AIL Lunch Speakers
4 MARCH 2017 – D.U.F.C. v Garryowen
EDDIE MOLLOY Snr
A native of Limerick Eddie was schooled at Rockwell College where he captained the JCT and SCT sides along with representing and captaining the Munster Schools team for two years.
Eddie attended UCC for four years where he represented the “Skull and Crossbones” along with the Combined Universities.
During his time at UCC, Eddie gained his first Munster cap against the touring Springboks in 1970 who were the last South African team to tour Ireland until the end of apartheid. He went on to represent Munster until 1979, including the match against the Wallabies in 1976. Eddie also represented the Ireland B team in 1975.
After UCC Eddie returned to Limerick where he played with Garryowen and was captain in 1976. Once his playing days were finished he went on to coach the Garryowen first XV for two years in the 1980s and became club President for the millennium year.
Forby the above, Eddie has been a great supporter of D.U.F.C. and his son Eddie was the captain of the first D.U.F.C. U20s All Ireland Cup winning team before becoming a stalwart of the club for many years. Eddie Jnr is now one of the “1854 Ambassadors” and is assisting us in looking to create the framework for a “social, career and business networked 1854 diaspora”.
25 MARCH 2017 – D.U.F.C. v St Marys
One of most influential, recognisable and charismatic rugby players of his generation – Tony Ward represented Munster, Leinster, the Barbarians, Ireland and the Lions. He played his club rugby with Garryowen, St Marys and Greystones.
He won 19 caps for Ireland, making his debut in 1978 at 23 years old when he scored 38 points over his first season – a record for a debutante.
He inspired Munster to its win over the All Blacks in 1978, scoring 2 drop goals and a conversion in the 12-0 success.
He toured with the 1980 British & Irish Lions in South Africa and in one of the tests scored 18 points – a record for any player against South Africa.
His talents as an out half were recognized beyond Ireland when he was selected 1979 European Rugby Player of the Year.
Tony was a true footballing talent as he also played football for both Shamrock Rovers and Limerick United. In his last season with Rovers in 1974/75 he scored 6 league goals. In 1981 he played for Limerick United in the UEFA Cup and in 1982 he helped them win the FAI Cup.
Since retiring as a sportsman, Ward has worked as a sports journalist, most notably with the Irish Independent, and as a rugby commentator for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). While playing rugby he had been a geography and PE teacher in St Andrews secondary school and more recently has passed on his extensive knowledge and experience to young players as an SCT coach with both St Andrews and St Gerards, Bray.
15 APRIL 2017 – D.U.F.C. v Terenure
A TCD graduate (Class of 1980), David is one of Ireland’s most successful businessmen.
He is CEO and majority shareholder of H&K International (“HKI”) which, head quartered in Ireland, makes all the bespoke kitchens for 20,000-plus McDonalds, Burger King and KFC restaurants around the world.
Having graduated from Trinity in 1980, David qualified with KPMG before leading a management buyout in 2002 – days before its biggest customer stopped spending money. He nonetheless managed to guide the business through that and has turned it into one of the world’s biggest stainless steel kitchen providers.
David has self confessedly noted “I attend every sporting event I can”. He developed his interest in rugby from his father who was very involved with Bective and so he attended all 1st XV matches when he was young and his hero growing up was the great Bill Mulcahy. He also has an interest in horse racing, enjoying ownership of some horses.
His strongest memory of Trinity is of “being an oasis in the middle of town and spending my time doing things which I enjoyed, whether playing cards, watching matches or heading to the Pavilion and controlling my own time”.
After a health scare, he set up IHDA (Irish Heart Disease Awareness). The Irish Heart Disease Awareness charity has been established to raise awareness of heart disease as a progressive, measurable and treatable disease that can be detected by a simple calcification test.
The above, coupled with his current support of Terenure and his reputation as a very interesting speaker, leave us looking forward to having David back in College as our guest speaker for this lunch.