Sep 10,2012

Ireland has won the Aga Khan trophy at the Dublin Horse Show for the first time in eight years.

Large crowds turned up at the RDS this afternoon for the annual FEI Nations Cup which is the showcase event of the five-day festival.

Ireland’s team, made up of showjumpers Cian O’Connor, Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney and Clem McMahon, beat off strong challenges from France and Britain to win the trophy.

Eight nations took part in the competition which had not been won by Ireland since 2004. The competition also doubled as the last round in the 2012 FEI Nations’ Cup Superleague.

Ireland’s winning performance was vital to lift the team out of the relegation zone for next year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening congratulated the Irish team on their success.

“This is a fantastic performance by the Irish team, in winning their first Aga Khan since 2004. Cian O’Connor, Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney and Clem McMahon’s win in front of a home crowd at the RDS shows the strength of Irish showjumping,” he said.

Following on from Cian O’Connor’s Olympic Bronze medal, the medals won by our Olympic boxers, and Rory McIlroy’s win in the US PGA, it’s been an extraordinary few weeks for Irish sport,” he added.

Jul 26,2012

His Highness the Aga Khan together with the Secretary General of the East African Community ambassador Richard Sezibera have together signed an agreement meant foster and expand the economic, social and cultural development in the East African region. The founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) met the ambassador at EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania last week to lay down foundation and formulate possible strategies on the way forward for East Africa. The agreement signed upon is expected to nature long-term benefits to the East African people in terms of accelerating economic development.

The East African Community partner states shall now work hand in hand in building the region with the assistance of AKDN. The joint effort shall among many objectives focus on developing and modernizing Arusha in Tanzania to give it a new outlook in terms of governance, intellectual exchange and economic development. The religious and ethnic diversity are among the agendas stipulated in the agreement where emphasis has been placed on the importance of building a prosperous society. “This partnership reflects the vision articulated in the first EAC Development Strategy in 1997,” said Mr. Sezibera while specifying EAC’s commitment in enhancing economic developments in the region. He also gave an emphasis on the core mandate of the East African Community of fostering the agreements aimed at boosting both regional and international cooperation with its development partners.