Pic: This brilliant Paul O’Connell flag could well be the ‘Merkel thinks we’re at work’ of the Lions Tour 9 years ago

Pic: This brilliant Paul O’Connell flag could well be the ‘Merkel thinks we’re at work’ of the Lions Tour

There will probably be plenty of Irish flags dotted throughout Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for the Lions tests later this month, but few of them will rival this brilliant Paul O’Connell banner.

One of the highlights of the Euros last summer was the number of brilliantly witty Irish flags that were seen held aloft by followers of the Boys in Green at the various venues in Poland, none more so than the ‘Merkel Thinks We’re at Work’ flag which achieved huge fame across the continent.

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Given the number of ex-pats in Australia, we’re hoping to see something similar at the Lions’ test encounters with the Wallabies later this month and a gang of Irish, or more specifically, Paul O’Connell supporting fans have got the ball rolling with this brilliant effort that will no doubt get plenty of exposure Down Under over the coming weeks.

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Pic via Facebook/Irish people living in New Zealand

With a Paul O’Connell/Chuck Norris reference and a little Wallaby-bashing thrown into the mix it really does tick all the boxes and has raised the bar for other Irish flag-bearers heading along to watch the Lions Down Under.

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If any of the rest of you have made your own Irish Lions flags or if you come across any that you think might be of interest to us, feel free to send them our way on Facebook, Twitter or to shout@joe.ie.

Hat-tip to Chris Clarke for giving us the heads up on this one