Schmidt proves huge hit at Dolphin
It may be the middle of the Six Nations and heading into the crunch game of the campaign, but Irish coach Joe Schmidt took time out from his busy schedule last weekend to keep a speaking engagement with Dolphin RFC.
Championship-winning coaches are no strangers around Dolphin as their own Declan Kidney coached Ireland to a Grand Slam in 2009 with Dolphin's Tomás O'Leary at scrum-half.
Joe Schmidt spoke humorously at the sell-out pre-match lunch before watching Dolphin overcome the challenge of Old Belvedere.
Schmidt praised the importance of Ulster Bank League clubs in bringing through future international players.
During half-time Schmidt did some coaching with a selection of Dolphin underage players before judging the man-of-the-match award which was presented to the in-form Dolphin out-half Rory Scannell.
Dolphin skipper John Fitzgerald was presented with the McCarthy O'Reilly Cup, a trophy presented to honour two living legends of the game, Jim McCarthy and Tony O'Reilly, both of whom played with both Dolphin and Old Belvedere.
A spokesperson for Dolphin RFC thanked the Irish coach for giving his time to the club and for interacting with supporters of all ages during the day.
"It was a huge success and we are so grateful to Joe for what was a great day for the club," said the spokesperson.
"We appreciate it is such an important time of the season for him and that's why everyone was so thrilled he would take the time out to visit the club."