Connacht captain John Muldoon's girlfriend Lorna flying 3,000 miles to cheer him on at Edinburgh
Published 27/05/2016 | 14:36
It might mean an overnight flight for 3,000 miles - but John Muldoon's girlfriend Lorna wouldn't miss Saturday's Pro12 final for the world.
Lorna Byrne (28) from Salthill, Galway, has been dating the Connacht captain for four years and will be making the trip from New York to cheer on her beau in Edinburgh.
Byrne, a sales and marketing executive for a Galway hotel group, has spent the last number of weeks studying at the ivy league Cornell University and will be cheering on her other half as Connacht take on Leinster in the historic league final at Murrayfield Stadium.
And she said she's thrilled with the increasingly electric atmosphere around her native Galway as Connacht continue to dominate the pitch.
"The atmosphere and build up has been amazing this year, the whole town and province has had such a lift in spirit," she told Independent.ie
"It is unlike anything any of the fans or team has ever experienced before. The feel-good factor in the city and surrounding counties as a result of their performances this year has been really incredible. This has really inspired everyone in the region, including myself, to wholeheartedly support John and the team.
"It finally feels like the hard work and dedication is paying off and it's now finally time for Connacht Rugby to enjoy the spotlight. I'm really thrilled for the lads and John especially."
As for any pre-game rituals, Byrne says she keeps prep low-key and "I just enjoy the matches with family and friends."
Regardless of the outcome, the celebrations will continue among the squad over the coming weeks veteran prop Ronan Loughney and former player Conor O'Loughlin are both due to wed their other halves in Galway next month.
Meanwhile, the Leinster players wives and girlfriends begun their trek to Scotland today and will continue until tomorrow morning, including Rob Kearney's model girlfriend Jess Redden, Jack McGrath's long-term girlfriend Sinead Corcoran, a radiographer and Cian Healy's advertising executive other half Laura Smith.