The Ireland Funds Annual Rugby Lunch – 1st April 2022
Over 300 guests attended The Ireland Funds annual Rugby Lunch in Dublin’s The Round Room at The Mansion House on Friday 1st April honouring Irish Rugby heroes, Rob Kearney and Peter Stringer. In its 13th year, The Ireland Funds Rugby Lunch is an annual event that honours the careers of outstanding Irish rugby players, both on and off the pitch.
RTE’s Michael Corcoran opened proceedings by welcoming guests and introduced The Ireland Funds Chairman, Alan Foy, who highlighted the global network of The Ireland Funds and thanked The Ireland Funds’ Corporate Partners: Blueface, Ardagh Group, Eversheds Sutherland, AIB and KPMG, whose continued support is greatly appreciated. Alan then introduced The Ireland Funds CEO & President, Caitriona Fottrell, who thanked donors for their generous support and spoke about the impact of funding on deserving causes across the island of Ireland. She then introduced a short video that highlighted how The Ireland Funds is there for a diverse range of non-profit organisations during these challenging times.
Former honouree, Ollie Campbell presented Rob Kearney and Peter Stringer with their awards. Following this, Michael Corcoran conducted a lively Q&A with both honourees who have represented their respective provinces a total of 451 times and have an impressive 107 international caps for Ireland. Both have been part of winning teams on the international rugby stage including Six Nation Grand Slam successes, European champions and Rugby World Cup appearances.
The Ireland Funds Board of Directors was represented by Alan Foy, Jim Barry, Emer Gilvarry, Colin Hunt, Caroline Kennedy, Gary McGann, Brendan McDonagh, Angela Moore, and Gerard Ryan.
Special thanks to all our lunch Partners: William Fry, Angela Moore, AIB, Flutter and guests for their wonderful support.
Photography: Mark Stedman and Sean Curtis