An Inishowen councillor has defied the odds and beaten the online queues by securing a flight (at a fair price) to Estonia for the Republic of Ireland’s European championship play-off match.
Sinn Fein’s Jack Murray from Burnfoot who is a regular attendee at Ireland matches both home and away, purchased his ticket as soon as the draw was made on Thursday avoiding the inflated cost many fans are experiencing.
The young councillor will now be travelling from Derry to London and London to Estonia in his bid to see his beloved team succeed to the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine in 2012. “I watched the draw live online on Thursday and as soon as I heard Estonia I got online. Unfortunately the Ryanair flight from Dublin to Estonia was trebled in the usual price so I searched for alternative routes. I tried Ryanair London to Estonia but when I went to input my credit card details the page froze for a few minutes then the flights went up in price.
“I finally booked Easyjet London to Tallinn, where the game is being played, and it was only £55, the Derry flight to London is just £25 so all in all it’s not too expensive.”
Despite already having booked the flight and forked out on the money the Sinn Fein councillor has still not received a much sought after ticket for the match itself, although the regular spectator is confident he will get a ticket.
“They are giving first preference of the tickets to fans who have been to other away matches so as I would go to quite a few and I’ve already been to Slovakia and Moscow this year following them I think I should be ok to go to the game.” When asked about their chances of qualifying, Jack replied: “If Ireland can’t beat Estonia then they don’t deserve to qualify,” he laughed. “But in all seriousness I don’t want to be too over confident but I’ll remain hopeful we’ll get through.”