Sporting Legends Night

Thursday, February 14, 2019


An Evening with Irish Sporting Legends in aid of Epilepsy Ireland Charity at the Wanderers Clubhouse beside the Aviva Stadium on the night of Thursday 14th February 2019 at 7.45

Our stellar line up of Irish sporting legends is as follows:

Rugby – Tony Ward

Tony won 19 caps for Ireland between 1978 and 1987. He also inspired Munster to a legendary win over New Zealand, played for the British and Irish Lions during the 1980 South Africa tour where he set a Lions Test record by scoring 18 points and was the first ever recipient of a European Rugby Player Of The Year award for his performances in the 1979 Five Nations Championship.

Allied to his rugby skills was great talent with the round ball and he played League of Ireland soccer with both Shamrock Rovers and Limerick UnitedHe played for Limerick United in the 1981-82 UEFA Cup and in 1982 he helped them win the FAI Cup.

Racing – Ted Walsh

Ted is one of the most famous personalities in Irish racing as well as sire of leading national hunt jockey Ruby Walsh and recently retired leading amateur Katie Walsh.

Himself a brilliant amateur for many years (he won the Irish Amateur title 11 times) with 4 Cheltenham Festival wins – his record as a trainer is also top class. His biggest training feat to date was training Papillon to win the 2000 English Grand National and Commanche Court to win the Irish Grand National. He trained Jack High to win the Betfred Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread) at Sandown in 2005 and in the 2012 English Grand National he trained third placed Seabass who was ridden by Katie

Gaelic Football – Mick Spillane

The GAA is built on tradition, and there is nothing more traditional in Gaelic Games than great family dynasties. Pat , Mick, and Tom Spillane hold the honour of the most All-Ireland Senior Football titles won by a set of brothers – 19 in total. Pat won eight, Mick won seven, and youngest sibling Tom won four. Mick played his club football with Templenoe and was corner back on that famous Kerry team of the 1970’s and 80s. In addition to his All Ireland medals he is also an All Star.

Hurling – Brian Whelahan

Brian made his senior debut for Offaly in 1989 and went on to play a key role for them during a hugely successful era for the team. He won two All-Ireland medals, four Leinster medals and one National Hurling Leaguemedal.At club level he won a record four All-Ireland medals with Birr, while he also claimed seven Leinster medals and twelve championship medals.

Brian is widely regarded as one of the greatest hurlers in the history of the game. During his playing days he won four All-Star awards, as well as being the first person to be named Texaco Hurler of the Year on two occasions. He has been repeatedly voted onto teams made up of the sport's greats, including at left wing-back on the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000.

Golf – Des Smyth

Des was a member of the European Tour for over a quarter of a century where he won eight tournaments on the tour across four different decades. He represented Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1979 and 1981 and also represented Ireland in the World Cup and the Alfred Dunhill Cup many times. In addition , he was a member of the Irish team which won the latter in 1988. At the 2006 Ryder Cup, he was one of Ian Woosnam's vice-captains. Since turning fifty in 2003, Smyth has had a successful career in senior golf, winning tournaments on both the Champions Tour and the European Senior Tour.He is the only golfer to win European Tour events in 4 different decades.

Soccer – Kevin Kilbane

Kevin is a former professional footballer who played as both a left back and a left winger. Born and raised in England but of Irish parentage, Kevin won 110 caps for the Republic of Ireland national team, third behind only Robbie Keane and Shay Given as the most capped Irish player of all time.[2]

Kilbane played for several top English Premiership clubs, including EvertonWest Bromwich AlbionSunderlandWigan AthleticHuddersfield Town and Derby County (the last two on loan from Hull City) and Coventry City.

He now concentrates on his media career. He has worked as a pundit for RTÉ Sport and is now a columnist for the Irish Daily Mail and appears on Virgin Media Television (Ireland) BBC Radio 5 LiveFootball FocusFinal Score, Ireland's Newstalk Radio Off The Ball Football Show and Match of the Day.