Munster stars celebrate Christmas at Ennis RFC

Munster stars celebrate Christmas at Ennis RFC


Munster and Rotherham Titans in action at Ennis RFC – Photo: Helen McQuillan

Rugby fans were treated to an early Christmas present on Sunday when the entire Munster squad turned up to celebrate Ennis Rugby Club’s  Christmas Party.

The club played host to the British & Irish Cup clash between Munster A and Rotherham Titans, with Munster A winning 34-3 in front of a strong attendance of 600 people.

While stars such as Dave Foley, Robin Copeland and Dave O’Callaghan made a big impact on the pitch, focus had turned to the sidelines before kick-off as fans were joined by international stars such as Conor Murray, Simon Zebo, CJ Standar and Peter O’Mahony who were on their Christmas party.

Munster stars Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Keith Earls at Ennis RFC – Photo: Helen McQuillan

The coaching team, including Jerry Flannery, were also in attendance with players and staff alike happily signing autographs for young Ennis players and fans.

Ennis Minis players played an exhibition match at half time and a lucky few jumped in for photos with their favourite players, with Simon Zebo having a particularly large number of young admirers.

Organisers and club officials said it was a huge honour for the club to host the match and the Munster squad, with the smooth running of the day being helped by clear skies.

Words: Stuart Holly

Photos: Helen McQuillan

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.