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Tartan foot soldiers enjoy a taste of Dublin

THOUSANDS of members of the Tartan Army flooded into Dublin yesterday, giving city hotels and pubs a welcome shot in the arm.

Passers-by did a double-take as the good humoured Scots, many wearing kilts, wandered around the sights ahead of last night's clash with Northern Ireland at Lansdowne Road in the Carling Nations Cup tournament.

An estimated 5,000 Scots came over for the low-key fixture -- and they were joined by thousands more fans from the North.

Tartan-clad Glaswegian David Rogage sailed from Stranraer to Larne, Co Antrim, and got the bus down yesterday.

"It's all about supporting the team, no matter where we are, no matter what the weather, we'll be over," he said.

"There's loads over on a wet Wednesday night so it's a great effort."

Ross Fenton and Alan McNass faced a 7am flight home this morning to be back in time for work.

"It's the pride of the nation, we're mad. We joined the Tartan Army this year and we're going to try and get to every one," Mr McNass said.

"It's more about the experience. Dublin's been lovely, it's been good."

Many supporters stayed at Blooms Hotel in Temple Bar and around 200 followers packed out the bar ahead of the game.

Bar manager Eamon Doyle said: "The atmosphere was great. Everyone was singing, requesting songs and having a laugh."

Irish Independent