Cheers! Blues fans to beat booze ban on Good Friday

Cormac Byrne

rugby fans can beat the Good Friday booze ban by cheering on the Leinster 'A' team in the British and Irish Cup semi-final.

The Blues take on Munster 'A' at the RDS and Leinster rugby club has confirmed that alcohol will be served at the venue during the game.

The decision to move the tie to the Ballsbridge venue from Donnybrook to avail of their greater capacity was made a fortnight ago.

Tickets for the game are priced at €10 for adults (€9 if you purchase online), €5 for children (€4 if bought online) and there is free admission for season ticket holders.

Leinster rugby CEO Mick Dawson is confident a large crowd will turn up for the crunch clash.


"The B&I Cup semi-final will kick-start a wonderful weekend of top class rugby for our supporters ahead of the Heineken Cup Quarter Final in the Aviva Stadium the following evening," he said.

"Once again our season ticket holders will be rewarded with another opportunity to see the next crop of provincial talent for free in a competition which has steadily improved since its inception in the 2009/10 season.

"The team, under the stewardship of coach Colin McEntee, have performed consistently throughout the pool stages this year," he told the Herald.

"The B&I Cup has once again helped provide our wider squad and burgeoning Academy talent with greater experience as well as the opportunity to play at a high level and on a consistent basis.

"By moving this knock-out game to the RDS we also believe that it will help cater for what we anticipate will be a higher audience than normal."

In 2010, the drinking ban was famously lifted in Limerick allowing over 100 pubs to open to accommodate rugby fans who had travelled to the city for the Magners League clash between Munster and Leinster.

An estimated 10,000 punters packed bars in the city to watch the game while enjoying a pint.