AN EVENING WITH JOE SCHMIDT AND GUESTS
Last Chance to see National Team Head Coach before he departs the Irish Stage
Joe Schmidt will be interviewed by Matt Cooper on stage in The Everyman, Cork. In what will almost certainly be his last public appearance in Cork before departing for the World Cup and leaving Irish Rugby, Joe will reflect on his amazing career to date and discuss Ireland’s performance over the past number of years and his hopes for the Rugby World Cup. Asking the questions is Cork’s own Matt Cooper, one of Ireland’s foremost broadcasters with an innate understanding and love of the game of rugby.
The event is being run by Sundays Well RFC as a fundraiser in support of the 3rd International Mixed Ability Rugby World Cup (IMART) will be held in Cork next year.
“We’re exceptionally grateful that Joe and Matt have agreed to support this very deserving cause. They occupy incredibly demanding roles and their schedules are jam packed. The fact that they have given their time so willingly to this event is a testament to the calibre of people they are. We’re also really proud that Cork has been chosen to host IMART 2020. That decision, I think is in part due to Ireland’s international reputation as a rugby powerhouse but it also has much to do with our growing reputation in mixed ability sport. Mixed ability is about valuing everyone’s potential and celebrating what’s at the heart of true sport – participation, passion and fun!” Liam Maher of Sunday’s Well Rugby Club and also Chair of the IMART 2020 Organising Committee
Joe and Matt will be joined on the night by the actor Gareth John Bale. On stage, Gareth has toured internationally with the highly-acclaimed one-man show GRAV, about legendary Welsh rugby player Ray Gravell, extracts of which he recently performed in the Welsh rugby team’s dressing room in Cardiff before their epic win over England.
Gareth’s TV credits include THE INDIAN DOCTOR, REQUIEM and CASUALTY for the BBC, as well as a leading role in the psychological thriller 35 AWR for S4C.
The night will also feature Laura Guest. Laura Guest is an inspirational speaker and was a member of the Irish squad which took part in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. She also played in the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups. Laura was part of the team that won the 2013 Women’s Six Nations Championship. She is currently Munster Women’s Head Coach.
Expect a few surprise appearances on the night as well!!
Bringing the World International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament to Cork marks a significant achievement for Ireland, for the city and county of Cork and for Sunday’s Well RFC as it acknowledges the leading role which the Club now plays in the championing and promotion of mixed ability rugby. IMART will attract in the region of 1,000 participants from all over the world for the week-long tournament in 2020.
The tickets for this event are sure to sell out quickly so early booking is advised.