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.”