Posted on: October 22, 2015

The Story of Thomond Park – Where Miracles Happen by Charlie Mulqueen & Brendan O’Dowd

Alone it stands. Since the first game played there in 1934, Thomond Park has become one of the world’s iconic rugby venues. It is a magnificent stadium, famous for many great occasions, notably Munster’s 1978 victory over the All Blacks and the ‘Miracle Match’ against Gloucester in 2003.

The original stadium was not so impressive. Some even referred to it as ‘Pneumonia Park’. But it was born of necessity in the 1930s when it was decided that its predecessor, the Markets Field, was no longer in a position to guarantee the future of the game in Limerick.

In 2008 the glittering new Thomond Park Stadium was opened on the same site at Hassetts Cross. The venue retains its worldwide reputation for tradition and an outstanding sense of fair play.

Charlie Mulqueen watched his first match at Thomond Park aged 8 in 1951. The game between Munster and South Africa was memorable and he has been a regular there since. He has reported on rugby for RTE, the Limerick Leader and Irish Examiner. His collaborator on this book, Brendan O’Dowd, Munster Schools Cup winner and holder of Munster Senior Cup medals, was a regular on Munster teams at schools, junior and senior levels. He has served on the IRFU committee and as President of the Munster Branch.

Together, Charlie and Brendan trace the history of this stadium in a colourful and entertaining style, highlighting great games played and great characters who graced the arena.

Price €19.99/£15.99 • Hardback • October 2015

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