Shannon is Munster Rugby’s official airport partner

Shannon is Munster Rugby’s official airport partner

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Shannon is Munster Rugby’s official airport partner

Shannon is Munster Rugby’s official airport partner

Posted by The Clare Herald on Thursday, August 31, 2017

*Video by Brian Ruane with additional footage thanks to Seán Ryan.

Shannon Airport is set to become Munster Rugby’s ‘Official Airport Partner’ in a three year commitment.

The partnership is a timely boost for the commencement of the 2017-‘18 season and formalises a long standing relationship between the province and Shannon, with the airport having hosted some unforgettable and emotional Munster homecomings over the years, not least following the 2006 and 2008 European Champions Cup Victories.

The partnership, which makes Shannon the exclusive airport partner to Munster rugby, will see the Shannon logo positioned on the players’ shorts.

Photo: Seán Curtin/True Media

Announcing the deal, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said that it’s a natural fit for both airport and province.  “Shannon Airport is synonymous with some of the great Munster Rugby homecomings.  We’ve had thousands of Munster fans packed in here for Munster homecomings over the years.  The most notable events were, naturally, the ’06 and ’08 homecomings following the European Champions Cup victories in Cardiff.

“The great thing about Munster also is that we have had big numbers here for homecomings after quarter-finals and semi-finals and, indeed, also when the team did not get across the line. It’s just a brilliantly supported team, in good times and bad.  This is a perfect partnership for Shannon.  Munster is a massive rugby community. Shannon is also very much a community and over the years, this has been the preferred airport of Munster players and fans alike so it’s only right that we would formalise the relationship.”

Photo: Seán Curtin/True Media

Munster Rugby Commercial Manager Doug Howlett said: “Munster Rugby are delighted to announce Shannon Airport as our exclusive airport partner. We have a rich and colourful history together and we remain very much aligned through serving our community and striving for excellence. Munster Rugby are excited to formalise this relationship and for Shannon Airport to remain the launch pad for our rugby adventures into the future. As the season kicks off this Friday we look forward to supporting the team and our latest Partner Shannon Airport”

Said Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas:  “ From a Shannon Group perspective, we are delighted that Shannon Airport and Munster have formalised their long standing relationship and we look forward to the province picking up where it left off last season and continuing its progress back up the European ladder.”

 

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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.

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