URC Champions Munster Rugby Homecoming: Photography by: Kieran Ryan-Benson
Members of the Munster Rugby squad and management were welcomed to Merchant’s Quay for a reception to mark the squad’s URC victory
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Francis Foley, along with Chief Executive Dr. Pat Daly, welcomed members of the Munster Rugby squad and management to Merchant’s Quay last evening for a reception to mark the squad’s URC victory on Saturday night.
The event, held in the Council Chamber, saw the Mayor honour Munster Rugby’s first league victory since 2011, along with fellow councillors, senators and Minister Kieran O’Donnell.
Presentations were made on the night to Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan, head coach Graham Rowntree and to Fineen Wycherley as a player representative.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Francis Foley added, “The scenes at the final whistle will live long in the memory as Munster’s “brave and faithful” entered the lions den, only to come away with the spoils. Proving, that “nothing is impossible”
“At times like these, I always like to reference the clubs and schools coaches who instilled those basic skills and love for the game into the players. As you all know, Limerick is synonymous with rugby and its passion for the game knows no bounds.
“Our most famous rugby sons and daughters have delivered on the local, national and international stage for decades. Saturday was no different as Limerick’s own Calvin Nash, Conor Murray, Craig Casey and Keith Earls were all involved in the win. Not to mention Mike Prendergast, George Murray and Ian Costello, in the coaching box too. We are lucky that Munster Rugby calls Limerick its home and with this trophy in the cabinet, who knows what the future holds for these players.”
To finish proceedings, Mayor Foley had penned a special “Limerick” to mark the occasion
There once was a coach named Rowntree,
For Munster, he crossed the Irish sea,
He trained them with might,
To win the URC fight,
And brought the trophy home with great glee!