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Change of After Dinner Speaker

21 February 2020









It is with regret that IHEEM have to advise that we have been contacted by Nigel Owens and due to unforeseen important rugby commitments he can no longer attend our Dublin Awards Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 6th May and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

We are, however, delighted to announce that Irish Rugby Legend Willy John McBride will be attending instead.
Educated at Ballymena Academy, Northern Ireland, Willie J McBride was the boy from Ballymena who became the Captain of Ireland and a British Lions legend.

During an international career which lasted from 1962-1975, Willie John played in a record 17 tests for the Lions and was capped 63 times, (12 as Captain) by Ireland.

In an era when the robust physical play of the All Blacks and Springboks dominated, McBride was the only Forward from the Home Countries who was their match.

His outstanding leadership qualities led to his being appointed Captain of the 1974 Lions in South Africa and following retirement he went on to coach Ulster from 1981 to 82.

He was the manager to both the British Lions tour to New Zealand in 1983 and the World XV tour to South Africa during the South Africa Rugby Board Centenary Celebrations.

He was awarded the MBE for services to Rugby Football in 1971. Interested in all sport he is an accomplished motivational and humorous after-dinner speaker and we are delighted to have him with us on the evening of the 6th May.

If you have any questions or queries about this change please feel free to get in touch with Head Office via 02392 823 186.
To find out more about our Dublin 2020 Conference, Exhibition and Awards Dinner click here