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Rugby hunk Alan keeps silence on shock split for lads' day out

MUNSTER rugby star Alan Quinlan has refused to break his silence on the reasons behind his marriage break-up to top model Ruth Griffin.

The dad-of-one enjoyed one of his first public appearances since news of the shock split broke last month when he stepped out to the opening meeting of this year's Galway Racing festival, alongside fellow Irish rugby players Ronan O'Gara and Tommy Bowe.

The Tipperary native was in flying form as he celebrated his county's victory against Galway in the All Ireland hurling quarter finals at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.

Quinlan, who later attended a party hosted by Galway's Hotel Association in the Hurdle Suite, was determined that he would not be bringing his mood down by speaking about his relationship with his estranged wife.



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"There's nothing I can say on it. That's completely personal. I won't be speaking about it," he told the Diary.

The couple, who married in Tipperary in June 2008, have an 18-month-old son, AJ.

The talented sportsman went on to explain how his day at the gee-gees was a one-off for him and pal Ronan, given that they are due back on the pitch today for pre-season training.

"We'd a half day so we thought we might come up to Galway for the first day of the festival," he explained. "I'm not a huge gambler, but I enjoy putting on the odd bet. There weren't any winners as I was busy following Ronan about the place. He's been mobbed by people so we didn't really have a chance.

"He has a horse running on Wednesday, hopefully if it gets through, so I'll have to put a few bob on that," he added.

O'Gara is hoping he will strike it lucky when his James Nash-trained horse, Your Busy, runs in Wednesday's third race, The Tote Jackpot Races 3 to 6 Handicap Hurdle.

The proud dad, who had his third child with wife Jessica in June, says he has been enjoying quality time with his family.

Tommy meanwhile explained how his festival got off to a good start when his chosen horse, the Dermot Weld-trained Force of Habit, romped to victory in the first race after jockey Barry Geraghty took a tumble on his horse Cabernet Sauvignon.

"I had the first winner so it's a good start for my first time here," the Monaghan star said.

Tommy (26) is set to travel home to spend some time with his family tomorrow, before he returns to Wales to train with the Ospreys next week.



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Galway hurlers Donal Barry and Ger Farragher were also spotted having a flutter as the first day of the seven day festival kicked off in style.

Figures for the opening day were up 600 from last year, with 17,962 racing fans flocking through the turnstiles.

However, the Tote recorded €702,802 versus last year's figure of €758,633, while bookies pulled in €1,678,949 versus last year's €1,748,693.


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