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Here we go! Connacht take on Ulster in Kingspan Stadium on Saturday 4th May, 535 KO.

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Boots09 replied to the topic: #65912 1 day 13 hours ago
Thanks a lot for that, didnt realise there was a marathon on aswell that weekend. I have booked a room in city centre Maldron hotel with free cancellation, should be handy for us as we will be arriving via train and it seems this hotel isnt too far from the station..
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BeardySi replied to the topic: #65896 1 day 17 hours ago

Boots09 wrote: Has anyone any suggestions for places/areas to stay the night of the game?
Myself and the gf are heading up but not sure where to stay!


Wherever you can get! With the bank holiday weekend and the marathon on Sunday rooms are in high demand!

Unsurprisingly the less savoury parts of town don't really have much accommodation on offer anyway.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65891 1 day 20 hours ago

thehoneybadger wrote: Guys when are the general sale tickets on sale? Not a season ticket holder. In Costa Rica on hols atm but have booked accommodation already (with free cancellation) so hoping to pick up some on general sale.


I think they're being released back on Wednesday?
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connachta replied to the topic: #65890 1 day 21 hours ago
Stockdale doubtful.

It would swing from 70/30 to an interesting 60/40 game
thehoneybadger replied to the topic: #65888 2 days 7 hours ago
Guys when are the general sale tickets on sale? Not a season ticket holder. In Costa Rica on hols atm but have booked accommodation already (with free cancellation) so hoping to pick up some on general sale.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65887 2 days 10 hours ago

keithgordon wrote: Question.. anyone know what section of the Kingspan will the majority of Connacht fans will be in?


West terrace is you’re happy to stand, west grandstand if you’d prefer to sit. From the above, more heading to terrace. Gen admission so should, should, be able to clump together.
keithgordon replied to the topic: #65886 2 days 10 hours ago
Question.. anyone know what section of the Kingspan will the majority of Connacht fans will be in?
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Diabhal replied to the topic: #65885 2 days 12 hours ago

Boots09 wrote: Has anyone any suggestions for places/areas to stay the night of the game?
Myself and the gf are heading up but not sure where to stay!

Hotels are steep enough that weekend obviously with the bank holiday. Myself and a mate got a room in the Hampton by the Hilton which is in the west side of the city because it looks like it's handy to get in and out of by car. Only drawback is that you need to pay separately for parking.
Boots09 replied to the topic: #65884 2 days 12 hours ago
Has anyone any suggestions for places/areas to stay the night of the game?
Myself and the gf are heading up but not sure where to stay!
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BeardySi replied to the topic: #65879 4 days 9 hours ago
Two more for the west terrace :D
Conn Not 65 replied to the topic: #65878 4 days 10 hours ago
8 of us for the West Terrace all staying over more on the way negotiations pending......
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65875 5 days 8 hours ago
Basically what Pinky said, if there's interest in a trip from not-Galway, we'll let ye know.
MulMan replied to the topic: #65874 5 days 10 hours ago
Ya I filled in the bit about other journeys, the line with all tickets need to be pre-booked confused me too, but I put that down to mean you can't show up on the day and hope to hop on the bus, I don't want to pay for a bus from Galway and then be told I need to buy one from Sligo if it becomes available. I'll play it by ear, I'll be in Belfast one way or another so I'll not get too stressed
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pinky replied to the topic: #65873 5 days 10 hours ago

MulMan wrote: The Connacht Rugby website says there may be demand for a Castlebar-Sligo-Belfast route but no option to purchase for it, does anybody know when they will announce if that is the case and do we purchase a ticket and then if a bus from Sligo becomes available we're covered for that.


There is a form on the website article to register interest. I assume you fill that in and see what happens.
It does say "All tickets must be pre-booked and we will notify you when available" though, which is a bit confusing. Maybe filling in the form constitutes a booking? That said there is no place to fill in contact details, unless there is another page to the form ...
MulMan replied to the topic: #65871 5 days 10 hours ago
The Connacht Rugby website says there may be demand for a Castlebar-Sligo-Belfast route but no option to purchase for it, does anybody know when they will announce if that is the case and do we purchase a ticket and then if a bus from Sligo becomes available we're covered for that.
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pinky replied to the topic: #65865 5 days 15 hours ago
Good point. A 24 hour bus trip would be good craic too. We'd make a fortune on the reality TV rights.
ThisYearWillBeDifferent replied to the topic: #65861 5 days 15 hours ago

pinky wrote: Nice one. 10.30 departure is ideal. Up in time to watch the other game and build up a bit of craic. My ticket says this for the way back:
Depart:20:30 Arrive:20:30
which means they are using one of their new teleporting buses. That will be handy.


