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'It's all about the trophies' - Rob Kearney in Trim visit

Friday, 28th March, 2014 10:29am

Story by John Donohoe
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'It's all about the trophies' - Rob Kearney in Trim visit

Rugby player Rob Kearney displays the Six Nations trophy to young fans in Trim.

'It's all about the trophies' - Rob Kearney in Trim visit

Rugby player Rob Kearney displays the Six Nations trophy to young fans in Trim.

Less than a fortnight ago, the nation came to a standstill as Ireland sought to claim rugby’s Six Nations Championship in a dramatic final game against France in Paris.
This week in Trim, one of the Irish heroes of that successful Six Nations campaign, Rob Kearney, created a scrum of his own when he arrived at the launch of Home Instead Senior Care’s Meath and Louth franchise at Trim Castle Hotel, with the coveted Six Nations trophy under his arm.
However, it wasn’t muscled rugby players he faced, but fans of all ages, from young children to their adoring grandparents (adoring the Leinster rugby man!), seeking autographs, jerseys signed, photos on cameras, phones, tablets, and ipads, and of course, the ‘selfie’ pictures.
Franchisee Charlotte Reilly was launching the professional home care service for older people in Meath and Louth, and Louth man Kearney joined his namesake, Ireland rugby team manager, Michael Kearney of Dunboyne, a director of Home Instead Senior Care, at the event. Home Instead Senior Care is a provider of home care services, helping older people live happy, healthy and independent lives in their own homes for longer than otherwise possible.
This year’s Six Nations Championship had been “superb”, Kearney said as he signed autographs and stood in with the silverware and besotted fans for photos.
“Any time you win trophies is good, but there was a superb feeling about this one.”
To win by almost 40 points against Italy was very impressive.
“Fans like to see tries,” he said. “And there were lots of tries for them at the Aviva.  And then, finals are always going to be particularly tight – Paris was no different.”
At the last minute of the game in Paris, it was a game either side could have won, and he had thought the try would be awarded to France at the end, he added.
The players spent time together over Saturday and Sunday when they came home, and returned to their provinces on Monday of last week. “It’s getting back to normal,” Kearney says.
“We have the Munster match to focus on in the Rabodirect this weekend, and then there’s the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulon.”
Ever the professional, he says it’s all about the trophies, and achieving success, and that’s the target again with Leinster.
And the full back described himself as “chuffed” to be named in the top five players of the Six Nations Championship, from across the six countries.
“I’d regard myself as one of the senior players there now, so it was a great honour to be voted into the top five,” he says. Wishing the Home Instead team well, the 28 year-old said he might need their services sometime, but not just yet, senior player or not!

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