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Monday 18 February 2019

Council to host civic reception

Robert Kearney (2nd right) holds aloft the RBS Six Nations trophy at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, as he celebrates Ireland's historic Grand Slam win with Stephen Ferris (left), try scorer Tommy Bowe and Jamie Heaslip.
Robert Kearney (2nd right) holds aloft the RBS Six Nations trophy at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, as he celebrates Ireland's historic Grand Slam win with Stephen Ferris (left), try scorer Tommy Bowe and Jamie Heaslip.

Louth County Council is to host a civic reception for Robert Kearney in recognition of his role in Ireland's historic Grand Slam victory. The proposal came from Cllr Terry Brennan who said at the council's monthly meeting on Monday that 'history was made for the country, the county and the peninsula on Saturday last when we won the Grand Slam'.

He proposed that they hold a civic reception in honour of the Cooley and Louth man who played a significant part in Ireland's achievement.

Robert Kearney was, he continued, 'an exemplary young man and an inspiration to many a young footballer'.

'Cooley's loss was certainly Ireland's gain,' he quipped.

Cllr Peter Savage described Robert Kearney as 'a fine young man' and hoped that he would be picked for the Lions tour.

He recalled that he had been an excellent GAA footballer for Louth and his only wish was that Kearney's rugby contract would allow him play the odd game for Cooley.

Cllr Jim Ryan described Ireland's victory as 'a tremendous achievement' and he recalled Robert Kearney playing in a Louth minor final just a few years ago.

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