MacNeill Returns to Trinity Roots

Former British and Irish Lions and Irish International Rugby player Hugo MacNeill was yesterday announced as a brand ambassador for Trinity Sport to recognise his achievements with Ireland, Leinster, the French Barbarians and the British and Irish Lions.

MacNeill will join fellow Trinity Alumni on the Trinity Sport ambassador programme including Dublin Ladies Football All Ireland winner Nicole Owens, Mark Pollock, former Irish Rugby international Ailish Egan and Head Coach of the Irish Women’s cricket team Ed Joyce.

“We are delighted to welcome Hugo MacNeill to the Trinity Sport brand ambassador programme to recognise his achievement in rugby and also his contribution to the ‘Peace International’ which promoted the positivity of a community living together in peace and pointed to the futility of violence at a critical time in Irish history,” said Trinity Head of Sport Michelle Tanner.

“Hugo has also become a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion as he is also an ambassador for Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Trinity Sport would like to recognise Hugo’s achievements and provide the opportunity for students and the institution to learn and collaborate on sport for the future.”

“I have many great memories from my time at Trinity College Dublin, especially from my Trinity Rugby playing days where I made lifelong friends from all backgrounds,” added MacNeill.

“It is a huge honour to be asked to be involved in the Trinity Sport ambassador programme. Being involved in rugby during my time in Trinity is what taught me how to win and lose, how to build resilience and how to be part of a team. I believe these skills not only matter in sport but can be applied in business and life in general.”

Join us tomorrow morning when we will have a full interview with MacNeill including more on his involvement with cross-community engagement and his unexpected but successful soccer career, while a student.

Image Credit: Trinity College Dublin

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