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Cong to honour rugby legends

Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 1:01am

Pat Lam and John Muldoon have been at the centre of Connacht Rugby’s success over the last few years and their achievements are set to be recognised with the much coveted Cong Hands of Fame Award, a special honour that Cong awards to those who have made a unique contribution to Irish life.

A mould of Pat Lam and John Muldoon’s hands was cast in clay last week at the Sportsgrounds in Galway and was overseen by Cong Festival Committee members Paddy Rock and Ray McHugh.

Renowned sculptor Mark Rode will now put the finishing touches to them by casting them in bronze. They will be displayed in the Cong Hands of Fame Wall alongside those of former recipients Ryan Tubridy, Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, Daniel O’Donnell and Big Tom.

Chairman of Cong Festival committee Mr Pat Luskin said, “We are delighted to have both of these icons of rugby as part of our Hands of Fame Wall. Both men had championed their sport to the highest standard and it is only right and fitting that the village honours them in this way.”

A special unveiling ceremony of the hands will take place at the Wall of Fame in Cong on Tuesday 23 May at 7.30pm followed by a Q&A session with both guests in Ryan’s Hotel.

This year’s awards will be sponsored by Ballinrobe RFC and Ryan’s Hotel, Cong.

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