Ireland’s World Cup upset boosts city sales

ALL GREEN: Irish rugby supporters in Auckland's Queen Street before the Rugby World Cup match between Ireland and Australia at Eden Park.

Source: Marika Hill, stuff.co.nz [excerpt]

Monday, 19th Sept, 2011

Irish pubs had one of their biggest nights of the year and trains were under scrutiny again after Ireland toppled Australia in a major World Cup upset.

Auckland pubs reported strong crowds and plenty of partying into the early hours after the 15-6 surprise win.

Guinness also proved to be one of the most talked about topics on Twitter on Saturday night, making its way onto the trends list.

The Clare Inn Irish Pub on Dominion Rd was overrun with green as fans poured in from nearby Eden Park.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown with Ireland supporters.

Pub chef Campbell Sprague said the Guinness was flowing in what was one of their biggest nights of the year.

”It was just a great atmosphere, the fans were all chanting.”

Despite the numbers packed in the pub, he said the crowd was well behaved.

Fans dressed as leprechauns or in green leotards flowed in to Father Ted’s Original Irish Pub in central Auckland.

Night manager and Irishman Mike Fitz said people were queuing up to celebrate the win.

The punters were also returning Sunday morning for a fry-up and beer.

Fitz said he was thrilled with his country’s win.

”I’m absolutely over the moon.”

Some of happy Irish fans could still be seen celebrating in parts of Auckland on Sunday about 8am.

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