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Gloucester prepares to party with Munster with music and discounts for Heineken Cup clash at Kingsholm

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

Munster fansNeil and Trevor Ryan and Maurice Lynch enjoy a pint in the Longford Inn, Gloucester, before the 2008 clash

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THE Cherry and White sea will be interspersed with waves of green on Saturday as more than 3,000 Munster fans are expected in the city.

Pubs and restaurants in the city are looking to create a home away from home for fans of the Heineken Cup Pool 6 clash at Kingsholm.

There will be traditional Irish bands and entertainers in the Gate Streets in the afternoon, plus live music put on by pubs such as Café Rene and The Cross Keys Inn.

However, rugby fans in Gloucester will be hoping the luck of the Irish will be with them rather than their opponents on the field.

Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said numerous events had been laid on across the city by pubs, bars, Marketing Gloucester Ltd, and the Gloucester City Council’s Economic Development team: “It’s always a great atmosphere when the Irish visit Gloucester.

“They enjoy coming here and we always give them a warm welcome.

“It gives us the opportunity to try out new ideas ahead of the Rugby World Cup coming here in 2015. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

Nick Fulbrook, landlord at the Old Bell – which is offering a small discount on light meals when mentioning ‘WelcomeMunster2014’ – said: “I love it when the Irish come to town, they are a great bunch.

“It’s great that the whole city is getting involved and it should be a bumper day full of fun.”

Celtic-infused folk rock band, Missin’ Rosie, will play on Friday night at 11pm at Café Rene, and there will more live music there tomorrow.

Playing at the cross, from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, will be Irish Band, The Life of Riley.

The Cross Keys Inn has live Irish bands playing 1pm till midnight on Saturday, while Fever, in Eastgate Street, will offer anyone who shows their Gloucester Rugby ticket stub from the game, or is wearing their Gloucester Rugby top, drinks deals before 10.30pm.

And Teague’s Bar will be erecting a marquee for fans with a pig roast and live music.

Meanwhile, Gloucester Rugby Club will also have early opening from 3pm, live bands, reduced price on pints for two hours until 5pm, a players question and answer session.

Fans can watch the preceding Heineken Cup clash, Toulon vs Cardiff, on the big screens and bars around the stadium from 3pm.

Kick off for the sell out game is at 6pm and Gloucester Rugby are warning fans that tickets on sale from touts could be fake.

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