Leinster trio Andrew Goodman, Ian Madigan and Jack McGrath were on hand recently to help support De La Salle Palmerston’s 9th annual Kieran Burke Festival of Rugby….

The Kieran Burke Perpetual Trophy was set up in honour of one of DLSP’s youngest and most enthusiastic players (who also was a Leinster mascot) Kieran Burke, who died of leukaemia in January 2004, aged six.

The tournament was devised by DLSP and in conjunction with the Burke family, with the inaugural tournament being held in January 2005. Since then it has grown into the largest Under-7 sporting event in the country.

Over 800 Boys and Girls aged Under-7 from 29 different clubs throughout Leinster took part last weekend, with close to 2,000 proud parents and spectators cheering them on proudly played as they played on the 16-acre site.

And what excitement they had in store as they made new friends from other clubs from all over Leinster and also got to meet Leinster players Ian Madigan, Jack McGrath and Andrew Goodman who excelled as ambassadors for Leinster at the event by signing autographs and posing for photos with the future stars of Leinster and, hopefully, Irish Rugby!