Euro 2016: Watch how Irish fans bring delight to football tournament marred by hooliganism

Irish fans cheer for their team during the Uefa Euro 2016 Group E preliminary round match between Belgium and Ireland in Bordeaux, France, on June 18, 2016.
Irish fans cheer for their team during the Uefa Euro 2016 Group E preliminary round match between Belgium and Ireland in Bordeaux, France, on June 18, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

On the verge of elimination, Ireland have fared poorly at Euro 2016 but their fans still boisterous.

Despite their team's showing, the Irish supporters have made many friends across France winning people over with their good nature, humour and exuberance.

In a tournament marred by fan violence and hooliganism, as seen among the Russian, English, Croatian and Hungarian fans, the 70,000-strong contingent from the Emerald Isle has proven to be a class above the rest.

Here are some examples of the Green Army's delightful antics in France:

Having fun with the locals

Wherever they are, the Irish sure know how to get a party started. Whether it is serenading a lovely French dame or singing for an ordinary Frenchman standing on a balcony, Ireland's fans are gracious guests and perhaps this is their way of saying "merci beaucoup" to the host nation for having them in town.

Charitable nature

Besides entertaining the French with their singing, the Irish have also demonstrated acts of kindness during Euro 2016. When a couple of the Green Army supporters came to an elderly couple's aid (photo in tweet below), their actions went viral on social media and the whole world fell in love with how terrific the Irish fans were.

The Irish are also not afraid to get their hands dirty to lend a helping hand. To let a French cyclist pass through the crowd outside an Irish pub in Bordeaux, the fans literally carried the man - still on his bike - over their heads to let him through. Talk about going the extra mile.

Ireland fans also always ensure they never leave a mess behind after a night of Guinness. As they happily picked up their rubbish from the streets, the Irish would patriotically say "Clean up for the boys in Green" and march on.

Irish super troopers belting out Abba hits

Instead of the violence of the Russian, English, Croatian and Hungarian fans, the Irish prefer to burst out into song... with opposing fans.

Ahead of their eventual 1-1 draw with group E rivals Sweden, the Ireland supporters joined forces with their Swedish counterparts for the Abba classic Dancing Queen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawJI9-9Swo

Ireland fans also played a part to end hostility between rival supporters.

When tensions boiled over between English and Welsh fans in Bordeaux, the Irish acted as peace-makers to diffuse the situation and even brought the Wales contingent out for drinks.

Deeds like this from the visiting Irish have not escaped the eye of French higher-ups , who have heaped praise on the fans' enthusiasm and impeccable behaviour.

Mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo both applauded the positivity that surrounds the Ireland fans.

The Green Army is so popular in France that politicians are in favour of the Ireland team qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Although the football played by Martin O'Neill's team is average and predictably direct, there is no denying that they are top of the table when it comes to their supporters.

And the longer they stay in France, the better.