Rugby ace brings trophy on a tour
THE COVETED Heineken Cup has been doing the rounds of Wexford this week after the Leinster rugby team earned it in glorious style last month thanks partly to the town's own Gordon D'Arcy.
On Monday the Wexford Wanderers Club themselves hosted the magnificent trophy in the grounds and Park Lane, while members of Wexford Borough Council had an opportunity to throw their arms around the magnificent cup when it visited the Council Chamber.
On Tuesday, pupils at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wexford were also 'thrilled' to see it when Noel Ferguson brought it on a visit. Children in Taghmon National School will get the chance to see the cup today ( Wednesday).
Meanwhile, Gordon D'Arcy himself appeared with the cup at Greenacres in the town over the Bank Holiday weekend, when he - and it - were special guests at the celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the art gallery there. D'Arcy thrilled young fans with words of encouragement and he happily signed jerseys and posed for photographs with legions of supporters who showed up at the event.
Gordon D'Arcy has a special affinity with the O'Connor family who own Greenacres, as James O'Connor snr was Gordon's mentor when he first took up rugby with Wexford Wanderers as a child. He had a chance to chat with James snr at a special dinner last weekend in Jacques' bistro, which was also celebrating a win at the Irish Restaurant Awards.