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Smiling fans savour success

Munster supporters – many of whom were forced to emigrate in recent years – celebrated across London last night after their team's victory over Harlequins in the Heineken Cup.

Jenny O'Flynn (30) is originally from Limerick and said she "just knew they would win".

"I had a feeling this morning," she said after the game. "I'll have this smile on my face for a long time."

Eoin Neylon (26), from Ennis, Co Clare, now living in Ealing, said he was on edge at half time.

"At half-time it could have gone either way. We kept up with Harlequins and managed to win."

Kevin Cronin (50) travelled from Tipperary to the Twickenham Stoop without a ticket but said he was thrilled with the fantastic result.

"We surprised a few people with that because we were the underdogs," he said.

"The bigger the team, Munster step up. Every player put in 100pc. They got their heads down and dug in.

"I'm very proud of their performance today."

Meanwhile, Niamh Keogh (29) from Clare said she was still finding it hard to comprehend.

"I can't believe we won.

"It's amazing. The support has been amazing.

"Munster fans came down in their thousands and really helped the team."

Irish Independent