Limerick Monks lose out in thriller

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

AN estimated 2,000 people descended on Shelbourne Park on Sunday to watch the Franciscan Friars do battle with a Munster legends select team.

AN estimated 2,000 people descended on Shelbourne Park on Sunday to watch the Franciscan Friars do battle with a Munster legends select team.

Part of a fundraiser for Pieta House, and other suicide charities, it is the second time in three years the Monks of Moyross have togged out.

But this time, as well as their order, they also invited Limerick celebrities to play with them.

The Munster rugby select side was captained by Ger Earls, father of Keith, in the absence of Mick O’Driscoll, who was called up to the Barbarians squad.

Former Defence Minister Willie O’Dea also made an appearance at the community fun day. The real talking point of the match was an incident on the stroke of half time when comedian Francis Ryan - representing the Friars - accidentally passed the ball into the path of opposition player Frank Daly, who scored the decisive goal in a 3-2 win.

In the other game, a strong Limerick FC side, managed by club chairman Pat O’Sullivan, beat a selection of the best soccer players from the local leagues by three goals to one.

The real winners on the day were the charities which benefited: as well as Mungret’s Pieta House, proceeds went to the Three T’s charity, and the Suicide Aware group.