Friday 30 September 2016

Three Irish fans made it into Millennium Stadium for famous rugby victory thanks to quick-thinking couple

Published 12/10/2015 | 20:50

Happy Irish fans prior to the World Cup Pool D encounter between Ireland and France. Pic Credit: Twitter/@FluentBarry
Happy Irish fans prior to the World Cup Pool D encounter between Ireland and France. Pic Credit: Twitter/@FluentBarry

It will be a game that will live long in the memory, but three Irish rugby fans can thank a generous Limerick couple who managed to return their match tickets shortly before kick-off.

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Ireland’s 24-9 victory over France was achieved despite losing Johnny Sexton, Paul O’Connell and Pater O’Mahony through injuries and the atmosphere within the famous Cardiff venue has been described as one of the best ever involving an Irish team.

Tickets were like gold-dust for the eagerly awaited game, while in the last few weeks some supporters have paid well over the odds in order to take in the pool decider.

For one fan, it was almost a disaster before kick-off.

Supporter Ian Brown, who had three tickets for the Pool D encounter, realised that he had lost his prized possessions not long before the 5.45pm start time.

Unbeknownst to him, Limerick native John Cullinan and his girlfriend Rachel Kelly found the tickets in the Fanzone by the Millennium Stadium and their quick thinking resulted in the owner being reunited with the all-important passes before it was too late.

“It was Rachel’s quick-thinking,” John told independent.ie.

“We decided to create a sign and thankfully it was seen just in time.

“I think we saved Ian’s blushes,” he joked.”

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