The Charity Cup Final between Garryowen and Young Munster, which was due to be played at the Markets Field on Friday October 21, has been postponed.
Rugby was due to be played at the Garryowen venue for the first time in over 50 years but local fans will have to wait to see rugby return to the ground after the final was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Anthony Foley.
“It is with great regret that we announce the postponement of the scheduled Charity Cup Final that was due to take place on Friday evening, but it is quite simply the right thing to do.” said a spokesperson for the Markets Field Stadium.
North Munster Committee IRFU released a statement today announcing the postponement of the final but said that the game will be rescheduled for a later date at the Limerick city venue.
“The Sporting Limerick Charity Cup Final scheduled for this Friday has been postponed as a mark of respect to the late Anthony Foley who passed away in Paris last Sunday.” said North Munster Rugby Chairman Ger Malone.
“The much anticipated return to Markets Field for the Garryowen v Young Munster tie will be re-arranged at the earliest possible date. We appreciate the kind understanding of LEDP, the two clubs and wide Rugby Family in North Munster at this time.” added Mr. Malone.
“North Munster IRFU acknowledge the significant contribution that Anthony Foley made to Rugby in this region with Shannon RFC and Munster.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Olive and two sons, his parents Brendan and Sheila, his sisters Orla and Rosie, his colleagues and friends in Shannon RFC, his former teammates and work colleagues in Munster and Ireland and to his many friends throughout the sporting world on what is such an untimely passing.” said Ger Malone.
Rugby goal posts had made an appearance in the Markets Field for the first time in 58 years. When rescheduled, the match between Garryowen and Young Munster will be the 92nd time that this prestigious cup has been played for.
The city centre venue which served as home to Garryowen FC from their foundation until their relocation to Dooradoyle in the late 1950’s has long connections to rugby having hosted matches back to the 1880’s and the stadium welcomed the famous All Blacks to play Munster on 28th November 1905.