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Irish Former Rugby Player, Gary Halpin Dies At 55



The Irish Rugby community has lost one of their legendary player, Gary Halpin. Gary Halpin an Irish former rugby union international player who played for the Irish national rugby union team was reported to have died today February 24 2021.

The news of his death was confirmed on social media. Gary Halpin – greatest ever rugby try-scoring celebration.

He played for the Ireland team from 1990 to 1995, winning 11 caps and scoring one try, after making his debut in January 1990 against England in a 23–0 defeat. He was part of the Ireland squad at the 1991 Rugby World Cup and the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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Born on 14 February 1966, Gary graduated from the Manhattan College in New York City in 1988.

His major teams were Harlequins, Ireland Under-25s, London Irish, Ireland.


David Corkery reacting to Gary’s death described him as a true gentleman and real legend who kept on entertaining his fans day and night.

So sad to hear that a former teammate passed away last night. Gary Halpin was a true gentleman and a real legend.

He kept us entertained day and night and made hard days on a tour that little bit easier, Sleep well my friend; he wrote.

Who Is Gary Halpin?

Mr. Halpin is better known as an Irish Rugby & Athletics International in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Educated at Rockwell College, where he won four Irish Schools rugby caps, he travelled to the US on an Athletics scholarship to the University of Manhattan, where he won the American Indoor Collegiate Championship in the Hammer, before going on to represent Ireland in the 1987 World Athletics Championship.

Upon returning to Ireland in 1989, he resumed his Rugby career, joining Dublin club Wanderers FC, making his full international debut twelve months later when lining out at tighthead prop against England at Twickenham.

He subsequently joined London Irish and was a key member of the Irish team at the World Cup in South Africa in 1995, wearing the No. 3 shirts against New Zealand, Wales and France. He scored his one and only try against the All Blacks at Ellis Park in Ireland’s tournament opener.

Having taught at St George’s College, Weybridge before taking a break to sample professional rugby, he went on to teach and coach rugby at the Oratory School, where he was also a Housemaster. Since 2008, Mr. Halpin has been a Housemaster and 1st XV Rugby coach at Saint David’s House in Christ College Brecon, a Boarding School with 400 pupils in Mid Wales.

In 2017, He was appointed the Head of Boarding at the Cistercian College Roscrea (CCR).

Gary is a highly experienced educator having spent 16 years of his life in management positions in top schools in the UK.

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