RIP Colette Cullen
The 2021 Tim O’Connor Golf Classic
It’s that time of the year again! The 2021 Tim O’Connor Golf Classic takes place on Friday 13th of August.
U17s vs Balbriggan
New Grounds Consultation Process
As most of you will be aware by now of the development plans for the club. To achieve our dates of moving from one ground to another we need to meet some target dates. The first is to submit plans for planning permission. Before we submit the plans, we would like all members to have a say in what the new grounds might look like. There are physical and budget constraints which will dictate the final outcome, however we would like to hear what ideas people have and they will be considered by a committee before a final plan is presented.
You are encouraged to submit your ideas and comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 31st May.
All ideas, comments and suggestions will be reviewed by the Development Committee who will put forward our proposals our entire membership for a final decision by Tuesday 15th June.
The club are undertaking an ambitious plan to self-manage and for as much as possible a self-build of the proposed development of the new lands.
We would welcome assistance from any members who have skills and experience relating to the planning, operation, financial controlling, health and safety, and compliance.
When the plans are more developed we will be returning to members regarding direct construction opportunities.
If you have resources and would like to assist please follow the link below and complete the form: www.forms.gle/gHv8LmX5UZVqKnu5A
EGM – 6th May 2021 @ 8pm
Clondalkin Rugby Club will be raising money for Inclusive Rugby and Irish Therapy Dogs, with all monies raised being evenly split between the two.
Inclusive Rugby is for children with additional needs, we hope to help get them involved in our rugby club as much as possible.
Irish Therapy Dogs provide physical, emotional and therapeutic benefits to people young and old.
If anyone wants to be involved please let us know. The plan is to do 1000 reps of YOUR chosen exercise in 24hrs on Saturday 1st of May. Please get involved by either sharing it all over social media, donating or getting involved and doing the 1000 reps
Read more & donate here – https://gofund.me/590da155
A wonderful piece taken from Leinsters MatchDay Programme on Clon Legend and our first internationally capped player John Sexton.
Clondalkin Rugby Club was formed in 1973 and from the beginning my family have been heavily involved in the club. My dad, Jim, was an early member and helped create the juvenile section of the club and my five brothers and I all played for the club.
My earliest memories were playing U-13/14 games organised by Pat Kelly, a teacher in Moyle Park College where most of our players went to school. It got more formalised when I was U-15 and we regularly played against Palmerstown, Malahide, Barnhall, Suttonians and Clontarf. I remember captaining the U-15s versus Clontarf to celebrate the opening of the clubhouse in Kingswood.
As a 17-year-old in sixth year, I was busy captaining our GAA and soccer teams and studying for the Leaving Cert but found time to play on the wing for the Clondalkin First Team (J3), alongside the likes of Brendan Coady, Brendan Fitzsimons, Eddie Farrell and captain John Kennedy.
In 1981, going to play rugby in Trinity from a non-rugby school background was fairly rare and intimidating as everyone appeared to know each other from schools rugby. However, I quickly progressed through the U-19 trial matches and secured my place on the team. On my return to second year, I had ambitions to secure my place on the seconds (J1), however I was selected to play for the first team against St Mary’s for the opening game.
It was a memorable occasion in College Park where I was marking Irish international Terry Kennedy. Although we lost 41-3, there was great excitement in the Sexton household. At the time, my dad was President of Clondalkin RFC so it was a busy year of rugby!
While I didn’t get my ‘Colours’ that year, I solidified my place on the team after Christmas and retained it until I left college in 1988. I was lucky to play with some tremendous players and at one stage our backline of Paul Clinch, Brendan Mullin, Fergus Dunlea and myself was also the Leinster backline.
I had the honour of captaining DUFC in 1986-87 and although I missed the Colours game through injury, we won the Dudley Cup and were narrowly beaten by Lansdowne in the Leinster League final.
Meanwhile in Clondalkin, my dad was President again, continuing his heavy involvement while in tandem supporting my career. In my final season in Trinity, we unfortunately lost the Leinster Senior Cup final to Blackrock. However, it was notable as I was selected to play against England in the ‘Millennium’ match to win my first cap.
