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Over 120,000 fans travelled from Ireland to Britain last year to watch live football Newdesk

Published 10/09/2015 | 11:45

A lot of Celtic hail from Ireland
A lot of Celtic hail from Ireland

It's not surprising given our proximity to England that a lot of fans from Ireland cross the Irish Sea to watch Premier League games and Celtic in action but the numbers may surprise you.

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According to statistics released by Visit Britain, 121,000 Irish make the trek to watch football in another country.

Football tourists contributed £700m to the UK economy in 2014, with Irish fans contributing more than others due to the sheer scale of travelling supporters.

The figures were released on the same day it emerged that Shamrock Rovers told RTE that they would prefer if their home games for the remainder of the season were not covered live as they would adversely affect gate receipts.

The numbers show the appetite for football among Irish soccer fans and the money which would be available to a well-supported league here.

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