Taoiseach in Henshaw country as Buccs roll out the red carpet
Following the official opening of the new Mullingar to Athlone cycleway by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, he joined local TD Gabrielle McFadden in heading to The Bounty at Dubarry Park, Athlone, to watch Ireland's Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina.
There, An Taoiseach was part of a bumper crowd that provided an electric atmosphere for the duration of a gripping encounter. After the game he took time to talk to many there, including Billy and Bridie Henshaw, grandparents of Ireland centre Robbie, whose home club Buccaneers play at Dubarry Park.
Buccaneers president Joe Browne presented Mr Kenny with a club tie while another club stalwart Pat Hynes presented him with a Buccs jacket, which he said he would proudly wear next month during a fundraising cycle along the new cycleway in aid of Motor Neurone Research.
Buccaneers RFC thanked both Mr Kenny and Ms McFadden for supporting the club to whom a Sports Capital Programme grant of €50,000 was recently announced.