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Saturday 23 August 2014

The dragon may have been slayed but Welsh fans add to party atmosphere in Dublin

Luke Byrne

Published 08/02/2014 | 13:29

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Welsh fan Dai Williams Dublin City centre ahead of the six nations game.  Picture;  GERRY MONEY.   8/2/14
Welsh fan Dai Williams in Dublin City centre today. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Welsh fans pictured in Dublin City centre ahead of the six nations game.  Picture;  GERRY MONEY.   8/2/14
Welsh fans pictured in Dublin City centre today
Irish fans Sarah Walker and Charlotte Blair pictured in Dublin City centre ahead of the six nations game.  Picture;  GERRY MONEY.   8/2/14
Irish fans Sarah Walker and Charlotte Blair pictured in Dublin City centre

THEIR team may not have won on the pitch, but the Welsh fans who had travelled for the massive Six Nations clash were determined to have a good time.

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For the Red Dragons followers, the party kicked off long before the game.

Pubs in Dublin city’s Temple Bar area were heaving with revellers in red from 10am, as breakfast and a pint was order of the day for many.

The dragon was flying high over almost every door and words of welcome written in Welsh commonplace. 

Friends Sophie Charles and Hannah Pugh were enjoying a rare sunny spell in the weather ahead of the game.

“We went out over the night and had an absolute ball. We’ve come here for the weekend. This is our first time in Dublin, it’s absolutely lush.

“I’d definitely come back here every year,” Wales fan Sophie Charles said.

As with many of her compatriots, she didn’t feel that the Brian O'Driscoll and Warren Gatland spat warranted much attention.

“I couldn’t possibly comment,” Sophie joked about one of rugby’s recent high-profile fallings-out.

While both women had managed to secure tickets for the game and got to watch it in Lansdowne, some were not as lucky.

Paul James, Mandy James, Hew Daniel and Joanna Daniel, from Ogmore Vale Wales, were also first time visitors to Ireland.

They had dressed for the occasion and weren’t going to let a failure to secure tickets get them down. They watched the action from a bar.

“It’s better to watch it in the pub, we’re not disappointed,” Paul told Independent.ie

Caught up in the sea of red were Sarah Walker and Charlotte Blair, who had travelled for a day trip from Bangor, Co Down, to support the Irish team.

“We’ve come down just for the day, we’re going to do some shopping, we have tickets to the match,” both nodded in agreement.

The girls, who were travelling home by train last night after failing to secure a ticket for this morning, said they would party following Ireland’s 26-3 thrashing of Wales.

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