Wednesday 28 September 2016

What terror fears? Ireland fans snap up 5,000 Paris tickets for Six Nations clash

Ryan Nugent

Published 05/02/2016 | 08:39

Spectators invaded the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany on November 13 after explosions outside the ground
Spectators invaded the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany on November 13 after explosions outside the ground

FEAR of terrorist attacks is not stopping Ireland's rugby supporters traveling to Paris - where 130 people were murdered by IS in November - the IRFU confirmed last night.

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The men in green take on France on Valentine's weekend and the Herald can reveal that away allocation for the match in the Stade de France has sold out.

Some 5,000 Irish have purchased tickets for the showdown - with up to 10,000 fans expected to descend on Paris for the match on February 13.

Ryanair also insists that they've seen no drop in travelling supporters in comparison to previous trips to Paris, with almost all air fares booked up.

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"Our flights to/from Paris are almost full and with Valentine's Day falling on the same weekend, Irish rugby fans are mixing their love of out-halves with their love for their other halves," said a spokesman.

Avid supporters planning away trips to Paris or to London for the match against England at the end of the month had better start saving, as hotel prices are significantly increasing in tournament cities on Six Nation weekends.

Fans booking hotels around London can expect to pay €223 for one night. Hotel rates in Paris work out at €162, according to Trivago.

Meanwhile, Dublin hotels have also got in on the game - with one-night stays this weekend estimated at costing €184, as up to 10,000 Wales supporters descend on the city.

Prices for the second home game against Italy on March 12 work out at 51pc above average, with the final game of the campaign against Scotland in the Aviva even more expensive, at €255 for accommodation.

The Irish Hotel Federation has dismissed the findings, insisting fans planning to come over to Dublin have booked months in advance and have got "excellent value".

"The research carried out is based solely on the prices for rooms found on Trivago and represents last-minute, 'last availability' rates," a spokesman said.

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