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Baby joy for rugby legend Leo Cullen and designer wife Dairine

Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor

Published 13/08/2014 | 02:30

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Expecting: Leo Cullen and wife Dairine Kennedy
Leo Cullen and his wife Dairine Kennedy at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball
Leo Cullen and his wife Dairine Kennedy at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball

Rugby giant, Leo Cullen and his wife, Dairine Kennedy, are expecting their first child.

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The hugely popular 
former Leinster captain will be lining out for nappy changing duties in three months time.

Leo Cullen and his wife Dairine Kennedy at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball
Leo Cullen and his wife Dairine Kennedy at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball

"Leo and I are expecting a baby so exciting time ahead. I'm around 27 weeks now," his wife Dairine confirmed to the Irish Independent.

The couple have shared their exciting news with family and friends and work colleagues.

Leo Cullen, Dairine Kennedy
Leo Cullen, Dairine Kennedy

Dairine, who hails originally from Cork and works with Google in Dublin said: "We're very excited about our baby news."

The timing couldn't be better for petite Dairine who married the 6ft 5in player in Kilrush, Co Wexford, three years ago.

Leo (36), who was the first player ever to captain a team to three Heineken Cup victories, retired from an illustrious playing career last May after winning the 2014 Pro12 League.

Leo and Dairine Cullen.
Pictures Declan Masterson Photography
Leo and Dairine Cullen. Pictures Declan Masterson Photography

Despite retiring from the field of play the Wicklow-born rugby hero is now working as a forwards coach at Leinster. "Yes, it's great timing so were looking forward to it," said Dairine.

Along with her older sister Keira - the commercial and marketing manager of Leinster Rugby - Dairine launched the KDK brand of digitally printed, cashmere scarves early last year with the intention of building a brand specialising in 'luxury for everyday life.'

Both of the 'True Blue' Kennedy sisters have business degrees and Masters in marketing from Smurfit.

Leo came to national attention playing schools rugby at Blackrock College but met Dairine through his brother Owen.

The couple are good friends with Brian O'Driscoll and his wife Amy Huberman and Leo succeeded rugby legend Brian as Leinster captain.

Irish Independent

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