Limerick Rugby Experience Opens
The International Rugby Experience in Limerick city has opened to the public and is projected to attract 100,000 visitors a year, including rugby fans from all over the world.
The six-storey red brick building features a digitally interactive experience where visitors can experience how to play rugby, improve their skills, score a try, visit a legends gallery, and follow the stories and history of the game from grass roots to clubs to Ireland’s historic victories.
It uses leading, custom-made, real-time software coupled with the expert knowledge of Jock Peggie, Head of Education, Laws and Compliance at World Rugby, to deliver an interactive experience designed to be an authentic and exciting reflection of the game, with visitors having hands-on fun each step of the way.
The construction of the museum has been made possible by a €30m donation from the JP McManus charitable foundation.
International Rugby Experience Chairperson and former Ireland, Lions and Munster player Paul O'Connell said he was delighted to now be able to welcome the public to the building.
“It's been years in the making, but we're finally able to throw open the doors, and the whole team are really looking forward to it. This is a visitor attraction that Limerick, and indeed the whole country, can be proud of, and we're very thankful to those who have helped us along our journey to this point.”
The museum also features a ground floor retail shop and a café on the first floor and is open seven days a week from 9.30am-6pm.