James Ryan pictured with Ray McHugh and Paddy Rock in Clonbur. PHOTO: TRISH FORDE

Irish rugby star James Ryan to be feted in Mayo village

James Ryan will unveil a mould of his hands on Saturday, November 26, in Cong as he enters The Cong Hands Of Fame Wall at 2 p.m.

James is a key figure in Irish Rugby squad which is the number one ranked team in the world and have just lately defeated the current world champions South Africa in the Autumn International series.

The event will be hosted by Cong Hands of Fame Committee in association with Ballinrobe Rugby Club and no doubt will see many fans turn out to welcome him to Cong.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young aspiring players to meet a player of this calibre in their own village

Speaking from a packed training session for underage players, Brendan Flanagan, director of Rugby for Ballinrobe RFC, said: "It’s the once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed."

"We are expecting a large turnout on the day," said Pat Luskin, chairman of the Cong Hands Committee.

He said there are enquiries about the event coming from as far away as Donegal.

Mr. Luskin said events like this are a big help in bringing more visitors to the village

James and his family will be special guests of Ashford Castle for afternoon tea prior to arriving to the unveiling ceremony.