Sunday 4 December 2016

Loved-up Irish rugby stars gear up for couples retreat to Barbados courtesy of JP McManus

Sean O'Grady

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Irish rugby player Ian Madigan and girlfriend Anna Kirwan are spotted on the beach in Barbados. Picture: Chris Brandis-Islandpaps/Splash
Irish rugby player Ian Madigan and girlfriend Anna Kirwan are spotted on the beach in Barbados. Picture: Chris Brandis-Islandpaps/Splash
Ian Madigan and girlfriend Anna Kirwan in Barbados
Rob Kearney and girlfriend Jess Redden
Anna Kirwan and Ian Madigan at the Leinster Ball. Picture: Sportsfile
(L to R) Rob Kearney and Jess Redden; Cian Healy and Laura Smith and Luke Fitzgerald with Sadbh McMahon
Cian Healy and Laura Smith
Leinster's Rob Kearney and Jess Redden
Rob Kearney and girlfriend Jess Redden. Photo: Press 22

Billionaire JP McManus has given the Irish rugby team a free 10-day stay at the five-star Sandy Lane resort in Barbados.

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The businessman co-owns the luxurious hotel alongside Dermot Desmond and John Magnier.

It is shaping up to be a couples' retreat this summer, as several of Ireland's top players are planning on bringing their other halves to the plush Caribbean resort.

Rob Kearney and girlfriend Jess Redden are believed to be heading over in July with a number of other players. The loved-up couple, who have been dating for two years, are expected to be joined by Cian Healy and girlfriend Laura Smith, who reunited last year after a three-year split. The pair had called it quits in 2012 when Laura moved to New York to pursue a career in advertising.

Ian Madigan and girlfriend Anna Kirwan in Barbados
Ian Madigan and girlfriend Anna Kirwan in Barbados

Another couple expected to make the trip to the exclusive hotel are Sean O'Brien and his girlfriend Georgia McGurk.

Read more: Ian Madigan hits the beach in Barbados on romantic holiday with girlfriend Anna Kirwan

The Carlow native and Miriam O'Callaghan's daughter have been dating for more than six months and made their debut on the Dublin social scene at the annual Leinster Ball earlier this month.

However, some players have already jetted out for a spot of rest and relaxation in the sun. Leinster player Ian Madigan and his girlfriend Anna Kirwan made the trip to Sandy Lane in April ahead of his move to France at the end of the season.

Leinster's Rob Kearney and Jess Redden
Leinster's Rob Kearney and Jess Redden

Luke Fitzgerald made the most of his downtime and stayed at the resort in March with girlfriend Sadbh McMahon while resting his knee ligament injury.

Ulster star Chris Henry took fiancée Jade Hamilton to the resort in the same month.

(L to R) Rob Kearney and Jess Redden; Cian Healy and Laura Smith and Luke Fitzgerald with Sadbh McMahon
(L to R) Rob Kearney and Jess Redden; Cian Healy and Laura Smith and Luke Fitzgerald with Sadbh McMahon

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