One million “free” flights if Ireland beat England at Croke Park

Never a company to miss out on a marketing opportunity, Ryanair has announced that it will give away 1,000,000 “free” flights “when” Ireland beat England in the 6 Nations rugby clash in Croke Park this Saturday. The offer is limited to one way flights and excludes taxes and charges.

Announcing the pre match incentive, Ryanair’s Peter Sherrard said:

“This is the first time that the English have been invited to Croke Park and we’ve no doubt that it will be an occasion to savour. To help the Irish team on to their 4th consecutive victory against England, we will give away 1,000,000 free flights when they win. That way, the Irish fans can fly to England to boast about the win, while the English fans can avoid the television replays with free escape flights!

The 1,000,000 victory seats will be made available from Monday morning, when we hope the whole of Ireland will have something to gloat about”.

It’s not the first time Ryanair have offered special deals if England get beaten in sporting event. Last year, company CEO Michael O’Leary offered to give away 100,000 free flights to Germans if their team managed to score against England in the World Cup.

“The Germans need all the help they can get,” he said at the time. The teams never played against each other. O’Leary also considered offering free flights for any goal scored against England.

  • Plum Duff

    One way, eh? Given Ryanair’s history of promised free flights in the past, what’s the betting there’ll be one to the moon but you’ll have to find your own way home?

  • So, Ryan air are offering 1,000,000 free one-way flights for Unionists to leave the Northern Part of Ireland and settle on the Brit mainland if Ireland beat England at rugby.

    Would certainly save alot of time, money and conflict if this would be true.

  • What rubbish. By the time Ryanair add on their taxes and all the other miscellaneous charges they dream up, customers would be as well flying with a real airline anyway. At least they’d avoid the vomit inducing colour schemes on the planes and who knows, they might actually end up somewhere remotely near the place they’re trying to get to!

  • The Devil

    Relax Ryanair won’t have to hand out any flights

    ENGLAND WILL CRUSH THOSE BALLESS LEPRACHAUNS

  • Greenflag

    With a rugby ball in one hand and an English ball/head/leg/arm in the other the men in Green will push the Sassanachs aside and throw whatever is left of Wilko’s men over Hill 16 and inta the Royal Canal. And after that the fight will begin for the one way tickets 🙂

    Prediction

    Ireland 90 England 16 🙂

  • alot closer than that, England seem to have lady luck with them this season.

    However, I think Ireland may just shade it.

    Dependent on Wilko’s kicking.

  • Greenflag

    I’ll sing you a song of a row in the town
    When bould England came over – Croke Park for to crown .
    Twas the neatest and sweetest thing ever ye saw
    And as John Bull was hammered
    You could hear his men craw .
    We’ve n’eer had such a beating
    Since time of Danelaw.

    All honour to Sulli
    To him the renown
    In the long generations his name will go down
    And the name of Croke Park will be famed for all time.
    Which is more than can be said
    For this bloody rhyme!

  • Intelligence Insider

    I’m hoping Ireland can do it again this Saturday and beat, yet again, a team I’m sick of hearing are the current world champions!

    Although……

    Match Ticket…………………..80 Euros
    Beer Money……………………200 Euros
    Hearing God Save The Queen
    Echo through Crokes Park?……..Absolutely Priceless!!!!

  • The World’s Gone Mad

    Greenflag

    Shurely you mean

    Ireland 19 England 16

    ?

  • Greenflag

    ‘Ireland 19 England 16 ‘

    No No No . That kind of result is too close to an Ireland 19 England 22 ending or even worse an Ireland 19 England 20 ,

    Safer to be 20 points or more ahead of the Sassenachs coming into the final quarter. We should have learned from the French lesson 🙁

  • scary_eire

    I’m sorry for bringing the anthems issue up again – but i was just curious, will unionists who follow the Ireland team be singing GSTQ when its played for england?

    Just a question – because i dont think anybody has asked. Im sure it would be pretty weird for the english fans to hear the Irish singing both of the nationl anthems.

