16th March, 2012

Rugby Lunch at the Grange St Pauls

We are delighted to report that the IFGB's Rugby Lunch 2012 raised over £120,000, for
elderly and vulnerable Irish people living in the UK.  Thanks to the
generosity of our supporters and the hard work done of the Rugby Lunch
committee in particular the Chairman of the Committee Rory Godson

The event was held at the Grange Hotel, overlooking the spectacular St Paul's cathedral and the day started with a Laurent Perrier sponsored
Champagne and Guinness reception accompanied by traditional Irish music
from Pat Kirk and his band.  This was followed by a delicious four
course lunch in the Ballroom, where guests were welcomed by IFGB
Executive Director, Sheila Bailey, Sheila used her speech to pay tribute
to IFGB Patron Peter Sutherland KCMG and world wide Ireland Fund Chairman Sir Tony O'Reilly.

The after dinner speakers were ex Irish international Keith Wood and ex England international Lawrence Dallaligo,
who gave entertaining accounts of their time as players and also
praised the work of the Ireland Fund.  The live auction was perfectly
conducted by another former Irish international player – Fergus Slattery,
the lots included – 2 tickets to the Ireland England match – taking
place on St Patrick's Day, lunch for three with celebrated Irish
designer – Paul Costello, golf package at the K Club and a VIP trip to
the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster with legendary tipster Tom Segal.