Thomond Park documentary on TG4 this Sunday

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Home of Munster rugby: Thomond Park is to feature in a documentary on TG4 this Sunday
The home of Munster rugby, Thomond Park, is the focus of a new TG4 documentary

The home of Munster rugby, Thomond Park, is the focus of a new TG4 documentary

The amazing story of Ireland’s most cherished club rugby ground, Thomond Park in Limerick and the amazing events it has witnessed over the years including Munster’s unique victory over the All Blacks in 1978 are chronicled in this documentary.

The documentary will air on TG4 at 9.30pm this Sunday, November 3 - and will be repeated on Monday, November 4, at 7.30pm.

It was once a mud bath and used to graze cattle in the off-season. Now it is the home to one of the biggest teams in world sports, Munster rugby, and their loyal following. The programme looks at the amazing developments in the stadium over the last 50 years and the fascinating link with the city of Limerick, the sport of rugby and its spiritual home in Thomond.

Producer/ Director Shane Tobin “There is no sports ground like it in Ireland, there is a synergy between the people, fans and the players and this documentary captures that bond. The structure may have changed over the years but there are few stadia that can rival the magic that has regularly happened at Thomond in recent times.

Revealing interviews with loyal fans such as Frank Prendergast recall the magical days of the 50s and 60s. Vincent Ryan vividly remembers 1978 when the city of Limerick came to a standstill to witness one of the greatest ever achievements by any Irish sporting team as Thomond cheered on Munster to an astonishing 12-0 victory over the All Blacks, the only Irish team ever to do so before or since.

Current players Paul O’Connell, Donnacha O’Callaghan and Donnacha Ryan relive the great days that created the myth of the stadium such as the “Miracle matches” from the Heineken Cup: in 2003 (v Gloucester) and 2006 (v Sale) when Munster defied the odds and all the pundits to pull off victories that echoed the feats of 1978.

Limerick Leader editor Alan English - who wrote Stand Up and Fight, the book that detailed Munster’s win over the All Blacks - is also interviewed.

This is the story of the development of the stadium that became a home thanks to the amazing events and the unique bond with the people of the city of Limerick, rugby fans in Ireland and from all over the world.