LIMERICK will feature on New Zealand prime time television next month as part of the build-up to the November 18 Munster v All Blacks game in Thomond Park.
Well-known New Zealand TV broadcaster Rachel Smalley and cameraman Leon Menzies, yesterday finished two days of filming in Limerick capturing the city’s unique rugby history and tradition.
And the TV package will “dispel some of the myths” about Munster’s historic win over the All Blacks 30 years ago.
Reporter Smalley explained: “There’s been lots of rumours flying around New Zealand that the All Blacks were hungover on the day they played in Limerick after being to a banquet in Bunratty but the truth is they visited Bunratty some days before the game and were beaten fair and square by a better Munster team. Although New Zealanders know about Munster and are aware that they beat the All Blacks, they don’t know a lot about the 1978 game. We intend to report on how special that win was, what it meant to the people of Limerick and the excitement building ahead of the rematch next month.”
The Limerick TV special will be aired on Campbell Live, the leading New Zealand current affairs show.
It will feature interviews with Limerick Leader editor Alan English who wrote a bestseller on the game, Stand Up and Fight: When Munster beat the All Blacks; Limerick Leader photographer, Owen South; Irish Examiner sports writer Charlie Mulqueen; match linesman, Martin Walsh and members of the winning 1978 Munster team, Gerry McLoughlin, Colm Tucker and Seamus Dennison.
They also interviewed Thomond Park manager, John Cantwell about the new €40 million stadium
The TV slot will also feature footage of Charlie St George’s on Parnell Street and the fascinating memorabilia that adorn the walls of the famous rugby pub and Charlie Malone’s pub in Wolfe Tone Street which hosted pigs toes and spare ribs party for the TV crew.
Ms Smalley said: “We’ve been bowled over by the knowledge of the fans and the friendliness of the people. There’s a real connection between the supporters of the All Blacks and Munster so we’re delighted to be bringing a little bit of that Munster magic back to New Zealand.”
Laura Ryan, spokeswoman for the Limerick Co-Ordination Office, said she is delighted that the city’s unique rugby atmosphere will be beamed across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
The date for the programme has yet to be finalised but it will be shown in the days leading up to the game.
lIn Ireland, it can be viewed on www.3news.co.nz
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