A NEW world record was set at Thomond Park on Saturday night despite sub-zero temperatures, icy roads and freezing fog.
International development agency Bthar, which is based in Limerick, said the record for the "greatest number of people wearing Santa hats at a given time" was smashed when more than 8,300 people donned Santa hats that were distributed by a team of volunteers outside the ground before the Magners League clash.
Just before kick-off all of the fans wore their hats simultaneously to establish the new record. The previous record of 900 was set in Mullingar last year.
"I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped make that happen. The support from rugby fans on the way to the game was genuinely uplifting," said Peter Ireton, chief executive of Bthar.
The hat wearers each made a donation of €2, ensuring thousands of euro was raised for the charity in the process of the world record attempt.