Ronan O’Gara hails Limerick hotel’s ‘touch of class’ in a city that ‘took me as one of their own’

O'Gara kicks a last minute penalty against Saracens at Thomond Park in January 2000 Picture: Sportsfile

O'Gara kicks a last minute penalty against Saracens at Thomond Park in January 2000 Picture: Sportsfile

RONAN O’Gara is getting a five star welcome from Limerick city’s only five star hotel.

The Munster and Irish rugby legend, now a coach with Crusaders in Christchurch, received a bottle of Bollinger and a touching letter on his arrival at the Savoy Hotel.

“The city that took me as one of their own, touch of class Ronan, thank you,” O’Gara tweeted to Savoy managing director Ronan Brannigan.

The letter offers “the warmest of welcomes” back to Limerick and Munster to O’Gara.

“As you know we recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the great Munster win over the All-Blacks, a result that still stands tall here in the city and the province,” wrote the Savoy boss.

“Allied to these celebrations is the announcement that Rugby Experience International has got the green light here in the city centre – a project that certainly would not have happened if you and your teammates of Munster, Ireland and the Lions had not been standard bearers in more recent times.

“We are deeply grateful to you for all that you have done in making this possible,” wrote Mr Brannigan.