Irish football fans showed at the Euros in France last year that win, lose or draw they'll always be in good spirits and this news about the 2018 World Cup in Russia should put an extra spring in their step.
Following your country in major tournaments in far-flung places can be an expensive hobby but it seems this latest gesture by the Russians should save anyone traveling a few quid. It's been confirmed that train transportation between the 11 host cities will be completely free of charge throughout the event next summer.
The 2018 World Cup Transportation Directorate, Terenty Mescheryakov told ESPN:
"There were two issues to deal with - how to accommodate thousands of fans coming to Russia and how to provide them with easy transportation between the host cities.
"Having implemented this service we've solved both issues. The vast majority of our trains start at night and arrive in the morning so that the fans can sleep and move to the next destination at the same time. Therefore, instead of having to search for a place to stay in a possibly already-packed city after the match, they can just board the train, have a sleep and arrive at the new city for the next match."
"Actually, this service was one of the advantages of our World Cup bid, as no other had anything like it. Plus, it's something that no other World Cup or European Championship host ever did for the fans. Yes, there was free transportation for journalists during some of the tournaments, but we are gladly providing this service for all the fans."
Irish fans sleeping all the way through until morning? We highly doubt it.