Saturday 3 December 2016

Stars line out at Terenure's Gala for 'Rala'

Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30

Paddy 'Rala' O'Reilly, who served as baggage master for the Irish rugby team as well as for the Lions over a 21-year period Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Paddy 'Rala' O'Reilly, who served as baggage master for the Irish rugby team as well as for the Lions over a 21-year period Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Terenure College Rugby Club is to honour one of its own with a gala dinner in Lakelands for Paddy 'Rala' O'Reilly on Saturday, April 23.

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Rala served as baggage master for the Irish rugby team as well as for the Lions over a 21-year period. He retired from the role after the 2015 World Cup.

Guest speakers will include Joe Schmidt, Paul O'Connell, Ian McGeechan and Jason Leonard, while the MC will be Apres Match star - and ex-Belvederian - Risteard Cooper.

From his appointment in 1994, Rala's open door policy forged close relationships with so many players and coaches. His room became an escape - although never prank-free - for players. He will become president of Terenure in 2016-17.

For bookings/info contact: Fiona Hicks on office@terenurecollegerfc.com or 01-4904283 Brian Elliott on 086 2993302 or John Dowling 086 6888507.

Irish Independent

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