Assuming that's 20:30 on Saturday, of course.
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #65858 5 days 16 hours ago
Wont it be magical when we beat Ulster (A), followed by Munster (A), followed by Leinster in the final to win the whole thing
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pinky replied to the topic: #65857 5 days 16 hours ago
Nice one. 10.30 departure is ideal. Up in time to watch the other game and build up a bit of craic. My ticket says this for the way back:
Depart:20:30 Arrive:20:30
which means they are using one of their new teleporting buses. That will be handy.
ThisYearWillBeDifferent replied to the topic: #65855 5 days 17 hours ago
The bus link is on connachtrugby.ie now.
neill_m replied to the topic: #65853 5 days 17 hours ago
The ground should open at least 90 mins before KO, probably 2 hours for this game. They may show the 1st game on the tv in the bars etc. If wanting to go to the pub pre-game, Pavilion and Errigle Bars both on Ormeau Road, walking distance to ground. I like the Pavilion, can book a table, decent food. Errigle more just for pints, can get bunged before a game like this. Alternatively if you want to support a rugby club - Malone RFC on the Cregagh Road is a decent club, also walking distance to the ground. Think they do pizzas etc, so covered for food. All 3 should be showing the 1st game. Malone are in the 1A/1B playoffs, but will be away from home if they make the final I believe.

www.facebook.com/MaloneRugby1892/

Any questions let me know
neill_m replied to the topic: #65851 5 days 17 hours ago

pinky wrote:

neill_m wrote: Would recommend being on the West Terrace 45 minutes - 1 hour before KO to get a decent spot. We always have the naive fools who think they can get a prime spot 5 minutes before KO etc.


Someone will deliver beer to me during this hour, right?


West Terrace good access to bars underneath the Grandstand. Queues will also start to build maybe 45 minutes before, so multiple purchases required!
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Tall Paul replied to the topic: #65849 5 days 18 hours ago
4 of us for the West terrace
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BeardySi replied to the topic: #65848 5 days 18 hours ago

neill_m wrote:
Would recommend being on the West Terrace 45 minutes - 1 hour before KO to get a decent spot. We always have the naive fools who think they can get a prime spot 5 minutes before KO etc.


In the normal run of things at Ravenhill you need to be at least 30mins early to get anywhere near the halfway in the terrace. Definitely be there earlier.
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pinky replied to the topic: #65846 5 days 18 hours ago

neill_m wrote: Would recommend being on the West Terrace 45 minutes - 1 hour before KO to get a decent spot. We always have the naive fools who think they can get a prime spot 5 minutes before KO etc.


Someone will deliver beer to me during this hour, right?

ConnCardiff

 

We're down to the last home game of the season! Connacht take on Cardiff is what is likely to be a make or break game for both teams! Champions Cup Rugby and Pro14 playoffs are up for grabs. This game is likely to be a sell out!

 

And post game, the Connacht Clan will be delighted to present the Clan Player of the Year and Clan Young Player of the Year awards in the Clan Bar. All are welcome!

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pinky replied to the topic: #65745 1 week 1 day ago
Looking back at the last try, I think Harries was dangerously close to a simultaneous toe in touch as well, though I might have been mixing my boots up ...
To be honest, leaving the ground I thought we'd definitely got the rub of the green (Healy's try looked wrong on a number of levels at the time) but looking back it doesn't seem that bad.
If it was the other way I'd probably be moaning about about it as well, that's just how it works. I had the misfortune to read a bit of the Wales Online comment section in the article that decries the "disgusting" decision. It is an almost entertaining mixture of outrage, conspiracy theory, self-loathing, racism and navel gazing, all interspersed with the occasional plea to cop the feck on (or whatever the Welsh for feck is).
Though of course, as always, the Blues fans knocking about Galway were gracious and all round sound.
Bazzo replied to the topic: #65738 1 week 1 day ago

Fast twitch wrote: Can't have much sympathy with any winger who reaches out to the touch line with one hand (having switched the ball out of that hand) before (or simultaneously if people prefer) grounding the ball. All the coaching would emphasise ensuring the ball is grounded before any other part of your body hits the touch line. Stupid mistake from the winger is being excused by fussing over multiple replays of the footage. Not like they missed a Champions Cup Semi as a result of a mistake in the act of scoring. Take the Learnings.


