The flare. Try as they might, they’ll never remove it fully from Irish football. They’re nowhere near as common as they once were granted, but they still come out on occasion, you can normally spot them light up a home or away section at a Dublin derby or cup final.
The football season kicks off tomorrow for me and many others. Saint Patrick’s Athletic are heading north to Belfast and Cliftonville await us. Pictures of the street art piece below, tagged ‘SEI’ for Shed End Invincibles, the Saint Patrick’s Athletic ultras, have helped get me in the mood.