This is a unique opportunity to see one of the Rugby League World Cup matches in 2013. The match will be hosted in Thomond Park, Limerick and would make the ideal weekend trip to Ireland for Clubs, Societies and Rugby groups.
Match Details: The game takes place on Saturday November 9th 2013 when Ireland take on Australia.
The Rugby League World Cup 2013 will involve 14 nations in all, Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.
Location: Limerick City’s local airport is Shannon airport – just 25 minutes from the city centre and is fully serviced with private and public transport. Dublin airport is approx. 2.5hrs from Limerick, Cork airport is approx. 1.5hrs away and Kerry airport is approx. 1hr away. Limerick city is renowned for it’s sporting facilities and atmosphere. 2011 saw the city being honoured with the title of “European City of Sport”.
Two Night Match Package: €260 per person sharing.
Includes: Two overnights in a three star hotel with full Irish breakfast, Match Tickets, Car rental for two days.
Three Night Match Package: €345 per person sharing
Includes: Three overnights in a three star hotel with full Irish breakfast, Match Tickets, Car Rental for three days.
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation is located in the city centre. The stadium is within walking distance of the city centre or there are public shuttle buses also available. Accommodation is subject to availability.
Car Rental: Pricing is based on a manual compact car. Upgrades are available if required.
Day 1 – Friday : Check into your hotel in the afternoon. Take a walk along O’ Connell Street to explore the city.
There is a great choice of restaurants along the city’s main street. Try the Texas Steak Out for great value and very generous portions. Steaks and Mexican dishes are a speciality. This is a firm favourite amoungst the locals. Across the street you will find the Jasmine Palace for Asian cuisine and The Hampton’s restaurant of the Savoy hotel on Henry street.
Heading towards the cities medieval quarter take a stroll over the bridge to the Locke Bar where there is always a lively pre match atmosphere and live music.
Day 2- Match Day : Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at your hotel. If you would like to explore the city some more take a walk along the famous Shannon River.
The city was built in 922 by the Norsemen and it ranks as one of the oldest cities in Ireland. This city of the Treaty is of great historical importance to Ireland. Its position on the mouth of the river Shannon makes it one of the most important ports on the west coast. If you follow the river upstream you will come across King John’s Castle, the city’s most notable landmark. Across the bridge from the Castle you will find the Treaty Stone, which played an important role in Ireland’s history.
Watch out for the Richard Harris statue on Bedford Row near O’Connell Street. The statue depicts Harris in the role of King Arthur. Richard St. John Harris (01.10.1930 – 25.10.2002) was an Irish actor, singer and songwriter. He was featured in many films and was best known for the film role of King Arthur in “Camelot”, as Oliver Cromwell in “Cromwell” and for the portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). He died before filming commenced on the third movie. He also played a British aristocrat and prisoner in “A Man Called Horse”. Harris was born in Limerick. He was a talented rugby player, he was on several munster junior and senior cup teams for Crescent, and played for the well-respected Garryowen Club. He might have been a provincial or international rugby player if he had not contracted tuberculosis in his teens.
Make your way over to Thomond Park. The Stadium is easily reached on foot, by taxi or by bus from Henry Street. If you arrive a little early, take a tour of the Munster Museum which opens from 2.5hrs before the game untill 30 minutess before kick off. Thomond Park is the home ground of Munster Rugby, one of the most successful and best supported rugby clubs in the world. The famous venue, renowned internationally for its unique history and atmosphere, has been redeveloped and now boasts an increased capacity of 25,600.
Post match celebrations continue at the Sin Bin pub and nightclub owned by well know ex Munster player; Peter (The Claw) Clohessy. You can’t get more of a rugby atmosphere than you will here.
Day 3 – Sunday
Return Flight Home after a hearty breakfast. If you have a few hours to spare en route back to the airport visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. This is one of the Country’s best preserved medieval castle’s, dating back to the 15th century. On the surrounding grounds of the castle is the Folk Park which is a reconstruction of a traditional 19th century Irish Village. Adjacent to the castle is the Blarney Woolen Mills and Durty Nelly’s famous pub.
If staying for an extra night or taking in a late flight try some sightseeing a little further afield. The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Region are approx. 1 hours drive from Shannon Airport. The Cliffs of Moher are probably the best known feature of our Wild Atlantic Coastline and are definitely an awe inspiring sight. Further along the coast is The Burren National Park. This is an immense area of Limestone with unique geological features and flora.
If you would like to have our team customise this trip for your individual group needs, we are happy to help. Our team will book transport, dining, sightseeing, guides, golf tee times and other activities for your group.