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Saturday 20 January 2018

Ex-tycoon Dunne on the edge of his seat as he cheers on Ireland

Sean Dunne watches on as Ireland beat US Eagles 15-12 in Houston Texas
Sean Dunne watches on as Ireland beat US Eagles 15-12 in Houston Texas
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

BUST former property developer Sean Dunne found time away from his legal wrangling to take in Ireland's rugby test against the US Eagles in Texas.

Mr Dunne – the so-called 'Baron of Ballsbridge' – was spent yesterday more than 2,000km away from his usual well-to-do haunt of Greenwich, Connecticut, on the US east coast.

The former developer – who faces debts of $942m (€718m) – was spotted in the crowd as the US Eagles rugby team lost a closely fought battle against Ireland in Houston, Texas.

Mr Dunne learned last week that he had lost his own battle to confine his bankruptcy to the US.

Following a judge's ruling, proceedings for bankruptcy will continue in both the US and in Ireland, where it can take up to 12 years to be discharged.

The rugby match proved edge-of-the-seat viewing for Mr Dunne as he leaned forward, chin in hand. Dressed in an open-necked blue shirt, he was spotted in the crowd keenly watching the on-pitch tussle.

The Irish won 15-12 in front of new coach Joe Schmidt and the 20,181 people in the BBVA Compass Stadium.

It was a record crowd for a US home game.

Irish Independent

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