We were delighted to present Irish rugby hero, Shane Horgan, with the Outstanding Contribution to Irish Rugby Award at our ninth annual Six Nations Rugby Lunch on Friday, 9 March.
Hosted by Alan Quinlan in Dublin’s iconic Shelbourne Hotel, the Rugby Lunch made a lasting impact in the communities we work by raising vital funds for our work on the ground in Haiti.
Widely celebrated as one of the greatest wingers in Irish rugby history, Meath native Shane Horgan’s rugby career kicked off with local clubs in Drogheda, Delvin and Drogheda. In 1998, he joined Leinster Rugby, helping them to secure two Heineken Cups and two Celtic League titles over thirteen years. He remains the club’s all-time record try-scorer, as well as standing as the sixth highest try scorer in Heineken Cup history. Capped for Ireland 65 times, Shane made his international debut in the 2000 Six Nations championship, later forming an integral part of two World Cup teams and three Triple Crown winning sides; he was also selected for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
Many of my fondest memories and experiences come from my rugby career. It was a privilege to represent both Leinster and Ireland for so many years, and I’d like to thank the great team-mates and coaches I had the honour to play with and learn from. I’d also like to thank Haven for the award and all those coming together at the Rugby Lunch to support the people of Haiti. I hope that this event will contribute in some way towards the great work that is being done by Haven to help people in Haiti to break free from poverty.
As well as the presentation of the award to Shane, a highlight of the afternoon came with the panel discussion, which saw Alan and Shane joined by Matt Williams and George Hook to talk all things Six Nations on the eve of Ireland’s victory over Scotland to claim this year’s trophy.
Our Founder and Chairman, Leslie Buckley, said: “Shane excelled at the very highest level of club and international rugby, and created some of the most memorable moments in a golden era of Irish rugby. Over the past nine years, the Irish rugby community has built a special connection with the people of Haiti through this annual event, and we are delighted to celebrate this once again”.