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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Rugby icon honoured with 25ft pub mural

Lynne Kelleher

RUGBY icon John Hayes was a towering presence in the Irish team, and now a 25ft likeness of the famous farmer has been painted on to the side of a pub.

Visitors to the town of Bruff in Co Limerick will see the larger-than-life homage to the player nicknamed The Bull on the side of Clancy's bar.

The mural of the tight-head, who earned more than a 100 caps, is portrayed alongside another famous sporting legend, the racehorse Istabraq.

Publican Jack Clancy said he was delighted to honour the 38-year-old star who started his career with Bruff Rugby Club.

"Istabraq and The Bull Hayes are two great sporting icons. You couldn't get bigger," he said.

Mural artist Neil O'Dwyer, said: "It's a painting of him standing for the national anthem or Ireland's Call.

"A banner above it says 'Go Bull Tis your Field' which was often carried by Munster supporters. It's from the John B Keane play 'The Field'."

Irish Independent

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