Limerick finalise plans for Man City visit

MANCHESTER City’s Premier League stars are eagerly looking forward to showcasing their talents at renowned rugby venue, Thomond Park, this Sunday.

The Premier League Champions will be stepping up their preparations for the new season with their last game against Limerick FC next weekend before they play the Charity Shield against Chelsea a week later.

The high profile visit from Man City, which marks the 75th anniversary celebrations for Limerick FC, is almost 21 years to the day since a Niall Quinn-led City team defeated Limerick in a friendly in Thomond Park.

City’s England International Goalkeeper Joe Hart sees the game as in important part of the club’s pre season preparations and is eagerly looking forward to running out at Thomond Park.

Joe Hart said: “All the lads at Manchester City are really looking forward to our visit to Ireland.

“Pre-season is where a lot of the hard work is done so this will be a key game in our pre season programme. Thomond Park is a really historic stadium and I’m sure the people of Limerick will give us a great greeting for the game.”

Looking forward to the game, fellow England International James Milner added: “All the lads at Manchester City are excited to be going back to Ireland for our friendly with Limerick FC in Thomond Park.

“Last year was a year to remember for all City fans and pre season is where the hard work begins for the new season. We look forward to seeing all our Irish fans come to Limerick on Sunday for the game.”

Gael Clichy, the City left back and French international, is looking forward to a chance to play in Thomond Park.

Clichy said: “All of us at Manchester City are looking forward to visiting the famous Thomond Park for our game against Limerick FC.

It’s a great chance for us to play in front of our Irish fans and visit a famous sporting city like Limerick.”

Tickets for Sunday evening’s game between Manchester City and Limerick FC are priced between €10 and €30. Members of the public can buy tickets from Thomond Park, Limerick FC Club Shop, Gleeson Sports Store, Ticketmaster and all Ticketmaster outlets. Family and group discounts are also available.

Limerick FC have also launched a Mobile Ticket Office where football supporters can buy tickets and the club has organised the scheduling of buses from traditional Limerick holiday locations, Kilkee, Lahinch and Ballybunion to operate on the day of the match.

At the launch of the Limerick Man City Mobile Ticket Office, which will be selling match tickets throughout the region in advance of the arrival Man City, Limerick FC Chairman, Pat O’Sullivan, explained: “The excitement is really building through the Mid West for the arrival of the star studded Manchester City first time squad.

“This game is an enormous opportunity for Limerick to showcase itself to a worldwide audience and we are expecting a full house in Thomond Park on Sunday.

“Therefore we are encouraging everyone to get their tickets early due to this huge demand. We are committed that the profits on the game will be retained and used for Limerick FC’s Social & Community Project including its Reclaim Project in Southside of the city.”

For confirmation of locations of the Mobile Ticket Office, check www.limerickfc.ie

Limerick FC will be running buses from Kilkee & Lahinch on match day in association with Kelly Travel for just €5 return.

Buses will depart the Market in Kilkee at 3pm on Sunday returning from Thomond Park at 10.30pm & departing Lahinch at 3pm from the Bus Stop on the Ennistymon Road. Pre Booking required contact Kelly Travel on 061 384422.

The Ballybunion buses in association with Estuary Mini Bus Hire will depart at 3pm from Cliff House and pre booking is required from Estuary Mini Bus Hire on 087 8138248.