A father-of-three has headed off to Euro 2012 - without telling his wife that he won’t be back until the whole tournament is over.
Die-hard fan John Dowling left his family in Sandyford in Dublin on Sunday to head to Hungary for Ireland’s friendly in Budapest on Monday night - and is afraid to tell his wife.
“I said goodbye to the wife Adrienne and said, ‘I’m off - but I didn’t tell her where!” he said.
“I’m afraid to ring her. She still doesn’t know I went to Budapest but she’ll find out today in the Star. I might switch my phone off.
“She knew I had to go to the Euros. I haven’t missed a game in two campaigns. I have tickets all the way to the final, so that’s the three group games, the quarter finals, the semi and the final,” he said.