Letterkenny RFC were privileged to receive Shaun Fogarty, NZ defence attache to France and Belgium, as their guest, prior to the All Black match in Dublin. Accompanied by New Zealand rugby enthusiast Brian McCutcheon from Dunedin, the All Black fans were treated to an evening reception in Letterkenny Rugby Club with music from award winning local musician Tracey McRory from Inishowen.
Shaun Fogarty contacted Letterkenny RFC last year to invite club members Jeremy Worth and Robert Love to Belgium and the grave of Ramelton born Dave Gallaher as part of a NZ commemoration of the WW1. During the return visit, Shaun and Brian stayed in Dave Gallaher's original home in Ramelton, which is now a local run B and B, and toured North Donegal including Fanad lighthouse. At the rugby club reception, Tracey McRory played pieces on the harp and the violin, one dedicated to the sad tale of Bernard McGeehin from Raphoe, other was a moving piece as a tribute to Dave Gallaher.
Brian McCutcheon presented Letterkenny RFC with an official signed All Black Jersey from the recent tour. This has particular significance as it is signed by the whole New Zealand Rugby squad who were famously beaten by Ireland in the superb Irish victory over the All Blacks in Chicago. Shaun presented a NZ traditional military ‘lemon squeezer’ hat to the club to mark the occasion. Jeremy Worth responded by presenting the visitors with a plaque of the club crest. Despite losing to the All Blacks in the return fixture in Dublin, Ireland finished off 2016 with another impressive win over Australia, meaning that during this year they have taken all the big Southern Hemisphere scalps.