Argentine Ambassador to Ireland at rest in County Mayo

THE polo community in Ireland was saddened to learn of the death of Laura Bernal, Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina in Ireland, who died suddenly on 26th April in her Dublin home after contracting Covid-19.

The Cup of the Republic of Argentina was presided over annually by the late Ambassador Bernal, played here at the All Ireland Polo Club in Phoenix Park, Dublin Ireland


In her tenure of four years Her Excellency hosted the annual Cup of the Republic of Argentina, an international polo match at the All Ireland Polo Club in Phoenix Park Dublin, played annually against Argentina before invited guests in the diplomatic corps.

Ambassador Laura Bernal presented the Cup of the Republic of Argentina every year to the winning team


She was interred in Craggagh Cemetery, County Mayo in accordance with the wishes of her family. Ambassador Bernal had forged strong bonds of friendship and amity during her tenure, and her burial took place in the nearby town of Foxford, the birthplace of Argentine Navy founder Admiral William Brown.

“There is a great bond between Ireland and Argentina,” said Eamonn Laverty, a past president of the All Ireland Polo Club. “We have a lot of people living here in Dublin, and many from the (Irish) polo world have been over to Argentina.”

The Ambassador, who was aged 64 at the time of her death, was a frequent visitor of Foxford, and in her last visit in November she spoke of the welcome she had always received there while paying tribute to all those who had fostered and maintained the links between Ireland and Argentina.

A tribute to her on the Foxford-based Admiral William Brown Society’s Facebook page stated: “Ambassador Bernal had a great affection for the people of Foxford and County Mayo and we are honoured that her family have chosen our area as her final resting place.”

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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