President thanks Rugby World Cup volunteers
Volunteers helping to make the Women's Rugby World Cup a great success deserve the gratitude of the nation, said President Michael D Higgins last night.
Mr Higgins and Sports Minister Shane Ross addressed volunteers at a reception at Farmleigh mansion in Dublin.
Mr Higgins said he was delighted to have the opportunity to convey his thanks to the volunteers who have been making the 12 nations finals in Dublin and Belfast a huge all-island success.
He paid tribute to the "effort and tenacity" given by so many.
People had joined together to make the event "wonderful".
"You are giving your most precious resource - your time," he told the gathering.
Mr Ross said a lot of the work done behind the scenes is not always properly appreciated.
Former Irish Women's Rugby team captain Fiona Coughlan thanked the president.
Some 160 people have been volunteering, and a further 90 assisting the trophy tour around Ireland.