Dublin Hotel Prices Surge for All-Ireland Final
A hotel room in Dublin on the night before the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final between Dublin and Kerry on 20 September will cost an average of €281.
The figure represents 61 per cent increase on the average monthly figure in Dublin for September of €174, and 79 per cent higher than the night before the 2014 final, when the average was €157.
Dublin is the only county to show an increase compared to August 2015, whereas the rest of the country has seen prices drop significantly.
According to the Hotel Price Index (tHPI) by hotel search site trivago.ie, room rates have dropped by an average of 14 per cent month-on-month. Only Dublin showed an increase - a 4 per cent rise to €174.
Sligo saw the biggest decline in prices this month with a decrease of 22% to €100, while large drops were also seen in Galway (down 20% to €111), Killarney (down 20% to €132), Dingle (down 20% to €99) and Kinsale (down 20% to €113).
David Lintott of trivago said that while prices in Dublin before the GAA final may be "extreme", most places in Ireland are offering good value in September.
“Average hotel prices have fallen significantly across Ireland this month, despite several popular events taking place (including both GAA finals and the Dublin Fringe Festival). This news will be welcomed by many after price hikes coinciding with the Galway Races, the Donegal Rally and the Rose of Tralee festival were largely criticised," said Lintott.
Elsewhere, Irish rugby fans will have to pay more for accommodation in England and Wales for the Rugby World Cup which starts this month, as prices in host cities have sharply increased. Birmingham (up 33%), Cardiff (21%) and Milton Keynes (19%) showed the largest price hikes out of all the host cities.