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GOD HAS US ON CLOUD NINE; Heineken EUROPEAN CUP FINAL: IT'S HERE!

Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

HEAVEN'S above! Is this a good omen for Munster's rugby team in today's Heineken Cup final or a curse on the boys in red?

Amateur photographer Martin Moran snapped what he believes is the face of God looking over Limerick city before the eagerly-awaited match.

Martin said: "It was my son Denis who spotted it in the photograph. We believe it is definitely the face of God looking down on the city and Thomond Park before the game which means victory for Munster."

But others think the ghostly face formed by clouds is that of St Munchin, Limerick's patron saint who cursed the town.

And they fear this spells doom for The Reds in their clash with Biarritz.

Martin said: "The face is situated over St Munchin's church, which some believe is not a good sign."

The notorious curse of St Munchin dates back to the 7th century when locals were asked to help build a church. They refused and the angry saint cursed the whole town.

But nine-year-old Denis Moran is convinced the picture shows "God shining down on Munster and Limerick city".

He said: "This is a definite sign. We will win on Saturday 25-7."

However, fanatical Reds fan Tony Murphy said: "It looks more like an angry Paul O'Connell to me. Who cares who it is as long as Munster win!"

A blown-up copy of the photograph to be signed by the Munster team will later be raffled for charity.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 20, 2006
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