A packed Kirwan Park played host to De La Salle Palmerston's 12th annual Kieran Burke Festival of Rugby recently.
Over the last dozen years, more than 10,000 children have taken part in this unique event - making it one of the largest festivals of its kind for any sport that caters for this age group across the country.
Over 840 boys and girls aged under seven years of age (70 different squads) from 29 different clubs throughout Leinster took part, with close to 2,000 parents and spectators cheering them on proudly as they played on the 16-acre site, most of whom were excitedly taking place in their first ever festival of rugby.
And what excitement they had in store as they made new friends from other clubs from all over Leinster and also got to meet Leinster players Isaac Boss and Aaron Dundon, who excelled as ambassadors for Leinster at the event by signing autographs and posing for photos with the future stars of Leinster and, hopefully, Irish rugby!
Aaron reminded us that he had played a match for DLSP back in the day. We are happy to have given you the experience Aaron and if you ever want to come back you will be warmly welcomed.
Another proud link to the tournament was that Kieran Burke's mum Kate and dad Karl, who is a past president of De La Salle Palmerston, proudly oversaw the whole event and took great pride in presenting the Kieran Burke trophy to DLSP, who deservedly won the tournament for the first time.
An event of this magnitude takes a considerable amount of organising and DLSP FC would like to thank all the volunteers, members and Leinster Rugby who have been instrumental to the success of the event year on year, you know who you are. Thank you.