RUGBY star Tommy Bowe has spoken emotionally of the death of his beloved gran, Breda Bowe, who died last week aged in her 90s. Breda was a familiar sight at matches with her blanket over her knees and a hot toddy in a flask.
“She was a huge supporter, so it’s tough,” said Tommy.
And he said last weekend’s victory over France had been “nice to get” for his family, and especially for his dad.
“It’s not just you on the pitch,” he said.
He added that it had been “an emotional week or two” for his father, aunt and uncle.
And he recalled how his gran had managed to travel to Scotland for his first cap for Ireland.
Breda’s body was donated to the UCD Medical School at her request.
Meanwhile, plans for Tommy’s wedding to former Miss Wales Lucy Whitehouse are steaming ahead, though he would not reveal either the date or the venue.
“We’ve picked a date and maybe the venue is sorted. I’d like to think it is,” he said.
He is also busy with his clothing line, currently concentrating on the autumn/winter range.
Tommy was speaking at the Aviva Stadium where he unveiled Cadbury’s new official partnership with the IRFU.
Boost – formerly known as the Moro bar – is now “the official chocolate bar of the IRFU”.
Cadbury Boost is also now the official sponsor of Touch Rugby as the IRFU looks to develop the sport nationwide.
The fast-paced, limited- contact version of rugby is very popular in Australia where it is played by men and women of all ages.
Padraig Power, the IRFU’s commercial and marketing director, said they will roll out the sport during the year, starting on campuses, with competitions and beach events.