The Vikings of Ireland
Tough, stubborn and clever fighters – the men of Iceland who kicked England out of the Euros didn’t lick these qualities off the volcanic rocks on their native island.
They can thank their maternal ancestors, who travelled from the shores of Ireland to settle the bleak island battered by North Atlantic storms and Arctic winds.
It means that the Irish can (almost) legitimately celebrate still being in the Euros and seeing off the Auld Enemy.
A casual glance at the Celtic heads among the throngs who celebrated Iceland’s victory over England with an impressive haka-style slow hand clap is more than enough confirmation.
There is a long shared history between our two island nations which many people are unaware of.
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