It wasn't so much a stupid mistake as an absolute try saver from Marmion who smashed him to put him off balance and on the way to touch, unfortunately KOd himself in the process.

I'll be honest and admit I'd probably be annoyed if it happened to us, but to say it was the difference in the game is a huge stretch. Thought Connacht were the better team throughout, the fact we were never behind is a testament to that. There were refereeing decisions we probably would have been moaning about if we'd lost, and it's impossible to know exactly how the game would have played out if they'd scored anyway. They could have missed the conversion, or maybe the defence galvanise and they never score at 78-79' with the team taking the foot off a bit the closer the clock gets to 80 with 2 scores in it.
Fast twitch replied to the topic: #65737 1 week 2 days ago
Can't have much sympathy with any winger who reaches out to the touch line with one hand (having switched the ball out of that hand) before (or simultaneously if people prefer) grounding the ball. All the coaching would emphasise ensuring the ball is grounded before any other part of your body hits the touch line. Stupid mistake from the winger is being excused by fussing over multiple replays of the footage. Not like they missed a Champions Cup Semi as a result of a mistake in the act of scoring. Take the Learnings.
ThisYearWillBeDifferent replied to the topic: #65736 1 week 2 days ago
Match being repeated on S4C just now, halfway through.
MulMan replied to the topic: #65735 1 week 2 days ago
Apparently it was due to to being a simultaneous grounding and in touch like was said, that's a rule I certainly wasn't aware of, but negates slightly how bad the ref was that he actually knew that rule, which seeing as that is a rule it probably was the right call.
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salmson replied to the topic: #65734 1 week 2 days ago
No, they had scrum advantage from our knock on at the ruck. Pretty sure scrum advantage dies once you cross the line, but I think the ref was saying they didn't... or something.
Former Coach replied to the topic: #65733 1 week 2 days ago
I thought that it should have been given too. But we’ll take it! I was puzzled that the ref gave an attacking scrum- surely it should have been a 22? But maybe because the touch-in -goal and touchdown were simultaneous, there is a technical rule there that I wasn’t aware of?
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salmson replied to the topic: #65720 1 week 2 days ago
While we're on the subject of dodgy decisions (and boy was the try-that-wasn't dodgy) did anyone have a good view of the Thornton hit on Farrell midway through the first half? Farrell was carrying on the left side of Cardiff's (Bohermore end) 22 and it looked on tv like Thornton hit him with a forearm smash.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65719 1 week 2 days ago
With the benefit of a few days (and about 20 rewatches of various parts of the match) I can only say how happy I am with the match.

Really solid game all around. Bundee was a force to be reckoned with. Matt Healy was running solid all game. Tiernan was so composed. Blade had a fantastic game, well deserved and well worked try, he essentially played the full 80.

Pack bullied them all game. Boyle was great, Ultan smashed, the entire front row were fantastic.

As for the referring decision, seems to me that it was a fairly clear try. Pics floating around showing the ball grounded before the hand in touch. These things happen, I'm not loosing any sleep over it. Lots of annoyed Cardiff fans, and I can't begrudge them that. Look forward to the fixture next season!

Roll on Munster!
Carty in the USA replied to the topic: #65688 1 week 3 days ago
How will tickets for this work?
Enda replied to the topic: #65687 1 week 3 days ago
Thanks, green army needed !!! Start recruiting.
Bazzo replied to the topic: #65686 1 week 3 days ago
3rd/4th of May according to pro14 website
Enda replied to the topic: #65685 1 week 3 days ago
Considering how shite I felt waking up in Manchester after the Sale game a couple of weeks ago I feel very refreshed this morning!! Any idea yet when the Ulster match would be ?
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connachta replied to the topic: #65684 1 week 3 days ago
Short memory for those guys..
Bazzo replied to the topic: #65682 1 week 4 days ago
I don't even follow any Cardiff/Welsh rugby people on social media and all my feeds are still coming down with pages and pages of whinging over Blues supposedly being robbed.

