the Mayor of Paris for their sportsmanship during Euro 2016. Credit: PA

The Republic of Ireland’s fans are to be recognised for “exemplary sportsmanship” by the mayor of Paris with a prestigious honour.

Anne Hidalgo confirmed plans to bestow the city’s highest award, the Grand Vermeil, on the Irish fans.

A letter has been sent to Irish President Michael D Higgin’s office laying out details for a planned ceremony.

The mayor said Irish fans had distinguished themselves with the atmosphere they created in their short but impressive time in the Euros.

The honour of the Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris was created in 1911 to recognise individuals or groups who have made a "remarkable act on the capital".

Among the names on the roll call of the honour for the Grand Vermeil are tennis champion Rafa Nadal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.

Ireland exited the Euro 2016 tournament at the last 16 stage after a 2-1 loss to hosts France.

The Irish fans were also recognised at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, when UEFA President Michel Platini announced a special award for the group.