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All blacks visited our club and Ramelton 13 years ago

By Letterkenny Rugby

In the week before Ireland face the mighty All Blacks, we recall the amazing All Black visit to Donegal in 2005

'Please click here to watch the story and highlights from the All Black visit.'
Almost exactly 13 years ago to the day the All Blacks traveled to Donegal to visit the birth place of Dave Gallagher the legendary All Black Captain from 1905. The New Zealand team's exploits and Gallaher's own leadership qualities have gone down in history as the 'Originals' swept all before them in the first historic All Black tour.
One hundred years later, All Black captain Tana Umaga and several other high profile All Blacks including the late Jerry Collins, visited our club to name the pitch Dave Gallaher Park, and then on to visit Ramelton and visit the house where Dave Gallagher was born.

The visit was a fantastic spring board to stimulate rugby in Letterkenny and Donegal. Our club has grown in numbers and with hugely improved facilities, we are still benefitting from the increased profile of rugby in our county and throughout Ireland.
Many of our mini players of this era have gone on to play for Ulster youth teams and more recently Joe Dunleavy and Connor McMenamin have represented Ireland at U20 and U18 levels. Joe has recently made his senior Ulster debut and is in his second year in the Ulster rugby academy as the first professional player to come from our club.

For a taste of this historic day when the biggest rugby team in the world came to one of the smallest rugby clubs in the world please see this Youtube film - it tells the story.
Film of All Blacks visiting Letterkenny and Ramelton.

Updated 22:55 - 20 Jan 2019 by Letterkenny Rugby

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