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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 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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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.

Thousands of rugby fans are making their way to Dublin for Ulster's biggest match since 1999.

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