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Sunday 21 October 2018

Capital's famed rugby academy salutes 32 heroes from its illustrious history

Frank Khan DUBLIN'S famous rugby school, Belvedere College, last night paid tribute to 32 of its great players of the past who wore both its famous black and white hoops and the green of Ireland.

Many are still household names but the great achievements of others might have dimmed with the passing years.

But all are recalled in 'Belvedere's Rugby Heroes' - a stirring new book produced by the north city college and illustrated with over 200 photographs.

Alongside it, their alma mater has also brought out a DVD showing these sporting heroes in action on the field of play.

Among those featured are such giants of the game as Eugene Davy and Karl Mullen, the captain of the 1948 and 1949 Triple Crown-winning teams and later Lions captain. Sir Anthony O'Reilly and Ollie Campbell also make an appearance.

Last night as he launched the book before 400 staff, pupils, past pupils and their families. Sir Anthony described the book as "extraordinary".

He found it "thoroughly enlightening and surprising", and much more than "a ramble down memory lane".

"It is about 125 years of a great school in a great city in which kids were given great opportunities," Sir Anthony added.

In his forward to the book he concludes: "Playing the game in a sportsman-like fashion and retaining your friends long after the final whistle has sounded are the hallmarks of a player who has learned his game at our great school."

Also featured are pieces on other great Belvederians including Kevin Barry who played rugby at junior and senior level and Tom Crean, winner of the Victoria Cross for valour.

The book which was compiled and edited by Belvedere teacher Oliver Murphy is published by The Belevdere Museum and retails at ?24.99 in the shops.

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