The day the Grand Slam game was held between Ireland and England it was a treat for the fans of both sides, but more for the Ireland fans who were on a high after being the winners of the Six Nations tournament. There were several treats in store for the Ireland fans in more ways than one. For instance, Aer Lingus had special treats in store for fans that used the airline to fly to London for the Grand Slam game. They gave a complementary jersey to every Irish fan who was on the flight from Dublin to London for the game.
The game was scheduled at Twickenham stadium on St Patrick’s Day which was on a weekend. Many fans were flying in to support Ireland at the stadium for the Grand Slam and the airline took the opportunity to offer the Irish fans a jersey that they could wear to the stadium to support their nation. That was not the only way the airline celebrated the near certain win of their country. They even decorated their planes, not only for St Patrick’s Day but also on occasion of the rugby event.
They even requested that the fans stick to the Ireland jerseys through the weekend in honor of the game. Many legendary players like Donncha O’Callaghan and Munster took photos in front of the specially decorated planes. Back in the hometown Ireland’s streets turned green as they celebrated St Patrick’s Day as well as people being on the streets as they wanted to cheer their rugby team as it took on the defending champions of the Grand Slam, England.
There were about 150 parades that came on the streets on St Patrick’s Day, which was doubled to celebrate and cheer on the rugby team. The festivities on the streets of Dublin ran for five days, which also included Mark Hamill, of Star Wars fame, who was guest of honor of the events this year in Dublin.