Munster fans turn out in numbers to greet rugby heroes in Limerick store

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

MUNSTER supporters who usually only get to see their rugby heroes on the big screen or from the stands of Thomond Park had an opportunity to meet and mingle with the players as part of a Q&A session in Brown Thomas in the city.

MUNSTER supporters who usually only get to see their rugby heroes on the big screen or from the stands of Thomond Park had an opportunity to meet and mingle with the players as part of a Q&A session in Brown Thomas in the city.

Munster and Irish internationals Paul O’Connell, David Wallace and Felix Jones visited the store on Saturday for a live Q&A session and to meet with customers and supporters in the menswear department.

The players looked sharp in their Brown Thomas suits - the store is the official formal wear partner to the Munster rugby team - and Felix Jones even received a marriage proposal from a fan through Twitter during the open Q&A session.

“We had a fantastic group of people in. They were all very enthusiastic especially after Paul being honoured with the freedom of the city the previous weekend. The numbers that turned out goes to show the esteem in which these players are held in Limerick,” said Liam Dwan, general manager of Brown Thomas, Limerick.

The players, Mr Dwan said, “were fantastic” with the crowd and took their time to greet all the children present.

“They were really nice to the children in terms of being patient and understanding and they were very open in their answers to the questions being asked,” he added.

Elsewhere in the store models donned bikinis and lingerie to celebrate the launch of a Brown Thomas booklet called ‘Lessons in Lingerie’.

“It just happened like that, we had a focus on swimwear and lingerie and it happened to be on the same weekend. Both events certainly improved footfall. There was great activity going on in the city and in the store. It’s all positive,” continued Mr Dwan. Hosted by the Brown Thomas lingerie expert Anna Turzynska, the workshop and fashion show saw a team of top experts provide advice for the perfect behind-the-scenes wardrobe.