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Fans at The Botanic Inn, Belfast cheer as Ulster win Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final match against Edinburgh. Brother and sister Joeseph and Catherine McTaggart

Fans at The Botanic Inn, Belfast cheer as Ulster win Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final match against Edinburgh. Brother and sister Joeseph and Catherine McTaggart

Ulster's Stefan Terblanche celebrates victory over Edinburgh after Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ulster's Stefan Terblanche celebrates victory over Edinburgh after Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ulster's Rory Best walks with his son after the Heineken Cup semi final match between Ulster and Edinburgh at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ulster's Rory Best walks with his son after the Heineken Cup semi final match between Ulster and Edinburgh at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

An Ulster  fan  during the Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

An Ulster fan during the Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

An Ulster fan   during Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

An Ulster fan during Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

Ulster fans Harry and Robbie Cooper, eight-year-old twins at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Harry and Robbie Cooper, eight-year-old twins at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Fans at The Botanic Inn, Belfast cheer as Ulster win Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final match against Edinburgh. Johnny Farrell, Harry Cleland and Mark Branigan

Fans at The Botanic Inn, Belfast cheer as Ulster win Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final match against Edinburgh. Johnny Farrell, Harry Cleland and Mark Branigan

Ulster fans Matthew Davis, Aaron Wilkinson, Chris Beacom and Dave Johnston ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ulster fans Matthew Davis, Aaron Wilkinson, Chris Beacom and Dave Johnston ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Hannah McAdam and Rebecca Walker at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Hannah McAdam and Rebecca Walker at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium during Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium during Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium during Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium during Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium during Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium during Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Sarah and Emma Lewis from Belfast

Sarah and Emma Lewis from Belfast

Ulster fans Adam Nathan Stewart and Matthew Thompson at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Adam Nathan Stewart and Matthew Thompson at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fan Adam Brown from Saintfield at the Aviva Stadium

Ulster fan Adam Brown from Saintfield at the Aviva Stadium

Ulster fans Johnny and Michelle Dodds from Armagh  during Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

Ulster fans Johnny and Michelle Dodds from Armagh during Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

Ulster fans Simon Corry with his six year-old son William before  Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

Ulster fans Simon Corry with his six year-old son William before Saturday's Heineken Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium

Rachel Irwin from Holywood outside the Aviva Stadium

Rachel Irwin from Holywood outside the Aviva Stadium

Ella Killeen and Anna Wheeler from Belfast outside the Aviva Stadium

Ella Killeen and Anna Wheeler from Belfast outside the Aviva Stadium

Ulster fans Simon Andrew and Stuart Crozier through the glasses of Rachel Craig from Londonderry

Ulster fans Simon Andrew and Stuart Crozier through the glasses of Rachel Craig from Londonderry

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Ross Dunning, Jamie Friel and Leo Cassidy from Saintfield at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Ross Dunning, Jamie Friel and Leo Cassidy from Saintfield at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans from Armagh at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans from Armagh at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Sam Owens and Jack Dickson at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Sam Owens and Jack Dickson at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Chloe McIlwaine and Jennifer Swann from Larne at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Chloe McIlwaine and Jennifer Swann from Larne at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Chloe McIlwaine and Jennifer Swann from Larne at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans Chloe McIlwaine and Jennifer Swann from Larne at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans celebrate after the game

Ulster fans celebrate after the game

Ulster's Ruan Pienaar celebrates with fans after the game

Ulster's Ruan Pienaar celebrates with fans after the game

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 28th April 2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.Nearly 4500 Ulster rugby fans used TranslinkÕs special rugby train and coach services to travel to Dublin for the Heineken Cup semi-final today. It was a lively atmosphere at Belfast Central Station and Europa Buscentre as fans got ready to cheer on their team. Pictured are Kerry McDowell, Lynsey McDowell and Louise Topping from Glenoe in County Antrim at Central station in Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 28th April 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.Nearly 4500 Ulster rugby fans used TranslinkÕs special rugby train and coach services to travel to Dublin for the Heineken Cup semi-final today. It was a lively atmosphere at Belfast Central Station and Europa Buscentre as fans got ready to cheer on their team. Pictured are Kerry McDowell, Lynsey McDowell and Louise Topping from Glenoe in County Antrim at Central station in Belfast.

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Ewan MacDonald and his daughter Elen with Ulster fans waiting on their train at Belfast Central Station

Ewan MacDonald and his daughter Elen with Ulster fans waiting on their train at Belfast Central Station

Ulster rugby fans Loraine and Sam Bell pictured in Belfast as they prepare to make the trip to watch Ulster clash with Edinburgh

Ulster rugby fans Loraine and Sam Bell pictured in Belfast as they prepare to make the trip to watch Ulster clash with Edinburgh

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Kathryn Graham and Neil McCullough at Central station in Belfast

Kathryn Graham and Neil McCullough at Central station in Belfast

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Kerry McDowell, Lynsey McDowell and Louise Topping from Glenoe in County Antrim at Central Station in Belfast

Kerry McDowell, Lynsey McDowell and Louise Topping from Glenoe in County Antrim at Central Station in Belfast

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Peter Croan, Chris McIlmurray and Glen Dugan from Newtownards at Central Station in Belfast

Peter Croan, Chris McIlmurray and Glen Dugan from Newtownards at Central Station in Belfast

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Kenny Calladine and Hilda Boyd from Belfast  at Central Station

Kenny Calladine and Hilda Boyd from Belfast at Central Station

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 28th April 2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.Nearly 4500 Ulster rugby fans used TranslinkÕs special rugby train and coach services to travel to Dublin for the Heineken Cup semi-final today. It was a lively atmosphere at Belfast Central Station and Europa Buscentre as fans got ready to cheer on their team. Pictured are Paula Clendinning, Julie Clendinning and Brian Clendinning from Crossgar at Central station in Belfast.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 28th April 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.Nearly 4500 Ulster rugby fans used TranslinkÕs special rugby train and coach services to travel to Dublin for the Heineken Cup semi-final today. It was a lively atmosphere at Belfast Central Station and Europa Buscentre as fans got ready to cheer on their team. Pictured are Paula Clendinning, Julie Clendinning and Brian Clendinning from Crossgar at Central station in Belfast.

