Leo blooms as Leinster heroes thank supporters
IT is an All Ireland final -- but it is going to going to take fans time and plenty of cash to attend it.
Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan yesterday admitted the spiralling costs of travelling to the Heineken Cup Final in London was "tough" on fans.
Prices for flights to London for the Twickenham clash against rivals Ulster on May 19 have surged to several hundred euro -- while fans are also scrambling for tickets at the stadium.
"The effort people make is hugely appreciated when they are there," stressed the Ireland rugby player, who has signed a new three-year contract with the reigning European champions.
"I don't know what you can do or say about it. Airline tickets are gone up massively as well."
A day return flight with Aer Lingus on May 19 now costs up to €552, while Ryanair flights to Stansted started at around €225.
But the Ireland scrum half said the boost the players received from raucous fans last weekend helped propel them to victory over Clermont in France.
"The fans seemed incredibly loud," he said. "It was apparent in the last few minutes and it did make a big difference on the pitch."
Mr Reddan was yesterday decked out in a straw boater and butcher's apron alongside Leinster captain Leo Cullen and player Kevin McLaughlin to launch the Irish Youth Foundation's (IYF) Bloomsday fundraising bike rally on Friday, June 15.
Sabina Cotter, from the IYF, said the rally would see nearly 100 cyclists take to the streets of Dublin on old-style messenger bikes on Friday, June 15 to help raise nearly €40,000 for the organisation which works with disadvantaged youths.
The cyclists will gather at St Stephen's Green before cycling through Dublin, while 200 guests will then attend a lunch and charity auction at the Shelbourne Hotel.
However, Mr Reddan won't be in attendance as he expects to be in New Zealand for Ireland's three-test tour there in June.