  • Intelligence Insider

    scary-eire,
    I will definitely be singing GSTQ on Saturday AND supporting Ireland. GSTQ is the anthem of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, I’m from Northern Ireland so will sing my national anthem. Amhrán na bhFiann is the national anthem of the Irish Republic and as such, to me, is a foriegn anthem. I will, as I always have in the past, stand respectfully while it is played just as I have for the playing of all foriegn national anthems. I hope that those in Croke Park on Saturday who view GSTQ as a foriegn anthem pay it the same respect as they would like to see paid to their own anthem.

  • scary_eire

    Thanks for the reply

  • AvalonSunset

    The issue of a “National” Anthem should have no place when it comes to Irish rugby. The team is made up of players from two nationalities therefore there cannot be one single national anthem. Ireland’s call was designed (if somewhat poorly) to address this issue, but the IRFU still insist on playing it along with Amhrán na bhFiann. One can only assume that the purpose of this is to alienate both the Northern Ireland players and fans. The flower of Scotland and the Welsh national anthem are fine as the players are all representing one nationality. I do not believe that the English should use GSTQ as it is not the english national anthem, but the national anthem of the United Kingdom. England should use Jerusalem or something similar and Ireland should only use Ireland’s call until they can get something more suitable.

  • GrassyNoel

    Can someone please type a verse or two of this famous ‘Jerusalem’ and perhaps explain why exactly a song with the name of a disputed capital city in the middle east as its title should serve as the national anthem for the English Rugby side. Not that I’m suggesting GSTQ should or shouldn’t be sang, just want to know why Jerusalem?

  • Intelligence Insider

    And did those feet in ancient time
    Walk upon England’s mountains green?
    And was the holy Lamb of God
    On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

    And did the Countenance Divine
    Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
    And was Jerusalem builded here
    Among these dark satanic mills?

    Bring me my bow of burning gold!
    Bring me my arrows of desire!
    Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
    Bring me my chariot of fire!

    I will not cease from mental fight,
    Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
    Till we have built Jerusalem
    In England’s green and pleasant land.

  • No Dozer

    RyanAir’s money is safe. The World Champions to win.

    Ireland 16 England 90 — nice thought.

  • nmc

    Fair play II, it’s high time the anthem-obsessed forgot about the anthems they don’t claim allegiance to, and concentrate on the one they do.

    Sing what you like, let your opposite number do the same. Enjoy the game, all y’all, I’m predicting Ireland 35 – England 20.

  • Greenflag

    scary eire,

    ”Im sure it would be pretty weird for the english fans to hear the Irish singing both of the national anthems.’

    You might thiink that but the English rugby fans are a notoriously tolerant lot . Ho hum the Irish are at it again – a shrug of the shoulders and now where’s the ball !

    What to some minds is weird is to others merely eccentric and the English are only too familar with the latter . This is why they have an unelected Queen as Head of their Church while most englishmen/women prefer to stay in bed on Sunday mornings .

  • Greenflag

    ‘I hope that those in Croke Park on Saturday who view GSTQ as a foreign anthem pay it the same respect as they would like to see paid to their own anthem.’

    Ah they will , they will 🙂 We hope so -I certainly will anyway .

  • Intelligence Insider

    I hope so Greenflag! I’d meet you for a pint afterwards but I couldn’t stand for a repartition conversation! 😉

  • Greenflag

    Jerusalem a critique and some praise 🙂

    ‘And did those feet in ancient time
    Walk upon England’s mountains green? ‘

    The answer is no . England does not have mountains merely a few large hills .

    ‘And was the holy Lamb of God
    On England’s pleasant pastures seen? ‘

    Unlikely. Historical reports indicate that he was mostly seen in or around the Sea of Galillee and nowhere near Lake Windemere

    ‘And did the Countenance Divine
    Shine forth upon our clouded hills? ‘

    Not at all that was just a particularly warm summer when the great UFO in the sky actually shone for three days in a row over the grey skies of Bolton.

