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Thursday 27 April 2017

Rugby legend O'Connell honoured at star-studded event for Haven

Haven chairman Leslie Buckley and wife Carmel make the presentation to Paul O’Connell helped by Alan Quinlan Photo: Mark Condren
Haven chairman Leslie Buckley and wife Carmel make the presentation to Paul O’Connell helped by Alan Quinlan Photo: Mark Condren

Rory Tevlin

Rugby hero Paul O'Connell was joined by former teammates Alan Quinlan and Ronan O'Gara as he was honoured for his contribution to rugby by prominent charity Haven.

The Munster star was all smiles as he attended Haven's eighth annual Six Nations Rugby Lunch in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel yesterday.

Haven ambassador O'Connell was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Rugby Award 2017 by his old pal Quinlan, who acted as master of ceremonies.

The Limerick man said it was a humbling experience to receive the award.

"Rugby plays an incredibly important part in my life, so it was a real privilege to line out for Munster, Ireland and the Lions. I was immensely proud and humbled to stand as captain of these teams, and to share some fantastic achievements with them," he said.

"I'd like to thank Haven for this award and all who came together at the Rugby Lunch to make an impact for the people of Haiti."

Haven founder and chairman Leslie Buckley said: "It is an honour to pay tribute to the great Paul O'Connell at today's Rugby Lunch; he truly deserves this award.

"Paul stands tall among the most iconic figures ever to emerge from Irish rugby."

Irish Independent

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