The 'R' word is a distant memory. Forget the residual problems of the housing crisis or the continuing problems with the health service, we're going to the Euros and the Credit Union is here to help. As soon as Jonny Walters stuck that penalty away, we all had the same thought.
Expect there to be a national shortage of Credit Union loan application forms by midday tomorrow.
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) November 16, 2015
But don't worry, they were here to help us out.
— Credit Union (@creditunionie) November 17, 2015
And now they're making sure every football fan in the country knows they're open for business. According to the Irish Independent, a spokesperson for the Irish League of Credit Unions has effectively issued a come and get me plea to the travelling Irish army.
Credit unions have historically had a very good relationship with travelling football fans and Euro 2016 will be no exception.
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However, if you're worried that may be indicative of reckless lending on the part of the Credit Union then don't worry sure they have €5 billion ready and available to lend. Four or five grand each should do us all just fine. However, it's not completely reckless advice coming from your local lender. The Credit Union are here to help but they do have some more responsible advice as well.
Our biggest message would be to start a saving plan now. Even if it's only a very small amount, start saving regularly. This will mean that you have a pot of money available to you by the time the tournament comes around.
Judging by the flights we've found already, if you plan ahead, you could do it for relative pennies. We haven't accounted for accommodation, travel costs between games or spending money but we'll leave that kind of thing up to the Credit Union.