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Old Wesley Honour The Memory Of Professor Arthur Tanner

Old Wesley Honour The Memory Of  Professor Arthur Tanner

At the official unveiling of the Professor W. Arthur Tanner Medical Room are (left to right) Willie Campbell, President Old Wesley, Ann Tanner, Jocelyn Tanner and Philip Orr, immediate Past President IRFU.

At a pre-match function last Saturday, Old Wesley honoured the memory of one of its favourite sons, the late Professor Arthur Tanner, who died 2 years ago, by naming the club’s state of the art medical room as the “Professor W. Arthur Tanner Medical Room.”

Arthur was one of the most popular and talented Medical Officers in Irish rugby and his loss was deeply felt across the entire rugby community.

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Arthur joined Old Wesley in the 1960’s and featured on the club’s junior sides. In the late 1980’s, he became the club’s Chief Medical Officer.

He continued in this role until 1996, when Leinster, recognising his talents, appointed him as their Chief Medical Officer.

He performed that role with distinction for 18 years while also working with the Ireland Youths, Ireland A and Ireland Senior Teams.

During his long career, Arthur treated hundreds of Old Wesley, Leinster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions players. He was justifiably regarded as a great medic and equally regarded as a true friend.

Old Wesley President, Willie Campbell, hosted the event and was joined by Arthur’s wife Ann, daughter Jocelyn , and former IRFU President Philip Orr. Ann made an excellent speech acknowledging the occasion.