A new and exciting chapter in Leinster Rugby’s history formally began on Wednesday afternoon when An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. and Minister of State Michael Ring T.D. joined a host of dignitaries to open Leinster’s new headquarters in Newstead, University College Dublin…

An Taoiseach was taken on a tour of the offices before joining representatives from both Leinster Rugby and the I.R.F.U. as Leinster Chief Executive Michael Dawson outlined the province’s journey to U.C.D. Mick also acknowledged the backing of David and Cathy Shubotham, Bank of Ireland Private Banking as well as Government / Lottery funding which all enabled the successful move.

Dr Hugh Brady, President of U.C.D., then addressed the gathering before An Taoiseach spoke and greeted representatives and staff , wishing the province well in the new building and expressing his hope that it will continue to inspire future generations.

Leinster Coach Joe Schmidt joined three-time winning Heineken Cup winning captain Leo Cullen who presented An Taoiseach with a Leinster jersey on behalf of the squad.

Billy Glynn, President of the I.R.F.U., was also in attendance.