AIL LUNCH 24 SEPTEMBER D.U.F.C. v UCD RFC
GUEST SPEAKER: HUGO MacNEILL
Hugo won the Leinster Schools Cup with Blackrock College. After spending a year in UCD he came up to Trinity to study for a B.A. Economic and Social Studies. His drive for personal improvement was further exemplified by his taking full advantage of what Trinity has to offer by spending a year in College studying Anglo Irish Literature under the tutelage of Brendan Kennelly and David Norris.
He won 4 colours and captained D.U.F.C. in1980/81, also captaining the Club’s 1981 tour to Japan. He then went on to Oxford to study economics, where he also became one of the select few to earn a Trinity pink and an Oxford Blue.
He was selected at full back for Ireland while at Trinity and went on to be capped 37 times between 1981 and 1987. An ever present icon of a successful era in which Ireland won the Five Nations Championship in 2 of the 6 years – 1982 and 1985. He scored 10 tries, the most famous being probably the opener in Twickenham in '82, though that was eclipsed in fame terms by Ginger McLoughlin lugging almost every other player on the pitch over the line in the second half.
In 1983 he toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions, playing in 3 of the 4 tests. He played in the first Rugby World Cup in 1987.
These days he runs Goldman Sachs investment banking business in Ireland and is Chairman of the Irish chapter of the Ireland funds – the Tony O'Reilly and Dan Rooney founded fundraising network for the Irish diaspora. He is a member of Dick Spring’s Board charged with bringing the 2023 Rugby World Cup to Ireland – the club being honoured with 2 members on this Committee.
He is involved in several more charitable and public service bodies. He is chairman of GOAL UK, a council member of the British Irish Association and is a member of the European Alumni Advisory Board for the Boston Consulting Group. He is also a director of various GSAM funds, which are listed in Ireland. Hugo has recently also got great satisfaction working with the National Institute of Intellectual Disability (NIID) in Trinity which is one of the great stories of modern Ireland in the way it has transformed the lives of its students and their families.