Wednesday 18 September 2019

Irish supporters told to focus on the rugby, not alcohol

Rugby fans pictured in the city centre ahead of the Ireland v Scotland Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Pic Stephen Collins/Collins
Rugby fans pictured in the city centre ahead of the Ireland v Scotland Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins

DECLAN WHOOLEY

Irish supporters attending Saturday’s mouth-watering Six Nations encounter with Wales have been urged to get to their seats in time.

There has been growing dissatisfaction that many fans are late arriving at the stadium, or at the very least their seats, compounded by the fact that some seem to have more interest in making trips to the bar and causing inconvenience to those around them.

Radio One presenter Sean O’Rourke spoke how he had to get up from his seat four times during the victory over Scotland at the weekend after a fan who was late made a number of trips to the stadium bar.

On Joe Duffy’s Liveline show one caller said that two young drunken supporters who brought a bottle of whiskey in with them had disrupted the game for everyone around them.

The issue over late fan arrivals is something that the GAA has had to contend with, with the finger often pointed in the direction of Dublin supporters arriving from bars closeby.

The behaviour of supporters is seen as something of a developing binge drinking culture and former Irish international Alan Quinlan was outspoken in his criticism of Irish fans during the home Six Nations games last year when he felt some placed a greater value on being in the bar than taking up their seats to support the boys in green.

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