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Dublin Diaries - a weekend to remember

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Leicester Tigers' run in the Heineken Cup came to an end on Saturday but the thousands of fans who travelled in support of their team made it a weekend to remember.

Dublin was a sea of red, white and green as Tigers fans displayed their colours before, during and after the quarter-final clash with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.

Before the game, supporters took in the sights of the city with the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green popular stopping-off points. Others warmed up for the big game by shopping around Grafton Street or over a drink in the many bars around Dublin, with Temple Bar becoming a focal point for many.

Some fans took the chance to catch Tigers Academy in action at Naas RFC on Friday night, where they enjoyed a 23-20 victory over Munster Academy, while others took advantage of Saturday’s brilliant sunshine to visit the coast.

There was a stunning atmosphere in the ground with the travelling Tigers fans making themselves seen and heard from the upper tiers. The Leinster support were also in fine voice and their sea of blue flags made for a stunning backdrop to the game.

After the final whistle, many supporters enjoyed the hospitality of the hotels and bars in Ballsbridge, the area around the Aviva Stadium. The Sandymount Hotel, the base for the Tigers Travel Club, was a focal point with hundreds of fans gathering for live music, hog roast and discussions on the major talking points of the game. Elsewhere, there were tales of Tigers fans being taken under the wing of Leinster supporters until the early hours.

Click here for more of our Dublin Diairies, in association with East Midlands Airport.

There is a selection of photos from the weekend in our Jacobs Digital Diaries, which you can see by clicking here

Email us your pictures from the weekend to [email protected] and we will look to include them in our Jacobs Digital Diaries and the Tigers matchday programme.