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  • Tuesday 17 September, 2019 Back to All Events

    Pre-World Cup Guest Speaker Luncheon with former Ireland out-half Mr Tony Ward

    Format

    Members and guests sit down for lunch at 1.00 p.m. followed by an interview with Tony Ward by Past President Jim Neilly.

    £27.50 per person

    ‘by ticket only’

    A ballot will be run
    with the funds raised donated to Tony Ward’s nominated charity.

    Menu

    • Celeriac & Apple Soup served with freshly baked Bread
    • Glazed Bacon Loin with Rosemary Gravy Selection of Market Vegetables & Potatoes
    • Freshly ground & brewed Coffee

    Further Information

    Tony Ward was a member of the Irish squad that played in the inaugural World Cup in New Zealand and Australia in 1987, starting the games against Canada and Tonga. He retired from international rugby after the tournament, bringing the curtain down on a distinguished career.

    He made his international debut against Scotland in 1978, steering Ireland to victory, and, in his first season of Five Nations rugby, he scored 38 points, a record for a player in his first season. He played a major role in Munster’s historic win over the New Zealand All Blacks in November 1978, landing two drop goals and a conversion in Munster’s 12-0 victory.

    His performances in the 1979 Five Nations Championship earned him the first European Player of the Year Award, making his omission from the Ireland team in Australia that summer all the more surprising. A British Lions tourist to South Africa in 1980, he played in the third test, his 18 points setting a record for a Lions player in a test and for an individual in a test against the Springboks.

    A talented soccer player who appeared for Shamrock Rovers and Limerick United, he has been combining coaching, at St Andrew’s and most recently, St Gerard’s Bray, with journalism and broadcasting, working with BBC Radio Ulster and Five Live for the past two Six Nations Championships.