Northern Ireland fans ignore French beaches for snow of Mont Blanc
A group of intrepid Northern Ireland supporters swapped the sun-kissed beaches of the French Riviera for the highest mountain in the Alps.
The five Ballymena friends took a cable car up Mont Blanc en route from Nice to Lyon.
They braved snow at the formidable peak - and were rewarded with spectacular views when the weather lifted.
Jonny Irwin said: "Suddenly it just cleared and the view was absolutely tremendous. It was a beautiful place.
"Everybody else was lying on the beach and we wanted to do something a bit different."
He said somebody died the day before gliding off the mountain.
They arrived at the top following a knee-trembling climb in a near-blizzard.
But the weather changed and Mr Irwin declared: "It was a fantastic experience."