Aoibhinn and Company with Munster 1978 players
This week, Aoibhinn is joined by three members of the legendary 1978 Munster rugby team who beat the All Blacks in Thomond Park on 31 October of that year.
Donal Canniffe was the Captain, Christy Cantillon scored the only try of the match, Tony Ward's conversion and two drop goals were the other scores of the 12 - 0 victory.
They describe how that early try changed the momentum of the game. They recall the pre match training in Fermoy arranged by their coach Tommy Kiernan, the signature silence before Tommy's dressing room talk, the connection between the Munster supporters and the team. After the final whistle, there were huge celebrations.
Donal recalls taking a phone call immediately after the match to tell him that his father had died suddenly while listening to the match on the radio in Cork. Donal left immediately to be with his family. His father, a Dublin hurler in his day, was a great sports fan and Donal pays tribute to him.
All three men try to explain the magic that is Munster rugby and the loyalty of the supporters. They explain how they ended up playing rugby - Donal played because he went to a rugby school; Christy's family were involved with horses but he chose rugby over horse riding because of the team camaraderie; Tony describes trying to juggle his successful soccer career with rugby, but the camaraderie of the rugby team convinced him to make rugby his game.
Retirement is a challenge for players but Christy and Donal continued their involvement as coaches to other teams. Tony retired, made a comeback and now is involved in schoolboy rugby as well as writing and broadcasting on rugby.
All three recall the three members of that 1978 who have died since - Micky O Sullivan, a sub; Colm Tucker and Moss Keane. They reflect on the importance of that match and victory in their lives, particularly on the bond of friendship that it created between the members of the team.
They chose Derek Moloney Stand Up and Fight; Foster and Allen Two Little Boys; Les Crane Desiderata and The Wolf Tones Fiddler's Green