Monday, March 23, 2009

Grand Slam Winning Irish Rugby Team Welcomed Home to Civic Reception

On Sunday 22nd March I had the great privilege of welcoming home the Irish Grand Slam winning Rugby team at a civic reception in the Mansion House in my capacity as Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin. It was certainly a day to remember. The following is the text of my address to the reception. (Photos to follow).

Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin
At Civic Reception for
Irish Rugby Team
Sunday, 22 March, 2009

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our Grand Slam winning Rugby squad, Declan Kidney and his management team, President and Committee of the Irish Rugby Football Union, Public representatives and distinguished guests to the city's premier residence, The Mansion House, Dublin.

As Deputy Lord Mayor I wholeheartedly congratulate the Irish squad and management team on your wonderful success in this year’s Six Nations Championship.
You have given us five wonderful games of incredible football this season. You beat the best of European rugby along the way. You are simply the best.

And then to cap a perfect day, Bernard Dunne won the Super Bantam Weight World Title for Dublin and Ireland.

On behalf of the citizens of Dublin City and sporting fans all across the island of Ireland can I say how proud we are of your achievement in winning our first Grand Slam since 1948. Our first of the 21st Century. I'm sure we won't have to wait as long for the next!

I am aware that fans from all corners of the country are waiting anxiously on Dawson Street to show their appreciation and see their heroes in the flesh.

In conclusion on behalf of Dublin City Council and the people of Ireland can I say to you all, savour the moment, take in the atmosphere and once again thank you for the tremendous honour you have achieved for Ireland.

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