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Gary Halpin

  • 24-02-2021 7:23am
    Registered Users Posts: 309 ✭✭

    I've heard that Gary Halpin passed away last night.

    A giant of a man in every way, and a pure gentleman.

    If you can have only have one international try to your name, let it be against the All Blacks in a World Cup game.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,705 ✭✭✭The Inbetween is mine

    I remember that, I also remember his celebration after he scored :)
    You'd get a 10 week ban for that these days
    Hadn't heard he had passed, rip

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,265 ✭✭✭Lost Ormond

    Very sad.
    Too young to remember him playing but got to know him through his job in Cistercian Roscrea

    Top class athlete as well as rugby player. Threw hammer in America in college and represented Ireland in world championships as well
    Real nice man.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,076 ✭✭✭PropJoe10

    I remember that try well. A top class sportsman in different disciplines, which isn't easy to do. Rest in peace, Gary.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,460 ✭✭✭ionadnapokot

    The '91 RWC were my first rugby matches at Lansdowne road.
    Gary started v Japan in Ireland's second game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,076 ✭✭✭PropJoe10

    The '91 RWC were my first rugby matches at Lansdowne road.
    Gary started v Japan in Ireland's second game.


    My first rugby matches were the Zimbabwe and Australia games in that tournament, still have those programmes around somewhere. Good times they were!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,876 ✭✭✭✭stephen_n

    Only 55 years old, very sad. By all accounts a real gentleman. R.I.P.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,463 ✭✭✭✭bilston

    Sad news, far too young as well.

    That celebration after scoring against NZ.

    I'll always remember that match for being the first time I saw the most iconic rugby player of all time play in Lomu...and another man gone far too soon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,616 ✭✭✭✭Losty Dublin

    An excellent player in his day; one who was far better a footballer than his modest cap collection suggests. He just had the misfortune to break through at the wrong time; had then game not been in the Shamatuer era and with a surplus of excellent front rowers he'd have definitely had a lot more caps to call his own.

    Gary also had one other rugby claim to fame; he was the man who first shaved the head of Keith Woods!

    Of his epic try scoring game in 2995, he once said....

    “I sidestepped Lomu three times in that game, the only problem was he was the one carrying the ball at that stage."


    Rest in peace, Gary.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,551 Mod ✭✭✭✭SeaFields

    I remember that try well. Rest in peace Gary.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    That's very young to go


    Was just reading the entertaining story from Neil Francis the other day when they had a night out with Leon Spinks the former heavyweight champion boxer during a summer tour in Chicago in 1989


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  • Registered Users Posts: 44,598 ✭✭✭✭Bobeagleburger

    Very young. Was he sick?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,827 ✭✭✭randomname2005

    Terrible news. As was said, an international sportsman in two different sports.
    Thoughts to his loved ones.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭Buddy Bubs

    Heart attack according to a friend of the family. Very sad, remember him in my early days of watching rugby.

  • Registered Users Posts: 407 ✭✭liosnagceann75

    Rip Gary