Munster rugby link with women's refuge


Top Irish rugby players have lined out to help tackle domestic abuse in a partnership with the largest women’s refuge in the country.

The move will see Munster Rugby supporting Adapt Domestic Abuse Services during the 2012- 2013 season as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.

Established in 1974, Adapt House in Limerick is the largest women’s refuge in the State and can accommodate both single women and families at one its 14 units.

Last year the service worked with 755 women and 398 children. Of that number, 198 women were admitted for refuge along with 365 children.

Munster and Ireland player Conor Murray, who attended the event to publicise the partnership, described violence against women as a “cowardly act”.

Munster Rugby will work closely with Adapt throughout the coming season, helping with awareness raising and schools programmes including “healthy relationships”.

Among those who also attended the event at Thomond Park were Munster players Ian Keatley, Felix Jones and Johne Murphy.