2006 Triumph Honoured At London Dinner
12th October 2016 By Munster Rugby
Munster Rugby’s Annual London Dinner took place at The Grosvenor House last night where, ten years on, the achievements of the 2006 European Cup winning team were honoured, while Daniel Tierney became the recipient of this year’s Richard Harris Patron’s Award.
In celebrating the 10-year anniversary Paul O'Connell, Ronan O’Gara and David Wallace were among those in attendance, joining host Martin Bayfield on stage in recalling the Heineken Cup success of 2006 with guests and long-time supporters.
Once again this year, the Richard Harris Patrons’ Award recognised an individual who, through his or her life or work, encapsulates Munster’s values of Passion, Integrity, Ambition, Excellence and Community.
Richard Harris was a Munster Rugby patron in its truest sense, everywhere he went he espoused his love of Munster Rugby and what it meant to him. Having represented Munster Rugby both at Schools and U20s level, he understood and demonstrated the heritage, values and passion which Munster Rugby instil in all those who play with and support them. Such was his pride in the jersey, he treasured his Munster U20s jersey and famously wore it to the Heineken Cup Final in 2002.
Harris’ granddaughter, Ella, was in attendance to present this year’s award to Daniel Tierney. A successful business man and current chairman of Bimeda Holdings PLC, Daniel has demonstrated a proud backing of his native county through his support of the University of Limerick and his loyalty to Munster Rugby and the greater Limerick region.
A frequent attendee at Munster Rugby games both home and away, as part of the Friends of Munster Rugby Programme, the new High Performance Centre gym now carries the Bimdea name.
Sculptor Jarlath Daly created a custom piece which was originally presented to the Harris Family in 2014, with a replica being presented to a new recipient each year thereafter at Munster Rugby’s Annual London Dinner.
Ella Harris, recipient Daniel Tierney and Munster Rugby Commercial Board Chairman Niall FitzGerald at last night's event in London.