It's not like the entire game hinged on that try decision, like if let's say the clock was a ridiculous amount of time in the red and the officials made several bad calls in a row which then ended up with the wrong team winning... Ahem... Short memories apparently.
damiengmullen replied to the topic: #65681 1 week 4 days ago
Enda replied to the topic: #65679 1 week 4 days ago
My plan all along was to get top 3 before the Munster game. So happy with that result. How many times have gone in at half time with a lead with the wind in the first half and just couldn’t score in the second half. Cardiff didn’t use the conditions all well as we did but the pressure on Cardiff for most parts of the second half is what I was most pleased with.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65677 1 week 4 days ago
Ah yeah, so that’s champ cup sorted for next year.

Some game. Thought there was a lack of W cynical edge with us, but big performance done.

Jacks try was very special.

Thanks to all for stalling along in the Clan Bar for Player and Young Player awards.
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connachta replied to the topic: #65676 1 week 4 days ago
Done deal. After being stolen 4 years ago in Cardiff, here's the revange!
Accidentally Onside replied to the topic: #65675 1 week 4 days ago
Tiny bit windy out there :dry:
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pinky replied to the topic: #65674 1 week 4 days ago
Officially I don't think it's allowed but they definitely do it. They don't want to encourage it as it can slow up the queues if people don't have the barcode ready or if the phone switches to landscape mode or the screen locks while they're handing it over, etc. but they won't turn you away.

If you're in town a bit early and want to print it, you can do it for 20c at the City Library on Augustine St.
Email it in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will email you back a code after a few minutes. Put the code into the printer/scanner machine in the library along with a 20c coin and you're sorted.
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Mark Mostyn replied to the topic: #65673 1 week 4 days ago

Cathal wrote: Morning folks. As a complete technophobe, this question may be daft! I'm on rare trip home for the game and don't have my ticket printed. Can they scan off the PDF on phone at the gate?


Yes.
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connachta replied to the topic: #65672 1 week 4 days ago
So, good wind but no rain expected!
Cathal replied to the topic: #65671 1 week 4 days ago
Morning folks. As a complete technophobe, this question may be daft! I'm on rare trip home for the game and don't have my ticket printed. Can they scan off the PDF on phone at the gate?
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connachta replied to the topic: #65668 1 week 5 days ago
that's true. Unlikely too, but true

Munster Connacht

 

The Clan are on tour once again! Join us for the annual trip to Thomond Park! Tickets are €25.00 for Clan members, and €40.00 for non members, includes both trip down and East Terrace tickets.  Maximum of two tickets per person! Sure to be a great day!

Only a limited number of tickets are available and only for a limited amount of time. Be sure to pick yours up early!!

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sligsup replied to the topic: #65889 1 day 21 hours ago
Is there a suggested place for pints beforehand and any recommendation city centre after?
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65882 3 days 19 hours ago
Just need to show up on the day with you name and a note of your email address to confirm.

Bus leaving murtys at 4, but will confirm shortly.
healy.bernie@gmail.com replied to the topic: #65881 3 days 20 hours ago
Hi Booked 2 tickets on 14th Just wondering will our tickets be emailed to us as have not recieved any thing except confirmation of purchase What time on Sat will the bus be leaving? Thanks
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65774 1 week 13 hours ago
Just a quick bump on this - we'll be closing this off over the long weekend so make sure that you get your spake in if you're interested in going!
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Diabhal replied to the topic: #65732 1 week 2 days ago

Sol_ie wrote:

Diabhal wrote:

damog7 wrote: Lads, I'm going to be driving down for the game, does anyone know any good spots to park near Thomond?

Yep. If you get there a couple of hours early LIT have parking. Very handy for exiting too.


Clamping can be in effect there too! Just FYI.

I've always just used the 5er parking myself. Wouldn't chance the neighbouring estates.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65731 1 week 2 days ago

Diabhal wrote:

damog7 wrote: Lads, I'm going to be driving down for the game, does anyone know any good spots to park near Thomond?

Yep. If you get there a couple of hours early LIT have parking. Very handy for exiting too.


