Polo and Prosecco – Afternoon Team and high stakes competition at the All Ireland Polo Club

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IT’s the high season for Irish polo, the summer well underway in Phoenix Park, Dublin and around the country for that matter as top teams emerge from the field in outstanding performances of ‘Hurling on Horseback’, played before guests and visitors most recently at the All Ireland Polo Club in Dublin.

1 CorriganDowlingLizarazoHolland

3 DavidIsabelO'Brien

2 FrancesFitzgeraldDerekByrne

The second annual Afternoon Tea soiree (Sunday 30 June), a fundraiser for charities supported by the Military & Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem Grand Priory of Ireland revealed a very smart casual guest list including socialite-turned-author Gavin Lambe-Murphy and restaurateur May Frisby, wine importer Harshal Shah and Irish MEP Frances Fitzgerald. The LK Bennett-styled Dr Claudine Vavasseur was named as the Best Dressed Lady at the Afternoon Tea while Marlon Simeon dressed the best among the men in collections by Massimo Dutti.

6 MichaelConnollyTommyDiaz

5 LarDerek

4 MurphyYoungMcCarthyFrisbyShah

Top teams emerging in the weekend’s Derby Tournament of high stakes polo saw the 4 Goal team from Tyrone squeak through on 6 goals to 5 to best LHK/Keelings for the President’s Cup; Sixt Rent-a-Car claimed the 0 Goal Ladies Cup by a half-goal, scoring 5 to 4.5 from Keelings.

Presenting the trophies to the teams, Grand Prior Conor Keoghan thanked the All Ireland Polo Club for supporting the Order’s charitable event: “Well done to all the teams and thank you very much for all the hard work. It was wonderful to be here for the second year in a row and we will do our best to make sure it is an annual event.”

8 KeoghanVavasseur

9 KeoghanSimeon

7 TyroneTeamConorKeogh

The Grand Priory of Ireland, brought to this country by Lord Dunsany in 1962 remains close to its original, nearly 1,000-year-old mission for the relief of leprosy while supporting local and international charities.


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Image credits: Kim Mullahey, Athomphotos

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is Pynck.com’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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