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Mayor insists she did not host party for rugby team

DUBLIN'S Lord Mayor has denied she went ahead with a Mansion House party for the Irish rugby team, even though the players failed to attend.

A newspaper report stated Mayor Emer Costello "had quite a party in the Oak Room" of the city's premier address after Ireland's 23-20 defeat to Scotland.

The article added that the shindig had been arranged to celebrate what was expected to be Ireland's victory over the Scots, which would have secured the Triple Crown.

Unfortunately, the game at Croke Park did not go according to plan and Ireland lost.

The article said the players had all been invited but they did not attend.

However, Ms Costello told the Herald the event in the Mansion House on Saturday night was a private get-together for 20 friends. She said she was at the match on Saturday evening and had "a few friends in for some drinks afterwards".

The rugby team was not invited as it was not an official event.

She denied people were dancing on the tables, as was reported.

"There was no party, no music, no dancing. It was a quiet few drinks with a few friends. I live there [at the Mansion House] and I'm entitled to bring friends back for a drink," the Lord Mayor insisted.

She added: "They [those in attendance] were friends of mine who had been watching the match. That is my home, where I live.

"It was a very small event. No rugby players had been invited."