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Thomond Park is the home ground of Munster Rugby. The famous venue, renowned internationally for its unique history and atmosphere, was redeveloped in 2007/08 and now boasts a capacity of 25,600 plus an extensive range of conference & banqueting facilities that have further enhanced its glowing reputation.
Since that magical reopening night when Munster played the All Blacks in 2008, Thomond Park has hosted a galaxy of events that has truly established the stadium as a world class multi – purpose venue.

Main roads serving the city include the M7 from Dublin, N24 from Tipperary and N20 from Cork. Thomond Park is situated on the Cratloe Road and is accessible from Junction 3 of the N18 or through the city.
There is no parking at Thomond Park on match days, but as the ground is a short walk from the City Centre you can avail of parking facilities there.

Please keep an eye on the website for specific match times and prices in the run-up to a Munster home game.

Colbert Bus and Train Station is located in the city centre and is approx. 2.6km, 10 mins walk from the stadium.
If walking head north on Parnell Street toward Davis Street. Take the first left onto Davis Street. Turn left onto Pery Street. Take the first right onto Mallow Street. Continue onto Lower Mallow Street. At Shannonbridge roundabout, exit onto Shannon Bridge, continue onto Condell Road and turn right onto Shelbourne Road Lower. Go through 1 roundabout, continue onto Shelbourne Road, turn left onto Cratloe Road and the Stadium is on your right.

Alternatively take the 302 bus from Henry Street and get off at Cratloe Road alongside the stadium.

Patrons should consult the timetables on http://www.buseireann.ie/ for further information on bus arrival times

Colbert Bus and Train Station is located in the city centre and is approx. 2.6km, 10 mins walk from the stadium.
If walking head north on Parnell Street toward Davis Street. Take the first left onto Davis Street. Turn left onto Pery Street. Take the first right onto Mallow Street. Continue onto Lower Mallow Street. At Shannonbridge roundabout, exit onto Shannon Bridge, continue onto Condell Road and turn right onto Shelbourne Road Lower. Go through 1 roundabout, continue onto Shelbourne Road, turn left onto Cratloe Road and the Stadium is on your right.

Alternatively take the 302 bus from Henry Street and get off at Cratloe Road alongside the stadium.

Patrons should consult the timetables on http://www.buseireann.ie/ for further information on bus arrival times

This is directions via walking to Thomond Park

The ground was purchased by the Munster Branch I.R.F.U. in 1938, when the Ballyphehane area of Cork City, was still open country.

The onset of the Second World a year later prevented the immediate development of the ground, but it was possible to build a small pavilion and to put in place two playing pitches.

The Dolphin and Sunday's Well clubs who at that time were having great difficulties in their grounds were installed as tenants. The grounds were named after the late Jimmy Musgrave who had been prominent in both Munster and Irish rugby for many years.

One of the driving forces behind the setting up of the ground was the then Honorary Secretary of the Branch T.W.O'Brien, Sunday November 10th, 1940 saw the opening of the ground, which was opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork Alderman William Desmond and was then followed by a charity match in aid of the Marsh Building fund between the Munster Branch President's (Louis Daly) XV and the Branch Honorary Secretary (Tommy O'Brien) XV.

During the war the Cork Corporation stored turf on the 'back pitch' this mode of heat being so important to the people during those years.

Eventually it was decided to provide a stand - it was a pity that when it was been built that it was erected on such lofty stilts.

It was usually closed on match days, but on the odd occasion that it was opened to the public, such as a visit of a touring side or an interprovincial match it was usually half full. Eventually it was demolished and a structure almost the full length of the pitch installed, the timber seating came from the old West Stand in Lansdowne Road. The venue has come a long way since those far off days.

On the field some of the highlights was the day that Munster held the mighty All-Blacks, the visitors gaining a share of the spoils with an injury time penalty, while the province have registered a hat-trick of wins over the Wallabies at the venue, their last success came in 1992 when the Australians were World Champions.

Other events that have been staged at the ground included major Pipe Band competitions as well as a European Cup soccer match.

Irish Independent Park Stats:

• The works were carried out between June 2014 to January 2015 by BAM.

• The new stand is 100m long and sits neatly between existing flood lighting towers.

• The new West Stand and roof works to existing East Terrace, were constructed without access onto the playing surface.

• The top of West Stand is approx. 14m above pitch level - the same height as 3 stacked double decker buses.

• 150 tonnes of structural steelwork used

• 2,000m3 of concrete used in new stand foundations and ground floor.

• Approximately 3,500 m2 of cladding used in the roofs and elevations of both stands - half the size of a rugby pitch!

Reaching Cork by car is relatively straightforward as the road system connects all of the large cities. Main roads serving the city include the N8 from Dublin, N25 from Waterford, N20 from Limerick, N22 from Killarney and the N71 from West Cork.

Musgrave Park is situated in Ballyphehane and is accessible from the South Ring Rd. or through the city.

There is a park and ride facility in operation for Munster matches in the Black Ash Park and Ride, located off the South City Link Rd. and ten minutes walk from the stadium.

Please keep an eye on the website for specific match times and prices in the run-up to a Munster home game.

Iarnroid Eireann, Ireland's National train company operates from Cork's Kent train station and is located on the lower Glanmire Road, 10 minutes walk from the city bus station.

Connections to all major rail-linked towns and cities can be made from Kent Station.

More details on the Irish rail service can be found at http://www.irishrail.ie/

Bus Eireann provide a nationwide network and service to Cork.

The Cork city bus station is located at Parnell Place. Irish Independent Park is located between Pearse Rd. and Tramore Road in Ballyphehane, Cork and the number 3 bus operates from Patrick St. (around the corner from Parnell Place) to Ballyphehane. The city bus-stop is located outside Brown Thomas and there is a bus-stop right outside the Dolphin entrance of Irish Independent Park on Pearse Rd.

Further timings and information can be found at http://www.buseireann.ie/bubble.php?id=59#cork

This is directions via walking to Irish Independent Park

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