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Rugby stars give Ulster gifts great lift-off at airport

Three Ulster Rugby and Ireland international stars gave a helping hand to Aelia Duty Free at Belfast International Airport to get a range of Ulster Rugby sportswear off to a flying start.

The busy store enlisted the help of Ulster captain Rory Best, winger Tommy Bowe and flanker Iain Henderson to unveil the latest addition to the outlet.

The new range of Ulster home and away shirts and beanie hats is on sale in the Discover Belfast Gift Store in Aelia Duty Free, and is already proving to be a real crowd-puller.

Michele Hunter, manager at Aelia, said they had recently teamed up with supplier Kukri Clothing to support Ulster Rugby.

"We were thrilled that three household names from Ulster Rugby accepted the 'call up' to get us off to a winning start with the range," Ms Hunter said.

"They made 'Grand Slam' contributions during their stay, winning the plaudits of both staff and customers alike.

"We're very proud to be supporters of Ulster Rugby and to coincide with this new partnership, we're launching a competition for a signed shirt by the three Ulster and Ireland stalwarts."

Aelia says it hopes to increase the range on offer throughout 2015.

Deirdre Graffin, commercial manager at the airport, said the players gave the event a real boost and was confident the range would sell well. "Aelia Duty Free is a major outlet, providing a full range of quality goods for departing passengers," she said.

"The retailer has a commanding presence airside and the addition of Kukri-made Ulster Rugby wear will enhance an already impressive catalogue."

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