Queens dead: Irish football fans celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s death

While much of the Commonwealth today grieves the passing of Queens Elizabeth II, some football fans in Ireland celebrated the news.

A video circulating online shows football fans chanting in celebration at what is understood to be Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium.

“Lizzy’s in a box,” they sang to the tune of the KC & the Sunshine Band song, Give It Up.

The video posted at just after 6am (AEST) shows the packed stands all chanting in unison.

It has been liked by almost 57,000 people and shared 16.4 thousand times.

The stadium was hosting a UEFA Europa Conference League match between Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers and Sweden’s Djurgårdens IF Fotboll.

Another video from Derry in Ireland’s north shows people on the streets in celebration.

People are seen gathering on the streets, leaving their cars in the middle of the street and even climbing roofs in celebration.

Ireland gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1922.

Northern Ireland, which includes the major city of Belfast, remained within the United Kingdom.

Tensions between Ireland and the UK – or UK controlled Irish territory – has plagued the country in recent history.

Queen Elizabeth died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland overnight. The Palace revealed she was under medical supervision amid escalating concerns for her health.

The Queen’s death was announced at 6.30pm local time (3.30am AEST). Britain’s longest-serving monarch was 96 years old.

Irish President Michael D Higgins also shared his condolences.

“Her Majesty served the British people with exceptional dignity,” he said.

“Her personal commitment to her role and extraordinary sense of duty were the hallmarks of her period as Queen, which will hold a unique place in British history.”

Micheál Martin, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, said the Queen’s passing was an “end of an era”.

He said the monarch was popular with the Irish public.

“Her state visit to Ireland in 2011 marked a crucial step in the normalisation of relations with our nearest neighbour,” he said.

“That visit was a great success, largely because of the many gracious gestures and warm remarks made by the Queen during her time in Ireland.

“Her popularity with the Irish people was also very evident and clearly made a very positive impact on the Queen. In particular, I recall the warmth of the welcome she received from the public in Cork during her walkabout at the English Market.

“To her grieving family and people, the Irish government join with you in mourning the loss of an exceptional woman who led by quiet and dignified example and who touched so many lives over her exceptionally long reign.”

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