THE celebrations were only getting under way after Munsterâ€™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 â‚¬349 the fare wasnâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t give them a fighting chance after yesterdayâ€™s heroics.
â€œItâ€™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,â€ said a Shannon Airport spokesman.
â€œWithin 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.â€
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.
â€œNothing unites the region like Munster and itâ€™s going to be some weekend in Monpellier,â€ said the spokesman. â€œThe demand for seats at Shannon is going to be huge but weâ€™ve had a great start with Ryanair putting on a service already this afternoon and no doubt thereâ€™ll be charter flights coming on stream by the end of the week.
â€œThe 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. Itâ€™s easy to see why thereâ€™s such a bond between the team and fans.
â€œSome of our most memorable days here at the airport over the past decade or more have been down to Munster Rugby. Hereâ€™s hoping we have another one in three weeks time and weâ€™ll be doing all we can to make sure itâ€™s as easy as possible for fans to get there and back.â€
More news is expected later this week on further travel options, stay with the Limerick Leader for updates.