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My Job in Munster - Colm Moran, Operations Manager

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Munster players, from left to right, Tommy O'Donnell, Paul O'Connell, John Ryan and head coach Anthony Foley during lineout practice at squad training. Munster Rugby Squad Pre-Season Training, University of Limerick, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster players, from left to right, Tommy O'Donnell, Paul O'Connell, John Ryan and head coach Anthony Foley during lineout practice at squad training. Munster Rugby Squad Pre-Season Training, University of Limerick, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Colm Moran

Colm Moran

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Munster players, from left to right, Tommy O'Donnell, Paul O'Connell, John Ryan and head coach Anthony Foley during lineout practice at squad training. Munster Rugby Squad Pre-Season Training, University of Limerick, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

The Kildare native, lives in Limerick with his wife Barbara and four children, Katherine, Thomas, Joan and Alice. Previously he was an Army Officer for the Irish Defence Forces for 16 years. He was then operations manager for the Mahon Point Centre in Cork before joining Thomond Park Stadium.

When did you join Munster?

June 2008.

What do you do?

I hold responsibility for the implementation of best practice Standard Operating Procedures for the effective and efficient management of the stadium at all times, including match-day and non-match-day events. I am also responsible for the implementation and management of ISO2012 for event sustainability. I manage the Health and Safety function, including the facilitation of site inspections by external bodies, ensuring all work complies with legislation and best practice safety rules.

What is the best part of your job?

The variety of tasks and events means it is never boring.

Most memorable match?

Munster v the All Blacks, November 2008. It was extremely busy behind the scenes with our first major match in the new stadium. The Air Corps flew the helicopter into a crowd of 26,000 for the ranger wing to fast-rope onto the pitch and deliver the match ball. This was probably the best live training exercise I have seen. To top this, Munster went on to put in an awesome performance and we believed that the squad was going to repeat the historic feats of 1978. Unfortunately, it was not to be, but everyone went home that evening extremely proud of what Munster delivered both on and off the pitch and it was a fantastic occasion to be part of.

Irish Independent