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The Heineken Cup Thomond Park Experience

15th January 2009 By Munster Rugby

The Heineken Cup Thomond Park Experience

If you are travelling to Thomond on Friday, find all the stadium information and travel details here.

Heineken Cup Round 5 – Munster v Sale Sharks

Thomond Park Stadium, Friday 16th January, ko 8pm

Please arrive early and allow sufficient time for your journey.  This is a Friday night fixture with additional work traffic on the roads.

Gates open at 6pm, 2 hours before kick-off. Please check your tickets for details of Turnstiles (T1-T12), your ticket will only be accepted in the identified turnstile.  See map here.

Season ticket book holders – take note your allocated ticket is the gold coloured “Thomond Park Stadium Heineken Cup Match 3” ticket.

Ticket collections will take place at the Thomond Park Ticket Office on the East Stand between 12pm and 6pm.

Arrive early and show your support – Get inside the grounds by 7.15pm and be in with a chance to win pairs of tickets to Munster v Leinster, Connacht, Ospreys and tickets to Rod Stewart and Elton John.

Pre-match entertainment starts from 7.15pm featuring Soprano Cara O’Sullivan, the Munster Supporters Club Choir and the Arcana Drummers.

Thousands of Munster flags will be handed out in advance of the game.  Match programmes will be on sale for €5 from booths inside and outside the stadium.

Please be in your seats/terrace at least 20 minutes before kick-off.

Check out the interactive Thomond Park Museum and follow the chartered success of Munster Rugby throughout the years.  The Museum will be open on Friday from midday to 7.30pm with a reduced match day entrance fee of €5.  If you are in Limerick for the weekend, it may well be worth a visit on Saturday when tours take place at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Prices: Adult – €12 Child – €10 Family Packages available for €35.

Warm up the singing voices in The Dugout Bar in the East Stand before the game, with lively folk band “Amadáns and Bodhráns” playing from 5.30pm. 

Travel by train from Cork to Limerick – train times are listed below calling at Limerick Junction and there are additional direct services in place for the match.  Click here for the Irish Rail website.  Please take note of the special post match return service to Cork.

To Match

From Match

Departs Cork

Limerick Arrival

Departs Limerick

Cork Arrival







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There is NO parking in the vicinity of Thomond Park Stadium, parking is available at all city centre car parks and are easily accessible.  Example of special match parking rates include the Philip Cornmarket Square car park located on Denmark St. where there is a max charge of €3 from 6pm to midnight on Friday night.  Please find a map of all car parking facilities here.

As always Bus Eireann are running a shuttle bus service directly from Henry St. (besides Dunnes Stores) to Thomond Park Stadium from 5.30pm – 8pm.  A nominal fee is charged on board.

Limerick City Park’s Department have been in contact with Munster Rugby and Thomond Park Stadium and wish to advise the following:

No vehicle may be parked on any City Council maintained green area at any time unless it is being used for authorised horticultural works and needs to be parked.  There have been a number of instances of damage recorded to green areas as a result of the parking of private vehicles by motorists attending sports fixtures in the city.  Twenty six warning signs have been erected in and around the most affected areas over the past nine months.  

Both the Gardai and the City Council Traffic Management Department Staff issue fixed penalty notices in respect of such parking, and, where appropriate, vehicles are towed away as indicated on the signage. The Parks Department is therefore, requesting that motorists park legally, on a carriageway and with due consideration for local residents and access requirements when travelling to the fixture on Friday evening.

As always Munster Rugby wish to thank you for your continued support.  Enjoy the game!


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