The Department of Foreign Affairs hand out 50,000 leaflets for Irish fans ahead of Euro 2016

The leaflet has a list of key phone numbers that fans may need in France

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The Department of Foreign Affairs handed out 50,000 leaflets at Ireland's friendly with the Netherlands on Friday night with travel tips ahead of Euro 2016.

Thousands of Irish fans are expected to travel to France, with and without tickets for Ireland's three Group E games. With games taking place around the country, Irish fans are expected to be in attendance at every game.

Minister Charlie Flanagan revealed the reason for publishing the leaflet for Irish fans was to help them have all the key information that may be needed in one handy place.

"The purpose of this leaflet is to convey key information to enable them to travel safely and wisely and I would urge all those travelling to study it closely, either the hard copy or via our special Euro 2016 microsite, and to bring a copy to France."

"In particular, any fans travelling should immediately purchase travel insurance, check their passport’s validity and register their details on our website so that we can contact them and their family in an emergency."

Ireland's three group games take place in Paris and Lille in the north of the country and Bordeaux in the south, meaning fans will be involved in a lot of travelling. Minister Flanagan added that officials from the Irish Embassy in France will be based in all three cities around the matches to help fans.

"If Irish fans take care of themselves and their friends, I know that this will be another enjoyable and memorable tournament for both those who travel and the fans at home."

You can download the leaflet here.