Tuesday 21 November 2017

An auction, dancing and a BODelicious meal – guests had real treat

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

GUESTS at Brian O'Driscoll's testimonial event tucked into a lavish four-course meal after sampling champagne cocktails at the so-called "BODelicious Cocktail Bar".

For those who fancied beer rather than Bellinis there were bottles of Heineken on offer with BOD's image embossed on the label.

After all the drinks, guests sat down for the Kick Off, or starter, which consisted of pressed white Kilmore Quay crab with creme fraiche, served with crispy crab rolls and Asian mushrooms.

The Try – aka main course – was a protein-packed, pan-seared fillet of steak with a ox-cheek pie. Lavender-scented potatoes and glazed carrots were served on the side.

MESSAGE

The Line Out, or dessert, was a vanilla panna cotta with chocolate mousse. All the desserts came with a special QR code – when guests scanned them, a personalised message from BOD bounced on to their smartphones.

After all that, guests were served up bite-sized petits fours for 'The Conversation', which included mini muffins, macaroons and chocolate truffles.

Rugby balls formed the centrepieces and BOD logos were the placemats. The guests then made their way to the dancefloor to dance the night away.

It was a killer set as Rockabilly chick Imelda May belted out some hits while Ryan Sheridan and British songwriter Tom Odell performed later in the night.

Rugby legend Keith Wood was on hand to grill BOD with a question and answer session; while one of Ireland's most loved sports personalities, Micheal O Muircheartaigh, raised a toast to the big man himself.

A silent auction took place during the course of the evening with guests bidding from their own personal iPads on the tables. Items up for grabs included Brian's last Irish, Lions and Leinster jerseys, a training session with Brian, a set of golf clubs from Rory McIlroy, and a private box at a One Direction concert in Croke Park.

There was also a chance to go on a dinner date with Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip or Cian Healy.

Money raised from the auction and raffle will go to the two nominated charities; the ISPCC and Temple Street Children's University Hospital.

Irish Independent

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