Due to our ever increasing membership – in particular in our ladies, youths and minis sections – Clondalkin Rugby Football Club have been actively seeking new grounds to accommodate what we expect to be one of the largest junior rugby clubs in Leinster. After a number of years seeking grounds that would meet our needs, we are delighted to announce that we have been successful in purchasing a significantly larger footprint of property to enable the club to plan for the next fifty years.
Our priority was always to identify an ideal and viable new site first, one which matched all of our local members’ needs. Only then did we consider the sale of our existing grounds. All of the funds received from the sale of Gordon Park will be reinvested into the new development. This will partially fund the extensive work to be undertaken over the next few years. It is proposed to complete the development works over a number of phases, which will require additional funding.
In what has been a brave step for the club, to expand playing and sporting facilities in the area, we would like to recognise the support of our executive, members, sponsors and our local community in bringing the project to fruition. We would also like to thank our governing bodies, the IRFU and Leinster Rugby for their guidance and ongoing support.
The project will require the continued support of SDCC, our local sports partnership and our local representatives in order to complete what will be a vital piece of sports infrastructure in South County Dublin and, with this in mind, we intend to hold information evenings to outline our vision for the new site.
We have coordinated the sale of our current 5.6 acres with the purchase of the new site to minimise our risk. The new lands near Baldonnell, comprising in excess of 23 acres, is within two kilometres of our present location. This will enable us to develop an increased number of pitches, training areas, clubhouse, gym etc. Our adult men’s and women’s teams, as well as our ever-expanding youth and minis section, will now have top class facilities to match their ambitions.
The club was founded in 1973 and, after initially playing in the grounds of Moyle Park College, courtesy of the Marist Brothers, the lands in Gordon Park were purchased in the mid-1970s. This location was sufficient to provide two pitches and an excellent clubhouse but due to a significant increase in playing membership, we have outgrown these premises. Thanks to the foresight of the founding fathers and players who funded the purchase of the land at Gordon Park, we had an asset that thankfully had appreciated significantly and enabled the new lands to be obtained.
Currently Clondalkin RFC has three adult men’s teams. The first team competes in Division 1B of the Leinster League. The second and third teams compete in the Metro Leagues. Our women’s team play in the Leinster League. The future of the club looks bright with talented players coming through our youths and underage ranks. Indeed, eight of our U16s have been selected for the North Midlands representative panel for training under the auspices of the Leinster Rugby coaching programme.
The minis and underage section of the club is also thriving with our enthusiastic parents and coaches bringing the boys and girls through at all age levels. The family ethos of Clondalkin RFC is being carried on by the upcoming generation of players and coaches.
Over the past few months, a number of summer camps were run by the club. These included our regular Leinster Rugby camp that was sold out very quickly. We also had a youths’ camp run by our own coaching team that proved very successful. In addition, for the second successive year, we also had an ‘Inclusive Rugby Camp’. This was supported by Leinster Rugby and South Dublin County Council again. It was great to see so many of our youth’s players giving assistance to all the wonderful boys and girls partaking in this exciting week of activity.
As our club prepares for its 50th year of rugby in 2023, we look forward to welcoming players of all ages and abilities to participate in our club. While our club title is Clondalkin RFC, we also serve the communities of Tallaght, Saggart, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Neilstown, Lucan and Adamstown. All are welcome to come along and ‘Give it A Try’. Full details and contact information are available on our club website http://clondalkinrugby.com
Yours in rugby,
Clondalkin RFC Executive Committee