Irish tycoons at centre of London Irish intrigue

As one bid for the Exiles is knocked back and relegation looms, can Mick Crossan’s club find an investor to restore its fortunes? Róisín Burke reports

21st January, 2018
Brendan McKibbon of London Irish in action against Harlequins at Twickenham last autumn. Pic: Getty

It was a call that came more or less out of the blue. ‘An intermediary’ contacted London Irish rugby club last week with an offer which a consortium involving three wealthy Irish business people thought the Exiles could not refuse.

That was on Thursday. The offer would stand, this person said, only until 5pm the next day. There were several fronts on which the offer was a non-starter for the biggest shareholder, London...

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