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Irish rugby team to be formally honoured at Farmleigh reception

Published 18/03/2014 | 18:58

Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland, celebrates with team-mate Andrew Trimble, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney at the final whistle.
Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland, celebrates with team-mate Andrew Trimble, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney at the final whistle.

SPORTS Minister Michael Ring says the Irish rugby squad will be formally honoured by the State with a reception at Farmleigh.

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Ring confirmed to Independent.ie today that he has made contact with IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne and president Pat Fitzgerald to confirm the reception.

"The achievement of the Irish rugby team in winning the Six Nations Championship, and especially the manner of it, deserves to be recognised in this way," said Ring. "The players showed incredible character and bravery in Paris last weekend to hold on at the end, and we are all so proud of this success."

With the players straight back into action with their provincial and club teams, and with the Heineken Cup resuming again in less than three weeks, the only stumbling block will be fixing a date for the reception.

"I have been in touch with the IRFU and it is a matter now of finding when we can have everybody available'" said Ring.

Last year, the Grand Slam-winning Irish women's team were afforded a reception at Farmleigh to celebrate their success.

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