Vintners in Limerick city are seeking legal advice about whether they will be allowed to open on Good Friday to accommodate fans who are attending the sell-out match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park.

Over 26,000 fans are expected to attend the 2 April evening fixture, but because of the licensing laws pubs are not allowed to open on Good Friday.

Vintners had failed in their efforts to get the match changed to either Thursday or Saturday.

Vintners have been told that the legislation is so restrictive that they are not allowed to even apply for an exemption on Good Friday.

However, expert legal opinion has found that an exemption may be applied for, if the reason for the application is for a major event.