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Colleagues turn out in force to honour Dempsey's service to club and country

A Gala dinner to honour the achievements of Leinster and Ireland fullback Girvan Dempsey was held in The Berkeley Court (D4 Hotels) recently, with proceeds going to two of Girvan's nominated charities, Crumlin Children's Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society.

Girvan spoke to an audience of 300 Terenure College Rugby Club members and friends, including ex-Leinster and Ireland team-mates Simon Best (speaker), Terenure team-mates Niall Hogan (speaker), Eric Miller, Leo Cullen, Malcolm O'Kelly, Gordon D'Arcy, Shane Byrne and Reggie Corrigan.

The picture shows Girvan receiving a portrait from Terenure College RFC president Tim Duggan Jnr. The artist was James Hanley, a past pupil of Terenure College, who has recently also completed commissions of President Mary McAleese and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.