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Carl Frampton, Gary Lightbody and Rory McIlroy lead messages of pride for Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 journey

By Claire Williamson

Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 dream may have come to an end but the Green and White Army have shown they are by no means down and out.

Gary Lightbody, Carl Frampton and Rory were among the first of thousands who have been sending messages full of pride and praise about the team's Euro 2016 journey.

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Northern Ireland's first ever European Championship finals came to an end as Wales emerged the victors from the Paris battle on Saturday at Parc des Princes.

Swarms of fans followed the team to France where they have been hailed for their sense of humour and fun the Green and White Army (GAWA) has won hearts everywhere they went in Nice, Lyon and Paris.

Even after defeat on Saturday night the Green and White Army were still singing strong in the stadium.

Northern Ireland's players applauded their supporters before they left the pitch.

 

Superstar golfer Rory McIlroy was among the first to send his praise to the team.

He said: "You did us all proud. It's only the beginning, let's get to the World Cup in 2018."

Meanwhile Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody said the team played like "lions".








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