Friday 28 April 2017

By the high road or the low road, Irish fans make their way to Scotland in their thousands

Julie Hanlon from Co Offaly on the Royal Mile as Irish rugby fans arrive in Edinburgh Photo: Ian Rutherford
Julie Hanlon from Co Offaly on the Royal Mile as Irish rugby fans arrive in Edinburgh Photo: Ian Rutherford

Ian Begley

The rain did not dampen the spirits of Irish rugby fans as thousands jetted off to see Ireland go head-to head with Scotland.

Newlyweds Teresa Gallagher (30) and James Howley (31) from Swords decided to spend their first holiday together in Edinburgh cheering on the boys in green.

"We're really excited to be getting away and have been looking forward to this day for ages," said James.

"My best man who got us season tickets lives in Edinburgh - so it's also a handy way to see him too.

Collette Stewart-Lord and Colm Collins, from Skerries, in Deacon Brodies pub on the Edinburgh Royal Mile Photo: Ian Rutherford
Collette Stewart-Lord and Colm Collins, from Skerries, in Deacon Brodies pub on the Edinburgh Royal Mile Photo: Ian Rutherford

"I think Ireland will win, but it'll be a lot tighter than people think. The atmosphere alone will be great so it won't spoil our visit even if we lose."

Die-hard rugby fan James Harrington (23) from Cork drove four hours to Dublin Airport before a flight to Edinburgh.

"It's my first time going abroad for a match so I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be meeting up with my friend from Edinburgh and my cousin.

"If it rains I'd say the Scottish team will do better on the ground than the Irish, but regardless I think we'll pull through."

Newlyweds James Howley (31) and Teresa Gallagher (30) depart Dublin Airport for Edinburgh Photo: Doug O’Connor
Newlyweds James Howley (31) and Teresa Gallagher (30) depart Dublin Airport for Edinburgh Photo: Doug O’Connor

Philip Cooper (30) and his three friends from Meath predicted a 23-18 victory for Ireland.

"It'll be a close one, no doubt but we'll get through it. It'll be my third time in a row going to Edinburgh," he said.

"We'll be celebrating throughout our stay in Scotland regardless of how we do, but our heads might be a bit sore when we return on Sunday."

Darragh McLoughlin (40) and his three pals from Limerick and Clare agree that Irish rugby fans are the best of all.

"I think the rugby fans are always the best craic. The atmosphere is better than anything you'd ever see. Even the locals of any country you visit join in with the celebrations."

Irish Independent

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