'To take away a bit of stress for people was nice' - Robin Copeland on offering his house to HSE workers


Irish rugby star Robin Copeland made an amazing gesture in March after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as he offered up his Galway house to any HSE workers in need of accommodation.


Speaking to Buzz.ie at the time, he said:"I just thought, 'how can I help?' The rental market isn't great right now and the house is right beside the Galway Clinic so if a nurse or doctor needs to stay there, the offer is open."


The offer was taken up by three doctors who have been staying there for a month and a half.


Speaking to us this week, Copeland revealed they'll stay there until July.


The Wexford native said: "There's been three doctors in there for the last month and a half and they'll be there for another month and a half, they're leaving for pastures new just as I leave for France.


"They've all been great and very appreciative. It was a nice thing to be able to do when there was a lot of uncertainty about how hard we were going to be hit. To be able to take a bit of stress away for some people was pretty nice. Hopefully a few more people have followed suit, it's a nice thing to do."




Robin Copeland Three doctors have been staying in Robin Copeland's home in Galway for the last month and a half.

Copeland has secured a move to France after signing a deal withFrench ProD2 club Soyaux Angouleme.


The former Munster and Connacht star said:"I think every player wants to head down that direction at some point [playing in France], the culture, the fact that it's just one of the best places in the world to live. It's an unbelievable country. Anybody that I've spoken to has said the same.


"I was thinking about retirement to be honest. When you have nothing certain on the cards and you've been told there's no contract where you are, there's a lot of things going through your head and you have to weigh up a lot. There were a few sleepless nights wondering, 'what the hell am I going to do with myself?'"


"Thankfully it's all worked out in the end and we've kept the wolf from the door for another few years anyway."


You can read our full interview with Copeland here.