'I'm enjoying being a fan', says Gordon
Former Ireland international Gordon D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan lined out at the Shelbourne for an annual fundraising lunch.
Retired rugby star Gordan admitted that it was going to be a nice change to relax and watch the action from the sidelines as Ireland's RBS Six Nations campaign kicks off against Wales tomorrow.
"I got to finish rugby more or less on my own terms and I'm quite happy with that," he said.
"I just really want them to do well. I'm enjoying being a fan, which I think is a good place to be."
Now working as an advisor with finance specialists Investec, tribute was paid to the star at the 8th Annual Rugby Luncheon, hosted by philanthropic group, Ireland Funds.
His wife Aoife Cogan - looking beautiful in a yellow Preen dress - said they were only recently back from a two-month-long trip around South Africa with their eight-month-old daughter, Soleil. She added it was "just lovely" having her hubbie at home more.
Also present was Michael Flatley, who said he was hoping to finish his career in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas on St Patrick's Day.
He said he was injured at present after ripping his Achilles tendon and he was being really careful with it.
Meanwhile, Welsh rugby fans said they were hoping for a win, but agreed the outcome would be tight. Jeff Lynn from Pencoed said if his team could beat Ireland it would be a good start to the tournament.
"Hopefully, we will come first. Ireland beat us the last time and there are a few injuries looking at its team sheet," he said.
"If we beat Ireland away, then historically we go on to do very well."
Jane Croucher from Cardiff is looking forward to watching the game in a pub with Irish music.
"I think we are like the Irish. We're all Celts and we know how to have a good time," she added.