University of Limerick and Munster Rugby launch a new international underage rugby festival. Pictured at the launch are David Ward, Brendan Guilfoyle, Alan Quinlan, Limerick International Rugby Festival Ambassador and Munster Elite Player Development Manager Peter Malone. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.
The Limerick International Underage Rugby Festival is an esteemed festival which has been created to provide a platform for the highest calibre of underage schools rugby. The alignment of the University of Limerick with Munster Rugby underlines the prestige of the Limerick International Underage Rugby Festival. Alan Quinlan, former Ireland back row and lock, who began his career in Munster, is the ambassador for the festival. Peter Malone, Elite Player Development Manager, Munster Rugby says “We are delighted to be partnering with UL to bring this high-quality rugby tournament to University of Limerick – we are looking forward to high-quality fixtures for our Age Grade teams across the week and playing in a high-quality tournament with the best young players across Ireland and the UK”
The inaugural festival is set to take place at Ireland’s Sporting Campus at the University of Limerick, Ireland, from the 21st to 26th August 2017. The festival will ensure the ultimate rugby experience for participants. Visiting teams can avail of specialised coaching clinics and workshops with Munster Rugby, as well as competitive fixtures and training time at world class sporting facilities. A festival atmosphere is assured where all activities, events, catering and accommodation will be based on the parkland campus at the University of Limerick.
Gillian Costelloe, Sales & Marketing Manager, UL Conference and Sports Campus say “The inaugural Limerick International Rugby Festival will offer a superb experience to Irish and visiting international teams. The festival will offer everything, from clinics with Munster Rugby, competitive fixtures, recovery sessions, village accommodation and catering all on one site. Working with Munster Rugby and Rugby Travel Ireland ensures that we will offer a festival of an exceptional standard”
Visiting teams from all over the world will have the opportunity to compete against Ireland’s best. The elite group includes Munster Rugby, Connacht Rugby amongst others who will play for the Festival’s perpetual trophy designed by renowned Irish bronze sculpture specialist Jarlath Daly. Alan Quinlan, Limerick International Underage Rugby Festival Ambassador, says “I am delighted to be involved in bringing such a showpiece event to UL and to Limerick. The ambition for the festival is incredible and offers a unique rugby experience to visiting teams”.
Visiting teams will not only have the chance to enjoy the University of Limerick’s parkland campus but can also take advantage of Limerick’s ideal location as the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and embark on organised team tours throughout the week. Brendan Guilfoyle, Sales Director, Rugby Travel Ireland says “We are delighted to work with The University of Limerick and Munster Rugby to ensure that the organisation of the inaugural Limerick International Underage Rugby Festival is to the highest of standards. We are Limerick based and have a wealth of experience in organising both inbound and outbound rugby tours worldwide.”
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