In the third of a new series of features celebrating Forest fans around the world, we find out more about the Nottingham Forest Supporters' Club Munster Branch, from Ireland.
From Roy Keane to Andy Reid, The City Ground has been graced by numerous Irish stars, but it was another legendary figure from Nottingham that inspired Irish Tricky, Gearoid Lynch, to start his love affair with The Reds.
When did you start supporting Forest?
I started supporting Forest during the 1974-75 season. It all started when my mother brought home a box of Weetabix featuring the Walt Disney version of the Robin Hood movie. I then went to see the movie and became hooked on Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest and all things Nottingham. A short while later, while in hospital, a fellow patient lent me a book which featured an article about Forest and with a lot of Nottingham already there, decided they were the club for me. The rest is history!
How do you manage to follow Forest from abroad?
We travel to Nottingham as a group 5-6 times a year and usually meet up with Colin Barrett who is our branch president. We often go to a local pub to watch Forest when they are on the TV or meet at each other's houses. We are spread all over Munster – and indeed Ireland – with some members in the UK as well and one in Canada, so it is usually in Nottingham we meet. We also organise an end of season charity dinner every couple of years in the Manor Inn, Killorglin. This year we raised €8,000 for two local charities and it was attended by ex-Reds Colin Barrett, John O'Hare, Brendan Moloney, Andy Reid and Tommy Gaynor. Over 100 Forest fans attended from all over Ireland and the UK.
Who is behind the group?
I do most of the day-to-day running of the branch ably assisted by Mike Hurley who is chairman, Conor O'Sullivan who is ticket officer and Sean Donaghy who is secretary. Shane Kennedy runs the Twitter page and Paul Lynch looks after poster and ticket design for our charity dinners.
How long has the group been running and how many fans are involved?
We were formed in June 2006 with an initial membership of 27 but it now stands at 104 members and counting!
How can visiting fans find you on a matchday?
On matchdays in Nottingham we can usually be found in the Supporters' Club Bar at The Boat Club and later in the evening at Raglan Road Irish Bar on Derby Road. Back in Ireland, any gatherings we do have are held at The Manor Inn pub in Killorglin.
How can fans around the world follow you?