Friday December 13, 2019

The cup that cheers

The inclusive Union Cup for LGBTI+ rugby enthusiasts at DCU this coming week is a fitting tribute to Ann Louise Gilligan’s memory, writes Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

2nd June, 2019
Katherine Zappone holding the Ann Louise Gilligan Cup: ‘I know she would get a great kick out of this’

The joy, the passion and the energy of sport are things which must be open to all. My late spouse, my beloved Ann Louise, was herself a champion squash player. She was also never more spirited than when cheering on teams at Croke Park, the Aviva or Tallaght Stadium.

Being honoured with the Ann Louise Gilligan Cup, when 45 teams from 15 countries gather for the inclusive Union Cup at DCU on June 7-9, is...

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