Monday 19 August 2019

Phew! Meet the confident Irish fans who booked dream Euro 2016 trip after Germany win

Ireland will be in Pot Four for the World Cup qualifiers
Ireland will be in Pot Four for the World Cup qualifiers
Irish fans soaking up the atmosphere at the match in Warsaw
Irish team manager Martin O'Neill

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Following our 2-0 win over Bosnia last night, Irish soccer fans today scrambled to book flights and accommodation for the Euro 2016 finals in France next summer.

However one shrewd group of friends had already paid for their flights and even reserved a camper van after confidently making their plans five weeks ago.

Colm and his three friends, Ian, Cathal and Neil had the foresight to set up a bank account 18 months ago, especially to save for Euro 2016, and agreed to lodge €8 per week each.

"We thought we may as well have the money there and if it came to the time to book we would have it, and would be ready to roll.

"Back in October we decided to put the wheels in motion and decided to book it.

"The German game had been played so we were a little bit confident, the risk of booking then compared to having to pay a fortune now meant we decided to take a risk," Colm told RTE Radio One's Liveline.

Colm said that the group's gamble has paid off as flights have gone up €50 in the last few days and camper vans are booking up quickly.

His friend Ian said the "two gorgeous women" in their lives had no problem with them packing their bags and following the team to France.

"Unfortunately since we set up the fund two of the lads have got married and they're not going on the trip now," he said with a laugh.

Ian said there was an ongoing debate as to what would happen to the money that the two newly married men had contributed to the fund.

Host Philip Boucher Hayes opined that as the trip was the specified purpose of the fund perhaps their money should stay in the pot.

"Unfortunately for Cathal and Neil, I'm in charge of the fund so they'll have no choice," Ian quipped.

"We were in Poland 2012. It's all very above board when a group of Irish people get together for a sporting event abroad.

"It's divilment but it's good divilment - everyone is just out for a bit of fun and a bit of banter and its all done in good jest.

"When we were in Poland three years ago we were actually singing that much that we had days that we couldn't physically speak.

"We will definitely be bringing a cough bottle with us to France," he laughed.

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