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Carroll and Ward September stars

Leinster Rugby are delighted to announce that Graham Carroll (St Brigid's Mini Rugby) and Sharon Ward (Tullow RFC) have been named the Evening Herald volunteers of the month for September.

Graham, from St Brigid's Mini Rugby Club, has been a member of the club for nearly seven years.

Stephen Gore, Leinster Rugby CRO Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, said: "Graham's dedication to St Brigid's has been evident since becoming a member, from holding positions such as mini co-ordinator, treasurer, coach and managing the daily maintenance of the club.

"He is always obliging and is extremely respected by all members due to the interest and time he has put in to develop the club.

"As his son is now playing U13s rugby he has moved to a different club. Graham will now be leaving St Brigid's, which will leave a huge void in the administration of the club and the nomination for this award would be a small way in honouring his time with St Brigid's."

Meanwhile, the second winner is Sharon Ward from Tullow RFC who has been nominated by Leinster Rugby CCRO Vinnie Mahon.

Vinnie had the following to say about Sharon: "Our club would not function without Sharon. She is the lynchpin that holds everything together. She's not afraid to muck in from U8 to senior levels, from the kitchen to first-aid, and from marketing to maintaining sanity!"

Congratulations to both winners from the Evening Herald Volunteer of the Month Award for September. The winners will receive a voucher for the Leinster Rugby store and tickets to an upcoming Leinster match.

Heineken Cup draws interest in IADT

This week the Heineken Cup made a visit to IADT in Dun Laoghaire. Both staff and students were delighted to have the opportunity to see the cup up close, and to get some pictures with the silverware.

The cup made a special visit to Dr Olivia Hurley's Certificate in Sport Psychology class. Students studying on this HETAC Approved, Level 8, Special Purpose Award programme include Leinster Academy player Andrew Boyle and recently retired Leinster player Ian McKinley.

The Certificate in Sport Psychology has been very popular as a part-time, night programme since its introduction in IADT in 2009.