Munster Homecoming Limerick 2008

Thousands lined the streets of Limerick City today to welcome back the European Heineken Cup for the second time in three years after their famous victory over Toulouse at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday .There was a civic reception at the Limerick Civic Hall ,followed by a victory parade on an open top bus which made it’s way through Athlunkard Street ,by King John’s Castle ,Thomond Bridge ,Clancy’s Strand ,over Sarsfield Bridge ,Henry Street and finally to the Stage on O’Connell Street. Up to 40,000 cheered on their heroes as they made they way on to stage to  conclude a remarkable journey from the group stages which had Clermont Auvergne ,Llanelli,Wasps ,a Quarter Final win v Gloucester away, a semi final win away to Saracens and to a final win in Cardiff  v the superpower of French Club Rugby Toulouse.

Presentations were made to the Munster Players who will leave the squad after this season ,Shaun Payne ,Jim Williams (who returns to Australia ),Shannon’s Mossie Lawler,John Kelly and Anthony Foley.

To conclude the day the large crowd was treated  to a rendition of the Haka  by the three All Blacks  Doug Howlett , Rua Topoki and Lifiemi Mafi,It was a joy to behold and received great applause to the chants of “Munster ” Munster”.

“Stand up and Fight” blasted from the larger speakers as the crowd drifted away and made for home ,for many others the parties would continue in the local pubs ,most notably FLA’S  owned by Jerry Flannery who would join in the celebrations…The next outing for the team is a welcome in the Southern Capital Cork on Tuesday night.

See The 2006 Homecoming in my videos …. 

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