Friday 28 April 2017

Irish rugby great Donal Lenihan honoured at annual Ireland Funds Rugby Lunch

Donal Lenihan, centre, is pictured with RTE presenter Joanne Cantwell and Ronan O’Gara at the 9th annual Ireland Funds Rugby Lunch in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel. Former Ireland international rugby player, Donal Lenihan was honoured at the fundraiser event, with over 400 guests in attendance. PHOTO: Mark Stedman
Donal Lenihan, centre, is pictured with RTE presenter Joanne Cantwell and Ronan O’Gara at the 9th annual Ireland Funds Rugby Lunch in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel. Former Ireland international rugby player, Donal Lenihan was honoured at the fundraiser event, with over 400 guests in attendance. PHOTO: Mark Stedman

Irish rugby legend Donal Lenihan was honoured today at the annual Ireland Funds Rugby Lunch in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel

The 57-year-old, who won two Triple Crowns with Ireland in the 80s, was the guest of honour at the event.

High profile guests in attendance included Michael Flatley, former Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, former internationals and Ireland Funds board members, Hugo MacNeill and Trevor Ringland, Ronan O'Gara, the CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds Kieran McLoughlin and Chairman of The Ireland Funds America John Fitzpatrick.

The Ireland Funds are a philanthropic network across 12 countries that has raised over $550 million for worthy causes in Ireland and Irish causes around the world. It is the largest network of friends of Ireland dedicated to supporting programmes of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. 

Over 40 years, The Ireland Funds have received support from 25,000 donors in 12 countries.  Between 2000 and 2015 alone, The Ireland Funds awarded 7,100 grants to 3,200 outstanding organisations.

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