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IT'S been a year to remember for Leinster Rugby -- and the club toasted its remarkable season in a wonderful night of glitz and glamour.

The Heineken Cup holders -- who will this weekend play in another European semi-final -- were the toast of the Mansion House for the annual Leinster Rugby Awards ball at the weekend.

Leading the way on the night were Brian O'Driscoll and his actress wife Amy Huberman.

The legendary Number 13 bagged the Evening Herald Try Of The Year award for his brilliant effort against Cardiff Blues in Leinster's Heineken Cup quarter-final game.

The award -- presented by Herald editor Stephen Rae -- marked a brilliant move that involved Johnny Sexton and Luke Fitzgerald.

The Ireland captain later took to the stage to present newly retired winger Shane Horgan (inset) with a special gift from his team-mates.

Shane, fondly known as Shaggy, gave an emotional speech thanking his family and girlfriend Emma Hodson for their support over the years.

Meanhile, Cabinteely native Amy -- who has begun filming the second season of Comedy Central's Threesome -- was later spotted catching up with pals at Lillie's Bordello until the early hours.

However, husband BOD had an early night because of training ahead of next Sunday's semi-final clash.


Amy wore a simple white dress and slicked-back ponytail for the occasion.

The WAGs were out in force and turned heads as the stylish stars of the evening.

Captain Leo Cullen arrived with his wife of nearly a year, Dairine Kennedy. She wore a fuchsia pink knee-length dress.

Jonathan Sexton's long-term girlfriend Laura Priestly donned a sexy black lace mini-dress, while top model and fiancee of Gordon D'Arcy, Aoife Cogan impressed in a black, long-sleeve, floor-length gown.

For glamour girl Hazel O'Sullivan, who is dating Fergus McFadden, the rugby outing was a big new experience. Showing off her stunning curves, the 22-year-old blonde wore a figure-hugging lace frock matched with diamond earrings.

Due to work commitments, the Assets beauty won't be jetting out to Bordeaux to cheer on her man from the sidelines.

Love's young dream Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter looked a picture of happiness as they enjoyed one of their first big nights out together in their new relationship.

Although his team- mates brought their wives and girlfriends along, full-back Rob Kearney was without partner actress Suzie Amy, who was unable to attend.

The 26-year-old hunk was named the Bank of Ireland Players' Player of the Year.

During his acceptance speech, Rob admitted that he had in fact voted for out-half pal Jonathan Sexton.

Former Footballers' Wives actress Susie Amy congratulated her beau and expressed her disappointment to be missing the lavish affair.

The 31-year-old, on being told amiable Rob had won, said: "So well deserved. That's so cool, wish I was there!"

"I'm very proud. And very sad not to be there," Susie added.


Up to 400 guests enjoyed a sumptuous beef supper washed down with Malbec Argentinian wine.

They were entertained by comedian Barry Murphy, who hosted the night in the guise of Gunther, his German banker character.

At one point he had the crowd in stitches when he asked Brian O'Driscoll: "So what is it like being Brian O'Driscoll?"

O'Driscoll responded to uproarious laughter: "Not nearly as interesting as you might think."

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