I presented my jersey and my opposite man’s jersey (Rory Underwood) to Clondalkin to mark the occasion of my first cap and the role the club played in nurturing my interest and talent. At the end of that season, a second-string Irish team toured France and though we were earmarked to play provincial teams, we ended up playing two games against France. In the first game in Auch, we won 18-17 in one of the most memorable games I have ever played (the French team included the likes of Lafond, Sella and Lagisquet) while we lost the re- match in L’Orient 12-7.
Later that year, I played against Western Samoa and Italy and scored my first points for Ireland with a try and a drop goal against Samoa – the drop goal was particularly memorable as it was the only drop goal I scored throughout my career!
In 1989, I played against France in the Five Nations and while we led 21-7 at one stage, we ended up losing 21-24. My man Lagisquet scored two tries and I was dropped for the next game.
Later that year, I toured the US and Canada winning both tests (I scored a last-minute try, from the half-way line, to prevent Canada beating their first Tier One team).
Controversially, these games were not capped despite being a full-strength Irish team and Ireland previously awarding caps against Canada in the 1987 World Cup.
Injury struck soon after our return in an interpro against Munster, however, I was fit enough to line out for Leinster against the All Blacks in November ‘89. I scored a try that day which turned out to be the only try scored against them on the island of Ireland!
I was selected in November 1990 to earn my fifth cap against Argentina but I broke my hand the week before in a game against Shannon. Although I remained in the squad for another couple of years, that was the end of my international career.
At this stage, I had moved to Lansdowne where many of my teammates from Trinity had gone. We had a very good team and won the Leinster Senior Cup in ’89 and ’91. In 1993-94, I had the honour to captain Lansdowne following in the footsteps of many other Trinity graduates who captained Lansdowne, including Donal Spring, Mark Ryan, Greg Dilger and Paul Clinch.
Reflecting on my career, playing for DUFC in College Park with great players and a great coach is probably the most memorable part and it was great to receive my first cap while there. Our coach Roly Meates was a huge influence on my development and progression. However, he was also a massive influence on me as a person and how effective a ‘coaching’ approach can be in life. Ultimately rugby is about the lifelong friendships you make across the clubs and representative teams you play for and compete against.
During my career, my dad continued to be heavily involved in Clondalkin as fixture secretary, committee member and ultimately a stalwart supporter – he is only one of three members to receive the ‘President’s Award’ for services to the club.
As the club’s oldest living member he is looking forward to watching games again in September ’21! My brother Paul (Dudge) continued to play for the club and was captain in 1997-98 and was on the team that won the club’s highest honour, the Spencer Cup, in 2006.
Many other honours have followed since such that Clondalkin RFC is now an established and formidable participant on the Metropolitan and Leinster Junior club match calendar, with encouragement and support from the Leinster Branch and even more recently by New Zealand born Ireland International, James Lowe, who adopted Clondalkin RFC in 2019 as his home club in support of Clondalkin RFC’s youth teams.
Clondalkin has come a long way since my involvement all those years ago and as it approaches its 50-year anniversary it is clear that Clondalkin Rugby is on an upward trajectory while at the same time still remaining a place where lifelong friendships are being formed and strengthened among the new generations involved in the club.
Notice regarding Roles and Officers for next Season
The Executive Committee have considered the situation of the officers & committee elected at our AGM in 2020. As the people elected to the annual positions such as team Captains, President, Vice President etc. did not have an opportunity to properly fulfil their roles during the current season the Executive propose that all of the parties remain in situ for the coming season. In the event of any of the current office holders not being available the usual procedure for replacing any individual will take place. We will therefore be putting a motion to our 2021 AGM that this be approved.
On behlaf of the Executive,
Hon. Sec. Clondalkin RFC
- An update in relation to the club grounds. As members are aware we are reaching capacity on our current available pitch space and we wish to explore alternative options to assist with our continued growth.
- To appoint a subcommittee to explore and oversee those options.
RIP John McDermott
CRFC are saddened to hear of the death of past president John McDermott. He passed away yesterday 3rd Feb at home peacefully surrounded by his five children.
John first got involved in CRFC in 1975. He was instrumental in the building our underage age groups and served on the general committee up to 1979. He was then elected Vice President and served as President in 1980/81. His good pal Bob Booth (RIP) followed him as President the following season. He was ever present in the club and was regularly accompanied by his beloved late wife Irene. In 1989/90 John and Bob both served at Joint Treasurers. The continued in this role until 1991/2.
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