Irish Agriculture celebrated Irish International Rugby at an event held in the Mansion House, organised by the Irish Farmers Journal, last week. Among the stars who were honoured on the night were John Hayes, currently farming in Co.Limerick, Gordon Wood - father of Keith Wood, Simon and Rory Best, Willie John McBride, Ronan Kearney, Willie Duggan, Mick Molloy, and Moss Keane was honoured posthumously. Over 400 guests attended this event with all proceeds being donated to Barretstown children’s charity. Barretstown is a Kildare-based camp uniquely designed for children who have been affected by a serious illness, primarily cancer, and their families.
Each of the esteemed rugby players was presented with a lifetime achievement award and enjoyed a montage of their greatest rugby moments, before mingling with guests in attendance on the evening.
Guests enjoyed a four course meal followed by classic entertainment at this black-tie event. An auction also took place on the night of rugby memorabilia, hot air balloon ride amongst other highly coveted items.
In Ireland, every week three children are diagnosed with cancer. Due to the ever improving treatment process childhood cancer survival rates will have increased to 90% by the end of this decade. Barretstown is a Kildare-based camp uniquely designed for children who have been affected by a serious illness, primarily cancer, and their families. Barretstown, which is 96% voluntary funded, works to assist in the cancer recovery process through activity based therapy.