Sunday 23 October 2016

Former Ireland international Gordon D'Arcy honoured by group who have raised $226m for Irish charities

Published 05/02/2016 | 16:05

Former Ireland international Gordon D’Arcy
Former Ireland international Gordon D’Arcy

FORMER Ireland star Gordon D’Arcy has been honoured by a group of Irish philanthropists for his dedication to Irish rugby.

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The 35-year-old joined the likes of Ollie Campbell and Jack Kyle, as well as former team mates Keith Wood and Ronan O’Gara as one of a select group of players to be honoured by the Worldwide Ireland Funds.

He said that he was delighted with the honour.

“It is a huge honour looking at some of the names on it, like Syd Millar and Keith Woods, some of the names that are synonymous with Irish rugby,” he said.

“It is a privilege to be receiving it in that kind of company.”

D’Arcy received his honour at a special lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin today to mark the start of this year’s Six Nations tournament.

He said that France are his favourites to win the tournament but said that he would not be surprised if Ireland were able to but some doubts to bed against Wales this weekend.

“I just saw the team sheet and obviously Rob (Karney) and Sean (O’Brien) are out so that is another stumbling block,” he said.

“The big thing in their favour is that they have always won big games by playing as a collective.

“I played with most of these guys before and they tend to do really well when the cards are against them.

“I think everybody has written them off and when the pressure is on the other team because they are the favourites, I think that maybe they can get something.”

Ahead of the ceremony, Worldwide Ireland Funds CEO Kieran McLoughlin announced the group had raised $226m since 2009 for Irish charities.

“The Ireland Funds will continue to build on the momentum of the campaign to further increase their support of Irish non-profits that are carrying out programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education, and community development around the world,” said Mr McLoughlin.

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