Witnessing The Historic Ireland V Australia Match

IRFU Charitable Trust in New Zealand
Garry, Chris, Andy, Peter and Alan at Edin Park for Ireland V Australia

On the 13th of September thirty of us representing the IRFU Charitable Trust, set off from Dublin on our trip of a lifetime. What felt like a never ending journey to New Zealand, took us via London, Dubai, and Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunai. We arrived in New Zealand’s capital Auckland just in time to witness one of our country’s greatest sporting occasions in Edin Park.

Ireland line out for Ireland's CallIreland line out for Ireland’s Call in Edin PArk

The atmosphere at the game was as intense as anything I had felt since Clare last won the All Ireland in 1997. Turning the odds on their head’s, everyone at this stage knows the incredible events that took place on the pitch that night. The ferocious hits and the commitment of every man in green for the full eighty minutes was an incredibly inspirational spectacle. By the final whistle the thousands of Irish at the match were all on their feet hugging, singing and dancing. Nobody wanted to leave the ground.

Paul O'Connell Ireland v Australia Paul O’Connell celebrates at the final whistle

Eventually we made our way to the IRFU team hotel, where we were lucky enough to meet up with our heroes, before a long night of celebration.

Paul O'Connell with IRFUCT Breifne, Alan, Paul, Joanne, Andy & Maureen after the Australia match

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