Munster fans seek French connection for semi-final trip

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Munster fans seek French connection for semi-final trip
THE celebrations were only getting under way after Munster’s famous victory in London yesterday when Ryanair confirmed the first of what may prove several special services from Shannon to Montpellier for the semi-final clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday, April 27.

THE celebrations were only getting under way after Munster’s famous victory in London yesterday when Ryanair confirmed the first of what may prove several special services from Shannon to Montpellier for the semi-final clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday, April 27.

At €349 the fare wasn’t cheap, but Munster have a habit of providing extraordinary value for money for the travelling supporters and although they will be underdogs again in the semi-final, only a fool wouldn’t give them a fighting chance after yesterday’s heroics.

“It’s been one of those magical weekends thanks to Munster and we have another bumper one at Shannon to look forward to in three weeks as fans head out for the semi-final in Montpelier,” said a Shannon Airport spokesman.

“Within minutes of the match ending today we had people ringing to ask when is the Munster team flying back into Shannon tonight. Fans just wanted to come out and say thank-you to the team.”

The plane carrying the team was due in at 9.20pm last night and it was like old times as delighted supporters made their way to the airport to welcome back their heroes.

“Nothing unites the region like Munster and it’s going to be some weekend in Monpellier,” said the spokesman. “The demand for seats at Shannon is going to be huge but we’ve had a great start with Ryanair putting on a service already this afternoon and no doubt there’ll be charter flights coming on stream by the end of the week.

“The players looked to be very calm when they flew out from Shannon but, as ever, took as much time as was asked of them to chat to fans and sign autographs. It’s easy to see why there’s such a bond between the team and fans.

“Some of our most memorable days here at the airport over the past decade or more have been down to Munster Rugby. Here’s hoping we have another one in three weeks time and we’ll be doing all we can to make sure it’s as easy as possible for fans to get there and back.”

More news is expected later this week on further travel options, stay with the Limerick Leader for updates.