Saturday 3 December 2016

Girlfriend of rugby star tackles huge 3,000-mile trip to get to the match

Published 28/05/2016 | 02:30

John Muldoon and his girlfriend Lorna Byrne
John Muldoon and his girlfriend Lorna Byrne

While rugby fans took to planes and ferries to get to Scotland, John Muldoon's girlfriend was tackling a mammoth overnight trip of 3,000 miles.

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Lorna Byrne (28,) from Salthill, Galway, has been dating the Connacht captain for four years and made the trip from New York to cheer on her beau in Edinburgh.

Byrne, a sales and marketing executive for a Galway hotel group, has spent the last number of weeks studying at the ivy-league Cornell University.

And she's thrilled with the increasingly electric atmosphere around her native Galway.

"The atmosphere and build-up have been amazing this year, the whole town and province has had such a lift in spirit," she said.

"It finally feels like the hard work and dedication is paying off and it's now finally time for Connacht Rugby to enjoy the spotlight. I'm really thrilled for the lads - and John especially."

Byrne says she likes to keep low-key and "just enjoy the matches with family and friends".

Irish Independent

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