Limerick County Council has hosted a civic reception tonight for Shane Geoghegan, the 28-year-old rugby player was shot dead near his home in Dooradoyle in Limerick in November 2008.

A plaque dedicated to his memory was unveiled in the foyer of the county council building as part of the ceremony.

The ceremony happens just the day before a major charity match at Thomond Park in which Sunderland AFC play Munster X1.

20,000 people are expected to attend the fixture that will raise funds for the Shane Geoghegan Trust, which helps young people in disadvantaged areas get involved in sport.

Mr Geoghegan was shot dead near his home in the Kilteragh estate in the early hours of November 9 2008.

A man has been charged with his murder and the case is expected to be prosecuted through the Central Criminal Court later this year.