THE Munster Experience museum at Thomond Park has been given a facelift and a relocation thanks to Failte Ireland.
Tourism and Sports Minister Michael Ring was at the home of Munster Rugby ahead of the province’s comprehensive European Champions Cup win against Sale Sharks on Sunday to open the new museum.
It has been upgraded and relocated thanks to a grant from Failte Ireland.
The museum provides an insight into the storied history and heritage of Munster Rugby, and includes interactive content to be enjoyed by young and old alike.
At the official opening, Michael Goggin, the president of the Munster branch of the IRFU, said he is confident the new museum will be enjoyed by sporting enthusiasts for years to come.
“It combines the interactive options together with the memorabilia from historic games with the great rugby nations of the world,” he commented.
City East councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, a supporter of Garryowen RFC, represented Mayor Kevin Sheahan at Thomond Park on Sunday.
He said: “In Limerick, we are particularly proud of our association with Munster Rugby – one that stretches back more than a century. The development of this fantastic new museum celebrates this connection and its location here at Thomond Park acknowledges the stadium’s contribution to the story of Munster Rugby.”
Thomond Park stadium director John Cantwell added: “We are delighted to provide this wonderful visitor experience at Thomond Park and are grateful to Fáilte Ireland for assisting with this project. This facility delivers a unique and exciting additional experience for our visitors both on match and non-match days and further enhances the reputation of our stadium as an international class venue and visitor attraction.”
Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland expressed her delight at having “played a role in bringing the new Thomond Park Museum to fruition.”
“The addition of the newly refurbished and interactive museum at Thomond Park is a welcome addition to Limerick’s tourism offering and a must visit experience for all sports enthusiasts,” she added.
The Museum can be visited on match days and also on a daily basis as part of the overall Thomond Park Stadium Experience.