Letterkenny Rugby Club, Ramelton and County Donegal Ireland will today celebrate the tenth anniversary of the visit of the “All Blacks” to our county.
On Novmeber 9th, 2005, a party of All Blacks led by captain Tana Umaga, visited the then undeveloped sports grounds at Letterkenny Rugby Club and named the rugby club’s pitches after Dave Gallaher, Ramelton, Co. Donegal born and New Zealand’s first ever Rugby captain.
The visit, including a pilgrimage to Gallaher’s birthplace in the nearby village of Ramelton made headlines all over the world, and the club are very proud 10 years on that a ground worthy of their famous patron Dave Gallagher has been developed.
Born in the village of Ramelton, five miles from Letterkenny, Dave Gallaher emigrated to New Zealand with his family as a boy. He became the first man to captain a team referred to as All Blacks in 1905 and is credited with helping make rugby the national sport of New Zealand.