Wednesday 11 December 2019

Kearney on hand to get 'Salmo' trip off to a cracker

Last weekend, the 'Salmo' U-11s and U-12s departed on their annual tour to the London Irish Festival of Rugby, held at the famous Sunbury grounds in London.

This was the 29th year that De La Salle Palmerston have been represented at this prestigious festival.

Interestingly on that maiden trip, the inaugural squad of over 100 children included a young 12-year-old called Malcolm O'Kelly (who was later to go on to represent Leinster, Ireland and the Lions with great distinction).

Since that trip in 1985 more than 2,500 children have proudly represented 'Salmo' at Sunbury, amongst them, other than O'Kelly, who went on to play senior inter-provincial rugby include Luke Fitzgerald, Eoghan Hickey, Damian McCabe and Steve Crosbie.

So imagine the excitement at Kirwan Park when, prior to departing on this year's tour, to their surprise the room of over 100 children saw Six Nations winner and Leinster star Rob Kearney enter the room and proceed to take part in a questions and answers session.

Before personally presenting each child with their tour kit.

He also took time out to meet each child, sign their jersey and pose for individual photos with them, excelling on the night as a true ambassador for Leinster and Irish Rugby.

Thanks again Rob for making these kids night and their tour!

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