Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of god

21 April 2006

This post may mention rugby, but do not worry, there is no real sport being mentioned. We’ll leave that till after the match

the mayor of Limerick is a bit worried that with the thousands of Limerickians[1] heading to Dublin to watch Munster[2] defeat Leinster this weekend that the census will fail to collect the correct data and it’ll look like Limerick is a whole lot smaller than it is.

An exodus of rugby fans from Limerick threatens its status as a city, and the European funding that goes with it, when a population census is taken on Sunday.
Diarmuid Scully, mayor of Limerick in western Ireland, told Reuters as many as 20,000 fans could follow the regional team Munster to Dublin on Sunday for the Heineken Cup semi-final against Leinster.

Many could stay on to celebrate — or to drown their sorrows — knocking Limerick’s population of 54,000 below a crucial threshold of 50,000, he added.

Now, I may be wrong, but I seem to recall that there is a portion of the census form for people to fill in who are normally resident in that household, but absent on the 23rd. I know, because I’m going to be away on the 23rd and spotted it on our census form.

So surely they’ll still be marked down as Limerickers? Or am I missing something?

Oh, I’m cheering for Leinster. No. Munster. Defo Munster. Leinster. Munster. Leinster. Munster. Leinster. Munster.[3]


  1. what are people from limerick called?
  2. I’ve decided I’m cheering on Munster. No, Leinster. Munster. Leinster. Munster
  3. I’m not overdoing this am I?

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3 Responses

  1. anne says:

    Cheer for both, it'll be a win-win situation, and your jinxing days will be over for good.

  2. NineMoons says:

    The mother is a census enumerator and yes, you can still be marked even if you're away. So the Mayor of Limerick is a moron. Shocker! (boy scout hand signal)

    And what are people from Limerick called? Inmates.


  3. Fence says:

    Think I'll end up cheering on bith sides Anne.

    NM, aren't you the witty one :)