Polmont Rotary member calls in favour from Gavin Hastings

Andrew Ireland, right, of Polmont Rotary Club, who is now the District Governor for Central Scotland, the first time it has been a member from the Polmont group. He is pictured with the outgoing District Governor.
Andrew Ireland, right, of Polmont Rotary Club, who is now the District Governor for Central Scotland, the first time it has been a member from the Polmont group. He is pictured with the outgoing District Governor.

A former rugby referee has called in a favour from his old profession to kick-start his new labour of love with a grand slam effort.

Andy Ireland (51), from Grangemouth, has been named District Governor for Rotary District 1020 – the first time ever a member from the Rotary Club of Polmont has filled the role.

One of Andy’s first assignment’s is the difficult task of organising the district’s annual conference in Dundee’s Caird Hall on November 6-8 – and he’s called up old pal and Scotland Grand Slam winning legend Gavin Hastings to be a guest speaker at the event.

Andy, who works in the prison service, said: “Well, you have to call in a few favours now and again. It’s a huge honour for myself to be the District Governor and it’s also the first time someone from the Polmont club has been chosen for the role so it’s extra special.”

During his refereeing days, Andy was one of the first professional referees in Scotland from 2002-2005 and took charge in the international matches of countries like France and Argentina.

He joined Polmont Rotary in 2003 and was the club’s president in 2007.