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Kilkenny and Carlow fingerprints to be featured on “Irelands Ball” for Irish Rugby Team

Vodafone has created a world first ball grip that features the fingerprints of 32 people representing the 32 counties of Ireland

Vodafone Ireland has revealed “Ireland’s Ball” ahead of the team’s departure to Japan.

In partnership with Gilbert, Vodafone has created a world first ball grip that features the fingerprints of 32 people representing the 32 counties of Ireland.

Representing Carlow on “Ireland’s Ball” is Sarah Breen from Borris, who is co-author of the ‘Oh My God What a Complete Aisling’ books.

Representing Kilkenny on the ball is Dara Leamy, a third-class student from Clara. He is a sports fanatic, especially rugby, hurling, squash and soccer, and according to his Rugby coach has ‘No. 9 in his blood’.

Contributors to the ball include Maeve Cox (Meath), the first baby born in Ireland in 2019; Ciara Griffin (Kerry), Captain of the Women’s Rugby team; John Burke (Clare), who summited Everest in 2017; Brian John Spencer an artist from Belfast and Matt NiGrioffa (Connemara) an Irish speaking lobster fisherman and founding member of An Ghaeltacht Rugbaí, the only Irish speaking rugby team in the world.

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is the Head of Sport and News in KCLR96FM. He's an avid rugby fan and can be seen frequenting Leinster and local clubs games. He loves his GAA too and is a former hurler and footballer and stood between the posts for his home club of Kiltegan for many years. He's also a Man U fan for his troubles and shouts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
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