The Irish national team has already been eliminated, and most Irish fans are already looking well beyond Rio. But not Eoin Conlon.
Over beers with a Brazilian co-worker in Dublin recently, Conlon started wondering out loud about throwing his support behind Iceland. “And we kind of laughed, saying: ‘Well, that’s as close as Ireland's going to get to Brazil. It's only a letter difference. A “c” for an “r.” We might as well be brothers,’” says Conlon.
Irelan has unfortunately been eliminated, but since Iceland still has a chance, and since the country is only one letter away, a website was set up to support Iceland. Then, they started a Twitter feed urging Irish football fans to back Iceland. The campaign is called County Iceland.
The support website reads:
Ireland didn’t qualify for Brazil 2014, which is pretty shit (excuse my French).
Actually fuck the French, they’re the reason we weren’t at the last one.
Anyway Iceland might qualify, so let’s get behind them - sure they’re only one letter away.
Ireland already has 32 counties. So, Conlon says, why not make Iceland the 33rd?
“There are only about 320,000 people in Iceland. So if they were a county in Ireland — I'm calling them the 33rd county — it would [be] only the fifth-largest county in Ireland. It's incredible the success they've had. And I hope it continues,” he says.
Conlon says the website is just a bit of fun. All a visitor has to do is click a "support" button.