May 22 2012
All at Dualla NS would like to wish our former pupil Denis Leamy well on his immediate retirement from the game of professional rugby. Denis is held in the highest of esteem by all at Dualla NS both as an outstanding sportsman and as a person. He is idolised by the children in our school who recall with great fondness the days he returned to the school with Heineken Cups, Triple Crown & Grand Slam trophies.
Denis won the first of his 144 Munster caps in September 2001 and played in both the 2006 and 2008 Heineken Cup finals. Capped 57 times by Ireland, he played in two World Cups, was twice a Triple Crown winner and was a member of the 2009 Grand Slam winning side.
Commenting on the news Denis said, “I find it hard to put into words how much it has meant to me to play for Munster and Ireland. It was a dream come true and I was very lucky to play with some of the greatest players ever to wear the jerseys and feel blessed that I was part of winning teams. “I’ve had a great career, wish it had gone on a little longer but I’d like to thank all the coaches, players, medical staff and management who have helped me over the past decade. It’s been a great honour to be involved with such an outstanding group of people.
“I’d also like to thank the fans most sincerely. I fully appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made, spending their hard earned cash to cheer us on, be it Munster or Ireland, at home games and all over Europe. Their support has been truly fantastic and a memory I’ll carry forever.”
Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.