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James Heyburn, Mathew Mitchell and Rory Cahoon from Helens Bay at Central Station in Belfast

James Heyburn, Mathew Mitchell and Rory Cahoon from Helens Bay at Central Station in Belfast

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Thomas Maxwell from Dungannon, Gavyn Anderson from Belfast and Andy Loughran from Belfast at Central Station

Thomas Maxwell from Dungannon, Gavyn Anderson from Belfast and Andy Loughran from Belfast at Central Station

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Paul and Jenny Irwin from Belfast at Central Station

Paul and Jenny Irwin from Belfast at Central Station

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Members of Ballynahinch Rugby Club at Central Station in Belfast

Members of Ballynahinch Rugby Club at Central Station in Belfast

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Brian McMaster, Karl Ludlow and Steven O'Connor at Central Station in Belfast.

Brian McMaster, Karl Ludlow and Steven O'Connor at Central Station in Belfast.

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Ulster rugby fans travelling to Dublin for today's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster rugby fans travelling to Dublin for today's Heineken Cup semi-final

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Paul Cox from Newtownards at Central Station in Belfast.

Paul Cox from Newtownards at Central Station in Belfast.

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Ulster fans wait on their train at Belfast Central train station as more than 2% of the population of Northern Ireland will be in Dublin this weekend to watch Ulster play in rugby's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster fans wait on their train at Belfast Central train station as more than 2% of the population of Northern Ireland will be in Dublin this weekend to watch Ulster play in rugby's Heineken Cup semi-final

Ulster Rugby legend Simon Best with Ulster fans waiting on their train at Belfast Central train station

Ulster Rugby legend Simon Best with Ulster fans waiting on their train at Belfast Central train station

Ulster fans wait on their train at Belfast Central train station

Ulster fans wait on their train at Belfast Central train station

Ulster Rugby legend Simon Best with Ulster fans Scott Shannon and Louis Lowry waiting on their train at Belfast Central Station

Ulster Rugby legend Simon Best with Ulster fans Scott Shannon and Louis Lowry waiting on their train at Belfast Central Station

Carol Graham, Willie Graham, Hall Graham and Kate Graham from Parkgate in Antrim at Central Station in Belfast

Carol Graham, Willie Graham, Hall Graham and Kate Graham from Parkgate in Antrim at Central Station in Belfast

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Deborah Stringer and Graham McCormack from Belfast

Deborah Stringer and Graham McCormack from Belfast

Jane and Christopher Hughes from Belfast

Jane and Christopher Hughes from Belfast

John, Holly and Neill Carson from Belfast

John, Holly and Neill Carson from Belfast

Aaron Stewart and Catherine Bell from Belfast

Aaron Stewart and Catherine Bell from Belfast

Ryan Hogg, Stephen Craig,Sam Lindsay and Johny McCreish all from Newtownabbey

Ryan Hogg, Stephen Craig,Sam Lindsay and Johny McCreish all from Newtownabbey

Carla Pearce from Newtownards

Carla Pearce from Newtownards

Alastair and Cameron Hooks from Belfast

Alastair and Cameron Hooks from Belfast

Sam and Gerry Burns from Belfast

Sam and Gerry Burns from Belfast

Ulster fans leave Belfast for Saturday's game at the Aviva Stadium in Dulbin

Ulster fans leave Belfast for Saturday's game at the Aviva Stadium in Dulbin

Ulster fans leave Belfast for Saturday's game at the Aviva Stadium in Dulbin

Ulster fans leave Belfast for Saturday's game at the Aviva Stadium in Dulbin

Sharon and Alison Mairs from Lisburn

Sharon and Alison Mairs from Lisburn

Ulster fans leave Belfast for Saturday's game at the Aviva Stadium in Dulbin

Ulster fans leave Belfast for Saturday's game at the Aviva Stadium in Dulbin

Victoria Gibson and Claire Ogle from Dromore travel to the game on Saturday

Victoria Gibson and Claire Ogle from Dromore travel to the game on Saturday

Fans at The Botanic Inn, Belfast cheer as Ulster win Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final match against Edinburgh. Brother and sister Joeseph and Catherine McTaggart

Jubilant Ulster rugby fans saw their joy turn sour when they emerged from Dublin’s Aviva stadium on Saturday to find their cars had been clamped.

Motorists who parked on Grand Canal Street to watch Ulster beat Edinburgh were forced to pay 80 euros (£65) to have the restraints taken off their cars to allow them to drive home back across the border.

Many drivers claimed they had paid nearby meters but that their time had just run out before falling victim to the clampers.

Stephen Devine from Strabane, Co Tyrone told the Daily Mirror the sight of rows of clamped cars was a bad advertisement for Dublin tourism.

“There was no way we were blocking traffic. It’s a money-making exercise; simple as that.”

Belfast Telegraph