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Rugby star Paul O'Connell set for Waterfront curtain-raiser

By Staff Reporter

Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell is to speak at a Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner.

The dinner on May 4 will be the first at Belfast's newly-extended Waterfront Conference and Exhibition Centre.

O'Connell, who announced his retirement from the sport last week, will address guests at the Chamber's Champions Dinner.

The rugby ace suffered a hamstring injury during the World Cup last year and said it had forced him to give up the sport.

During his illustrious career, he captained the British and Irish Lions as well as Ireland and Munster. He also won three Six Nations including a Grand Slam, two European Cups and three Celtic Leagues.

The Waterfront is reopening after an expansion and refurbishment programme by Belfast City Council costing nearly £30m.

It has attracted more than 30 bookings from national and international events including the BBC Good Food Show and the World Credit Union for later this year.

The annual International Surgical Congress of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland will be its first conference at the centre, with an event running from May 11-13.

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