Carrick’s Shane Layden included in Ireland U-20 squad

IRELAND kick off their ‘Electric Ireland U-20 Six Nations Championship home fixtures when they square up to Wales in Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Friday night, (kick off 7.05 pm) and there will be plenty of local interest in the game as Carrick-on-Shannon’s Shane Layden has been included in the Irish squad.

IRELAND kick off their ‘Electric Ireland U-20 Six Nations Championship home fixtures when they square up to Wales in Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Friday night, (kick off 7.05 pm) and there will be plenty of local interest in the game as Carrick-on-Shannon’s Shane Layden has been included in the Irish squad.

Powerful wing Layden has been a revelation in his first season with Buccaneers. The exciting and direct runner, who can also comfortably slot in at full-back sustained a broken finger when playing for Buccs against Garryowen recently but is hopeful that he will be fully fit for the duel with Wales.

Ireland play three home matches in Dubarry Park this season, beginning with the test against Wales on this Friday, February 3. Italy are the next visitors to Athlone on February 24 with Scotland arriving in the midlands for a March 9 joust. All matches are being covered live on RTE2 TV and kick off time is 7.05 pm nightly.

Tickets are now on sale at Dubarry Park (086) 1732711 for all three games and they can also be purchased at The Bounty (090) 6477566 and Musicworld (090) 6474372. Stand tickets, which are selling strongly, are priced at €20; Ground/Terrace €15 and Student/OAP €10. Discount vouchers will be distributed to Secondary and National schools in the region as usual.

Pre-match tables can also be booked at just €320 per table of eight. That’s just €40 per person for which you get three-course meal and wine and reserved seat in the Stand. Larger or smaller groups also catered for. Contact Geraldine at (086) 1732711 or by email to rugby@dubarrypark.com to book or for further details.