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Travelers' Choice 2014

Thomond Park, Limerick

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Distance: 16kms

Thomond Park is the home ground of Munster Rugby, one of the most successful and best supported rugby clubs in the world. The famous venue, renowned internationally for its unique history and atmosphere, has been redeveloped and now boasts an increased capacity of 25,600 plus an extensive range of conference & banqueting facilities that have further enhanced its glowing reputation.

Since that magical reopening night when Munster played the All Blacks in 2008 witnessed by a national television audience of over one million viewers, Thomond Park has hosted a galaxy of events that has truly established the stadium as a world class multi – purpose venue.

From international rugby with Ireland v The Barbarians, the historic staging of two international football matches with the Republic of Ireland, hosting The Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, to concerts with performances by P!NK, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan, the stadium has delivered on its promise to attract the very best in terms of sporting and entertainment experiences.

The increased capacity has also allowed record levels of supporters to attend Munster Rugby matches, and in November 2010, Thomond Park witnessed another historic and memorable occasion when Munster played and triumphed over the touring international Australian team adding yet another heroic landmark to the legendary reputation of the venue.

When it comes to choosing a hospitality & conferencing venue in Ireland, it would be difficult to surpass Thomond Park Stadium for its iconic and inspirational status. The new stadium is renowned for its award-winning design and architecture, including an entire level in the east stand dedicated to an array of hospitality and conference facilities. Befitting a modern venue, the stadium is also fitted with state of the art technology and the entire conference & banqueting level is fitted with high-end audio visual and IT equipment.

Since it reopened its doors in 2008, Thomond Park Stadium has hosted exhibitions, seminars, product launches, business meetings, training events, gala dinners, college balls, fashion shows, and even weddings. Those who have sampled its corporate and banqueting facilities first hand will also attest to its five star service and catering. The hospitality facilities at Thomond Park Stadium are most definitely designed to deliver quality standards in every area. This is underpinned by the top class level of catering provided by its on-site catering and hospitality partners Masterchefs Munster.

Another fascinating addition to the stadium is the spectacular interactive Museum Experience which showcases the proud history and heritage of Munster Rugby including an impressive range of memorabilia such as the match ball from the famous victory against the All Blacks in 1978 and the 2006 Heineken Cup trophy. The Museum also contains interactive displays and touch screens suitable for all ages with a specially commissioned film titled “We are Munster” that portrays the tradition and history of the club and the unique bond that it shares with its loyal supporters.

As an added bonus stadium tours can be incorporated with a museum visit which allows visitors to look behind the scenes at the historic Stadium, taking them to places normally only accessible to the players and officials on match days, from a walk down the tunnel to a seat in the home and away dressing rooms and the dugouts.

The new Thomond Park Stadium represents another glorious chapter in the history of Munster Rugby and is testament to its stature as one of the best supported clubs in world rugby.

From the hotel the distance is 16km with a total of 25mins.