Big sporting events are a great way of bringing a sense of patriotism out in everyone and it can be particularly poignant for expatriates, as it gives them a link with home.
This will no doubt be the case for many fans of rugby league living all over the world as the sport's World Cup kicks start in Cardiff next month.
A total of 14 nations will battle it out over the course of the tournament, which is this year being hosted by England and Wales.
The Irish team has already spoken out about the importance of expats in supporting the players, hoping that the community in England will spur the national side on.
Their first fixture is against Fiji at the Spotland Stadium in Rochdale on October 28th and represents a good opportunity for Irish expats in the Manchester area to come together.
Assistant coach Ged Corcoran, told the Irish Independent: "We have a great Irish community in Manchester. I hope many will be coming down to support their national team."
He knows how difficult this first match will be as he was part of the 2008 team who saw their dreams of winning the World Cup shattered by Fiji in the quarter finals.
It will be imperative for Ireland to do well in the fixture if they wish to get their 2013 campaign bid for the title off to a good start.
Ireland have been drawn in Group A, along with England, Australia and of course Fiji. After their first fixture they will then play England on November 7th who will have a home advantage in Huddersfield.
The final of the World Cup will be held at Old Trafford on November 30th and it will be up to the travelling fans and expats living in the local area to give Ireland the support to help them get there.
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