Clamping can be in effect there too! Just FYI.
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Diabhal replied to the topic: #65729 1 week 2 days ago

damog7 wrote: Lads, I'm going to be driving down for the game, does anyone know any good spots to park near Thomond?

Yep. If you get there a couple of hours early LIT have parking. Very handy for exiting too.
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65727 1 week 2 days ago
There's sometimes parking close enough to the ground, but best bet realistically would be to park in town and walk/hop on a bus out to Thomond. You could chance parking in Dunnes/Woodies on the Ennis Road which is probably the right side of town, but clamping is usually in full effect.
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damog7 replied to the topic: #65724 1 week 2 days ago
Lads, I'm going to be driving down for the game, does anyone know any good spots to park near Thomond?
green13 replied to the topic: #65721 1 week 2 days ago

msmcunningham@hotmail.com wrote: Can I buy 3 seats on the bus pls


Click on ‘Shop’ at the top of the page.
msmcunningham@hotmail.com replied to the topic: #65718 1 week 2 days ago
Can I buy 3 seats on the bus pls
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65716 1 week 2 days ago

msmcunningham@hotmail.com wrote: Hi guys I’m going to Thomond have the ticket , but wasn’t aware ye ran a bus , so I’m interested in going to the Ulster game if ye are doing any tickets bus packages
Can you please let me know . I’m a season clan member


Plans are afoot. Nothing to announce as of yet, logistics depend on the date the game is actually set.

(also, if you have your ticket for the Munster game, we do offer a bus only option for a tenner. Might save you car journey up and down!)
msmcunningham@hotmail.com replied to the topic: #65715 1 week 2 days ago
Hi guys I’m going to Thomond have the ticket , but wasn’t aware ye ran a bus , so I’m interested in going to the Ulster game if ye are doing any tickets bus packages
Can you please let me know . I’m a season clan member
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #65708 1 week 2 days ago

Sol_ie wrote:

ConnachtCows wrote: Any option to just purchase the bus ticket? I have a match ticket already. Thanks


Hi lads

Bus only option added. 10 for members.

No option for junior tickets this year, sorry! If it works out cheaper, you could always buy a junior ticket for east terrace and a bus only ticket!


I'll be skipping this trip anyway now, so no need for a bus ticket. Thanks though
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65617 2 weeks 9 hours ago

ConnachtCows wrote: Any option to just purchase the bus ticket? I have a match ticket already. Thanks


Hi lads

Bus only option added. 10 for members.

No option for junior tickets this year, sorry! If it works out cheaper, you could always buy a junior ticket for east terrace and a bus only ticket!
Rotorbike replied to the topic: #65587 2 weeks 1 day ago
Is there a kids ticket option?

Thought there was last season.
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ConnachtCows replied to the topic: #65554 2 weeks 2 days ago
Any option to just purchase the bus ticket? I have a match ticket already. Thanks
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65551 2 weeks 3 days ago
Yep, we’re still tying down leaving times. Very unlikely we’ll be able to do a pick up or drop off in oranmore, or anywhere else en route.
johnk replied to the topic: #65550 2 weeks 3 days ago
I know he are still organising this but do ye know if there will be an oranmore pick up/drop off.
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essielo replied to the topic: #65549 2 weeks 3 days ago
Do we know for sure yet the k.o. time for this game?Pro14 website says 7.35 so they will hardly change to 3pm at this late stage?if so any idea when bus will leave Galway?sorry just have to plan for either time!cheers!
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Sol_ie replied to the topic: #65547 2 weeks 3 days ago
Tickets are included in the package. Clan are headed for East Terrace!
ShanetTri replied to the topic: #65545 2 weeks 3 days ago
What's the best section to buy tickets for?
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mahick replied to the topic: #65544 2 weeks 3 days ago

roxychick wrote: Hi,

I’d like to purchase 2 tickets for this away trip to Munster can you please let me know how I can do so as I’m not a member of Connacht Clan but am Season ticket holder in Clan Terrace.


Purchase in Connacht Clan 'Shop' page.. listed above just after Home page
roxychick replied to the topic: #65543 2 weeks 3 days ago
Hi,

I’d like to purchase 2 tickets for this away trip to Munster can you please let me know how I can do so as I’m not a member of Connacht Clan but am Season ticket holder in Clan Terrace.