Limerick Census Pits City Against Rugby Fans

It will be a nail-biting weekend in Limerick, Ireland. Many residents are leaving town for a big rugby match in Dublin. But the suspense is not about the game. A census is scheduled for the same day as the game, and up to 20,000 absent fans may not get counted. The total town population is just over 50,000. If the count drops below 50,000, Limerick loses its status as a city and the subsidies that come with it. The mayor is begging fans to hurry back.

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It will be a nail-biting weekend in Limerick, Ireland. Many residents are leaving town for a big rugby match in Dublin. But the suspense is not about the game. A census is scheduled for the same day as the game, and up to 20,000 absent fans may not get counted. The total town population is just over 50,000. If the count drops below 50,000, Limerick loses its status as a city and the subsidies that come with that. The mayor is begging fans to hurry back.

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