The Football Association of Ireland have said the match will take place at the Aviva Stadium on May 27, just over a fortnight before the Republic’s Group E opener against Sweden in Paris on June 13. Holland are ranked 14th in the world but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group behind the Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey. Republic of Ireland will play Holland in their final pre-Euro 2016 Dublin friendly. The Republic start preparations for France with Dublin friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia on March 25 and March 29 respectively. Martin O’Neill’s side plan to play a fourth and final friendly away from Dublin before the European Championship starts, although the opponents and venue have yet to be finalised. The Republic face a tough Euro 2016 task with Belgium and Italy providing group opposition as well as Sweden. Press Association
Injured Troy HerculesAfter intense grilling by detectives from G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands), the two suspects who were apprehended in connection with the violent robbery committed on a barber have confessed.Forty-two-year-old Troy Hercules, also called “Akee”, was shot on Saturday by gunmen in front of his Henrietta, Essequibo Coast home. Hercules is presently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Suddie Public Hospital.The injured man on life supportSixteen-year-old Mahindra Giranandan, also called Anish, of Adventure, Essequibo and 23-year-old Mark Rafino, of Queenstown village, Essequibo have admitted to Police that they indeed robbed and shot Hercules. Both suspects were trying to escape the Region (Pomeroon-Supenaam) when Police nabbed them at Supenaam and Parika respectively.During a search of one of the suspects, detectives discovered a quantity of jewellery suspected to be Hercules’ and a .32 pistol with 11 matching rounds. Information revealed that the two unemployed men were seen earlier at Queenstown village at the same barbecue Hercules was attending on the night of his birthday. At the time, Hercules was reportedly wearing several heavy gold chains, rings and a band worth $3.5 million. Investigations revealed that the duo tailed Hercules to his home and when he exited his vehicle, they attacked, shooting him four times as they relieved him of his belongings.Hercules was rushed into the theatre at Suddie Public Hospital on Saturday morning for emergency surgery. The four bullets were successfully removed from his chest and legs.According to the victim’s reputed wife, Sheoma Critchlow, his condition is improving and he has regained consciousness. She, however, noted that he was crying out for pain about his body.Family members of the injured man are calling on the Police to thoroughly investigate the matter, contending that the gunmen should be dealt with according to the law.Hercules is the owner of the popular barber shop, Future Cut. Police are continuing their investigations and charges will soon be laid against the duo.