Thursday 23 February 2017

Thousands make trips to Poland and Wales ahead of crunch ties

John Brennan

Adam Kiernan, Keith Flynn, Laura Carroll and Eunan Bonar, from Knocklyon, Dublin, at Dublin Airport before flying to Poland for the match tomorrow
Adam Kiernan, Keith Flynn, Laura Carroll and Eunan Bonar, from Knocklyon, Dublin, at Dublin Airport before flying to Poland for the match tomorrow

Armed with banners, scarves and flags, thousands of Irish rugby and football fans started making their way to Poland and Wales last night to cheer on the boys in green.

It is estimated that 2,500 passengers flying out of Shannon this weekend are headed to Bristol, Cardiff or Warsaw.

The number of passengers flying out of Cork to Cardiff and the nearby city of Bristol has doubled, with an estimated 1,082 passengers jetting out of Cork Airport aboard the 10 flights going to either destination.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus is expecting close to 6,500 people to fly to the aforementioned destinations over the course of the weekend.

Ryanair's Robin Kiely has noticed a substantial jump in seat sales.

"Our flights to Warsaw were already sold out and flights to Wroclaw and Lodz are also filling up fast," Mr Kiely told the Irish Independent.

Thousands of fans have made the trip to Warsaw to cheer on the Irish football team, knowing a 2-2 draw or a win will guarantee them automatic qualification to their second successive European Championships - a feat never achieved by an Irish football team.

Rugby fanatics have flocked to Cardiff as the unbeaten Irish team face France in a crunch match.

Fans will be relieved to hear that after a string of problems with transport during the Rugby World Cup, Great Western Railway confirmed that they have added "significant extra capacity" to services before and after tomorrow's match.

Irish Independent

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