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Arthur’s Quay Park is the place to be this Thursday, 27th July to get up close to the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy, enjoy lots of fun kicking games and meet some of the games stars!

Limerick City and County Council and the IRFU are bringing the trophy to the city to mark the countdown to the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Dublin and Belfast from 9th to the 26th of August.

Irish women’s captain Niamh Briggs will arrive in style with the trophy by boat on the River Shannon to Arthur’s Quay Park at 12 noon.

Niamh’s boat will be escorted by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue along with Nevsail Kayakers as she makes her way to Arthur’s Quay jetty.

On arrival at Arthurs Quay Jetty Niamh will be welcomed by the Mayor of Limerick city and county, Cllr Stephen Keary and will be joined by some surprise guests from the world of rugby including former Ireland’s women’s captain Fiona Coughlan.

Between 12-2pm enjoy FREE inflatable rugby kicking games in the park while on the water, Nevsail will provide a very novel penalty kicking competition where you can try your luck at kicking rugby balls at targets floating on the Shannon to win some great prizes!

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Stephen Keary, is encouraging all who wish to attend this free event to wear their club colours.

“While we want to support the Women’s World Cup, clubs of all sports are more than welcome to come along and join in the fun,“ he said. “Limerick has a proud rugby tradition and we want to ensure that this is very much a public event and is open to everyone.”

The event, which runs from 12pm to 2pm, will be one of the largest of the 274 held since the trophy stated a tour of all 32 counties.

Tickets for the semi-finals and finals stages of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, to take place in Belfast on the 22nd and 26th August, are available from ticketmaster.co.uk . Pool stage tickets are now completely sold-out.

Women’s Rugby World Cup Tournament Director, Garrett Tubridy, said,

“We are delighted that Limerick City have invited the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy tour to Arthur’s Quay Park so that the people of Limerick can get up close to the biggest prize in women’s rugby. The trophy has travelled over 15,000 km so far and we know the event in Limerick will be one of the highlights of the tour.”