Thousands of racing fans bound for Cheltenham at Dublin airport
Thousands of racing fans, trainers, horse owners and jockeys will pass through the doors of Dublin Airport this week for Cheltenham.
Rory O'Callaghan from Rathcoole, Co Dublin goes every year to Cheltenham, and most of all he says he loves the good spirit of Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Festival is a four-day extravaganza for fans of jumps action in Britain, Ireland and France.
"It's bigger than Christmas," Mr O'Callaghan said.
At Dublin airport's Terminal 1, Johnny Luby and Jim Ryan from Tipperary joked that they hope to come back with more money than they're bringing over.
Horse owner Martin Mulvaney from Carrick-on-Shannon has had his horse Noble Inn trained by Willie Mullins.
"This is my fifteenth time going to Cheltenham and I was involved in a few horses through the years. I have a runner on Wednesday."
While trainer Michael Hourigan from Limerick admitted there will be stiff competition at the racing festival.
"He's up against it. He's not a bad horse," Mr Hourigan said.
"It's top class racing, all day everyday for the whole week."