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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Dream come true' as Ireland lift Aga Khan

The Irish Team celebrate winning the Furusiyya Nations Cup (L-R)
Greg Broderick, Darragh Kenny, Chef D'Equipe Robert Splaine, Bertram Allen and Cian O'Connor Dublin Horse Show at Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge
Picture by Lorraine O'Sullivan
The Irish Team celebrate winning the Furusiyya Nations Cup (L-R) Greg Broderick, Darragh Kenny, Chef D'Equipe Robert Splaine, Bertram Allen and Cian O'Connor Dublin Horse Show at Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge Picture by Lorraine O'Sullivan
The Irish Team celebrate winning the Furusiyya Nations Cup (L-R) Cian O'Connor , Greg Broderick, Darragh Kenny and Bertram Allen Dublin Horse Show at Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge Picture by Lorraine O'Sullivan
Carmen lovely, from mullingar, does her make up with the help of madame millicent at the discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 7/8/2015
From l to r are Orla Murphy, 18, falone whelan, 18, and Jessica reville, from Wexfordat the discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 7/8/2015

HE is the young world superstar who has just become a household name.

Showjumping wonder kid Bertram Allen was relishing the sweet taste of success on home turf as Ireland took home the Aga Khan trophy for the first time in three years.

Allen (20) said that while he had jumped all over the world, to win in Dublin was a "dream come true".

It was a fitting end to the week at the RDS - with the sun emerging after heavy downpours of rain throughout the day.

Sky Sports News presenter Rachel Wyse was among those enjoying the incredible atmosphere of the annual horseshow, which will draw approximately 100,000 over the five days.

The weight of Ireland's hopes rested on Bertram Allen's slight shoulders as the first rider to kick off the competition.

Tricolours fluttered and the rafters were lifted as the Irish show-jumping team raised their hats in triumph after an epic Nations Cup.

For Cian O'Connor, his 100th cap for Ireland could scarcely have been sweeter as he held the Aga Khan trophy aloft with a beaming smile on his face.

But he was quick to acknowledge the work of his three team mates, Greg Broderick, Darragh Kenny and Bertram Allen - who is already ranked number five in the world.

"My job is always easy when you ride with guys like these," said O'Connor.

The Irish riders got to sample the heady glory of winning on home turf before a capacity crowd before they continue on the road to Rio.

And enjoying every moment was Eddie Macken. The showjumping legend - who represented Ireland 27 times in the Nations Cup and now lives in Canada, said: "I know what Friday in Dublin is all about."

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