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Leinster stars are Lightyears ahead as boys in blue paint town red (and green)

The Leinster rugby team painted the town blue at a raucous Christmas bash at Mantra nightclub in Maynooth.

The Herald can reveal how the entire squad snubbed the usual celebrity haunts in Dublin in favour of heading out to the €2.3m Kildare club to party in style with a fancy dress bash on Sunday night.

The celebrations were perfectly timed, given their brilliant 24-8 win over French champions Clermont Auvergne in Saturday's Heineken Cup clash at the RDS arena.

And Leinster prop Cian Healy, who arranged the bash with team-mate Jamie Heaslip, lived up to his superhero reputation by donning a Buzz Lightyear costume for the occasion.



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He was one of the big stars during last weekend's clash, scoring two tries during the match -- and wasted no time in slipping behind the decks at the Maynooth club to churn out the hits for his pals.

He was joined by all the big name players, including Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Fergus McFadden, Jonathan Sexton, Leinster captain Leo Cullen and Shane Jennings.

The red carpet was rolled out by nightclub boss Darryl Kavanagh to ensure they had a night to remember. The Leinster lads also got into the festive spirit of things, by donning elaborate fancy dress costumes, with Ireland captain O'Driscoll opting to dress up as The Mask, the character played by Jim Carrey in the 1994 hit movie.

"Brian looked absolutely brilliant in a yellow suit with green face paint -- everyone was taking pictures of him.



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"Normally they all just head into one of the clubs on the southside but they wanted to go somewhere different for a change, so some of the younger lads put their heads together and came up with the idea of going out to Mantra.

"It was a brilliant night, the locals got a great surprise to see the entire squad out there and the lads had no problem at all posing with fans and signing autographs for them.

"It was a nice change from heading to the usual clubs in town and they were really well looked after in the club."

And party host Heaslip was obviously thrilled with how the night went as he wrote on his Twitter page: "Great party. Clear head, just the quote of the day. Thought it was cool."

He and Cian Healy organised special Leinster goody bags for their team-mates, with Cian writing on Twitter how he and Jamie had "some tricks up our sleeves" for the lads.

mfinn@herald.ie


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