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Sunday 4 December 2016

Fans will have to dig deep to see Ireland in Cardiff quarter-final

Fans ahead of the France v Ireland Rugby World Cup 2015 match at the Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.
Fans ahead of the France v Ireland Rugby World Cup 2015 match at the Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.

Rugby fans will have to dig deep in order to see Ireland play in the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup, as thousands are set to descend on Cardiff this weekend.

Travel agencies are offering weekend packages with tickets for the match against Argentina, flights and two nights' accommodation starting at roughly €800 each, while day trips start at around €550.

However, many are seeking out cheaper options by planning the weekend themselves.

Budget

Kate O'Keeffe (26), from Skerries, is a PHD student in Trinity. She is flying to Bristol for around €300 and getting a taxi to Cardiff, staying in a budget hotel and her match ticket was €150. She expects to spend "the guts of €700 overall".

"It'll be good craic. I've been planning it since the tickets went on sale in March," she said.

To avoid high travel costs, Finbarr O'Halloran (24), from Rathmines, is planning to fly to London initially.

"It's impossible to get into Cardiff from Dublin so I am flying in to London and getting the train to Cardiff," he said.

Finbarr plans to stay with friends and with a €65 match ticket he was allocated through the lottery system, he expects to pay just €250 overall.

Accommodation prices are also very high, with many hotels and B&Bs in the city sold out.

Patrick Kennedy (26), from Inchicore, decided to avoid the high prices by getting a camper van with a few pals.

He'll be parking in a local rugby club for just £5 each a night. The biggest expense will be the ferry, but shared among the group, Patrick said the trip will only cost €350 per person.

With a little luck and resourcefulness, fans can still find affordable options.

With an Airbnb shared between two, a shared car ride on the ferry (special offer of €50 each way per person in a car of four with Irish Ferries pre-booking) and a match ticket costing approximately €200, the overall cost would be roughly €700 each.

Ryanair has added extra flights and is offering a same-day return trip with prices beginning at €360.

Punters would want to act fast, though. Tickets, accommodation and flights are selling out rapidly as Irish fans prepare for an eventful weekend in Wales.

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