    ‘And was Jerusalem builded here
    Among these dark satanic mills? ‘

    Note the incorrect use of the past tense . And this is their language ?

    ‘Bring me my bow of burning gold!
    Bring me my arrows of desire!
    Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
    Bring me my chariot of fire! ‘

    Definitely a stylistic improvement on the Doc Marten approach preferred by the yobs !

    ‘I will not cease from mental fight,
    Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
    Till we have built Jerusalem
    In England’s green and pleasant land. ‘

    Now this is bad news for both Israelis and Arabs who are more accustomed to Jerusalem being located in a sunny if arid clime . But as neither tribe plays rugby who cares ?

    Jerusalem (regardless of the words) happens to be my favourite English anthem. Second place would go to ‘Abide with Me ‘ No Irish anthem comes close to either I regret:(

  • Greenflag

    ‘I’d meet you for a pint afterwards but I couldn’t stand for a repartition conversation! ;-‘

    Naturellement .Why spoil a great sporting occassion with @&*&*#*&) politics . There’s a time and a place for everything 🙂

  • GrassyNoel

    Is anyone else who posted on here in Dublin, are any of you like me getting a bit nervous about the timing of tomorrow’s game? There seems to be a quiet tension building up in the last few days, somewhat eerily reminiscent of this time last year, i.e. it’s a year ago this weekend since the LU riots kicked off. I was there at the very moment they started and I saw up close that it only took a handful of hooded scum outside Frazier’s pub at the end of O’connell St to kick everything off. There will be thousands of English, St. George flag-waving fans passing the doors of this pub tomorrow on their way tio Croker. I saw in the Irish Times also this morning that the Gardaí have ‘a’ public order unit on standby for the game tomorrow ( by ‘a’ I sincerely hope they mean ‘several’) and apparently Republican Sinn Fein (the alleged instigators last year) are seeking a meeting with the head of the GAA & are planning another ‘protest’ at the corner of Summerhill parade & NCR at 3.30. considering the route the English fans will have to walk to get to Croker, the dodgy spots & pubs they will pass along the way, I simply cannot imagine that there will be no ‘incidents’ tomorrow.

  • Greenflag

    GrassyNoel

    Hogan’s response -Irish Examiner Hogan’s nephew says it’s time to welcome England

    By Conor Kane

    A NEPHEW of the Tipperary footballer killed in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday has extended the hand of friendship to the English rugby players and supporters ahead of tomorrow’s crunch Six Nations rugby match.

    Michael Hogan, nephew of Mick Hogan, who was shot dead at GAA headquarters by the colonial British forces on November 21, 1920, has called on Irish supporters to respect the English team’s national anthem before the start of the game.

    “The English team and supporters are our guests for the weekend, so we will have to welcome them. We have to respect their anthem as well. If the Irish team was over in Twickenham, they’d respect our anthem,” Mr Hogan said yesterday.

    While originally against the GAA’s 2005 move to allow the use of Croke Park for soccer and rugby during the Lansdowne Road redevelopment, the native of Grangemockler, Co Tipperary, says he “accepts the democratic decision” and will feel no bitterness tomorrow evening when the English team walks onto the famous sod.

    “I haven’t anything against them (the English team). Sport is sport. It all happened before our time. We’re a different generation now. We have to move on in this day and age.”

    He also called on anyone planning a protest in Dublin tomorrow, against the arrival of the English team or the playing of God Save the Queen, to desist.

    “I wouldn’t like to see that happening. They’re only troublemakers anyway and they’re only looking for more to join in.

    “I wouldn’t have any time for that.”

    Mr Hogan lives in the farmhouse at Currasilla, Grangemockler, where his uncle lived before travelling to the capital on the morning of Bloody Sunday to play for Tipperary in a challenge match against Dublin. His father, Paddy — brother of Mick — was 14 at the time of the atrocity but remained silent on the issue throughout his lifetime.

    “The family wouldn’t ever say much about it. It was too sad an occasion, I suppose.”