Ulster rugby supporters travelling to Thomond Park in Limerick on Easter Sunday may be interested to know that Christ Church in O’Connell Street in Limerick are bringing the time of their service forward to 10.30am to accommodate those who are planning to attend the Munster-Ulster quarter final clash in the European Cup.
Christ Church, Limerick is a united Presbyterian- Methodist congregation and on Easter Sunday the service will be conducted by Rev Tom Kingston. It will include Communion and and after the service there will be tea and coffee for everyone.
I’m reliably informed that a good few Munster fans will attend and will probably wear their Munster shirts as they will go straight to Thomond Park from church – about a 20 minute walk. Ulster fans are welcome and they, too, may choose to wear their Ulster supporters’ regalia.
My informant in Limerick was eager to point out that Limerick is International City of Sport this year and welcomes sports people of all kinds. She added that Christ Church also welcomes all sinners, whether sports people or not. I was tempted to respond that, given that understanding, no Ulster supporter will feel out of place in Christ Church.
One suggestion that was made to me was that the Munster officials might be persuaded to broadcast a loud “The Lord is Risen” over the public address system prior to the match, and that all Christian supporters, whether in Ulster or Munster colours, could make a united response, “He is risen indeed!”