THE tragic death of Nevin Spence along with his father and brother has prompted one County Limerick man to pay his own tribute to the talented rugby star.
Sean Denihan from Galbally has designed a poster in memory of the Ulster player which he hopes to present to Ulster officials in Thomond Park on December 29.
“I was touched by the story,” said Sean who works as a childcare assistant in Herbertstown. “I had met Nevin at the Munster versus Ulster games. He always had time for the fans. He was a lovely man. I would have met him on April 8 last in Thomond Park and would have wished him well for the season ahead,” he added.
Sean contacted local artist Harriet Cunningham prior to the Newport Gwent Dragons game about assisting him in making poster. “I provided the photograph of Nevin and I told her about his love for farming and how he used to play for Ireland and Ulster and she incorporated all that into the poster. I called to her on the Monday and she had it ready on the Friday. I took it to the match on Saturday night,” Sean explained.
“Everyone around me as well as the Munster coaches and the team admired it,” he added.
Sean is a full member of the Munster Supporters Club and has a season ticket for Thomond Park.
The respect shown to the Spence family by rugby players and supporters from all over the country he said was “lovely” to see.
“It is lovely to think that all provinces come together as one when something like that happens. Everybody was touched by it and it’s great to see the support,” he added.
After he heard the tragic news, Sean sent a mass card to the Spence family and also sent a Munster flag to the home of Ulster rugby, Ravenhill.