AIL LUNCH NOVEMBER 5 2016 – D.U.F.C. v. Lansdowne F.C. 12.30 for 12.45pm


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Dick is one of D.U.F.C.’s rugby legends. Born in Tralee and schooled in Cistercian College Roscrea, Dick started making his mark when he came up to Trinity. He played in 3 Colours Matches and was elected captain for the 1973-4 season. While at College he played for Munster and was selected on the bench for Ireland, subsequently winning 3 caps in the 1979 “5 Nations” Championship. In the latter, he played alongside Trinity men Phil Orr, Michael Gibson and Paul McNaughton and had the pleasure of being on the winning side against England.

His father, Dan, won 3 All Ireland medals (1933, 1939 and 1940) and Dick has the rare distinction of having lined out for Kerry in hurling and football as well as his representative rugby honours. Dick and his brother Donal are scions of D.U.F.C. and have added richly to its narrative.

He qualified as a Barrister, captained Lansdowne RFC and went on to play for London Irish.

He went on to lead the Labour party for 15 years, one of the longest serving party leaders in the history of the State. He served as Minister for the Environment, Minister for Energy and Minister for Foreign Affairs and was Tanaiste in 3 governments.

We are privileged to currently have him, a Club Member, acting as Chairman of the Oversight Board for Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.