Big screen rugby action in Limerick
Members of the public queued patiently for their moment of Munster glory in O'Connell Street Limeick this Saturday. With suffocating tension they watched on one of the biggest TV screens in the country as Munster finally won the Heineken Cup at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The huge mobile screen arrived in Limerick at 7am on Saturday morning and crews spent the next 6 hours erecting it.
The screen attracted thousands of people to O'Connell Street to participate in Munster’s victory and there were tumultuous scenes as Anthony Foley, Munster’s captain, stepped forward to receive the cup.
"There's nothing quite like watching rugby in front of a big screen with a pint in your hand but this was something else", commented Damian Ryan, from Corbally.
it is estimated that 10,000 fans watched the game on the 45 square metre screen in O’Connell Street, with some travelling from as far afield as Meath and Dublin. Television crews also relayed images from Limerick onto a big screen in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to add to the atmosphere.
Mick Foley, 23, a plasterer from Shannon, said: “This was the next best thing to being at the match. I was there from midday and it was fantastic. At the end some people went crazy, others hugged each other and cried with relief and some people were just looking around soaking it all up. I have followed Munster everywhere. I have been to all the home matches. I have been through the hard times. This was something special.”
Fran O’Donnell, of Futurama Productions, who organised yesterday’s event in Limerick, said it was a huge success for a city more accustomed to bad press. "This is a very positive story for the city. Everybody really pulled together to highlight everything that is great about Limerick," he said.