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Captains Message Season 21/22

I am extremely proud and honoured to be elected as Club Captain of Clondalkin Rugby Club for a second time. It is a privilege to captain such a great team and I look forward to both leading and representing the club over the coming season. Since joining the club, I have been made part of the family which is one of the club’s greatest qualities.

Firstly, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all players, management, officials and supporters to Clondalkin Rugby Club for the 2021-22 season. To all of our new members, we welcome you and look forward to seeing you in the club.

As a club, we have worked tirelessly and achieved some great success in recent years. To see how much the club has grown and evolved over these years is testament to all the great work done by so many of our members and volunteers at every level. I know many of our members have had difficult times during the last year and we hope the club can bring something positive to their lives.

There is huge excitement within the senior squad ahead of the new season and the challenges we will face in the Leinster League Division 1B and other competitions. We are really looking forward to being back playing matches and competing on the pitch again. We also aim to make an impact off the pitch and get involved wherever possible. I would like to wish the women’s, underage and all other teams every success for the year.

I would like to wish our head coach, Dave Plummer, along with his assistance coaches Paul Nolan and John Nolan & also the management team Winston Jebb, John Stapleton, Conor Steed & Conor Kelly, the best of luck for the season ahead.

I would like to congratulate my vice-captains David Jebb & Thomas Ankers and we will work together for a successful season.

I look forward to collaborating again with the second team captain Eoin Delaney to drive the club forward. He dedication on and off the pitch is invaluable to the club.

Additionally, I would like to thank all of our very generous sponsors for their continued support. It allows Clondalkin Rugby Club to compete across all levels and for that we are extremely grateful.

Finally, a sincere thank you to all our loyal supporters who travel to every match day to cheer us on. You have followed us around the country in hail, rain, snow and occasional sunshine, helping us get over the line in many games. Your support cannot be under-estimated and is greatly appreciated by all the squad members. We promise we will do our best to make you proud and give you something to celebrate.

Marcus Doyle
Clondalkin RFC Club Captain 2021/2022

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Breaking News

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
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Club President’s Message for the New Season

Dear Members,
 
It is my privilege to write to you as President of Clondalkin RFC ahead of the upcoming season. It was a massive honour to be asked to represent our club last year and unfortunately, as events transpired, it was a much different one than any of us were expecting. I am extremely grateful to the Executive Committee and our members for a second opportunity.
 
It is hard to fully put into words the impact COVID-19 has had on each of us. We remember those we won’t meet on the side lines this season including past presidents, members and loved ones. I would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the members for the support extended to my own family during that time. For me, I will never forget those countless acts of kindness and they represented everything that is great about our club.
 
The lockdowns may have put a halt to our on field activities but the club was a hive of activity and a welcome distraction throughout. These efforts afford us a fantastic opportunity to hit the ground running this season and that wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers, coaches, committees and officers who have maintained operations, our clubhouse and grounds for the past 12 months. We’ve never been a club to stand still and wait and that certainly didn’t change last year. In the planned relocation of the club, it sees us embark on the biggest project since first breaking ground in Gordon Park in 1977. We owe a massive debt to all members, the development sub-committees and the Executive whose contributions have made this fantastic opportunity possible.
 
With so much happening off the field, it could be easy to forget the most important reason any of us drive through the gates – the rugby. I would like to wish our club captains, Marcus and Shona, all players, coaches and support teams every success for the campaign ahead. If the past year has proved anything to us, it is that if we continue to work hard, take care of each other and keep a smile on our faces, we as a club are capable of anything. May every success follow those efforts.
 
Lastly, I just want to wish each and every one of you a fantastic season ahead and I am really looking forward to catching up with old faces and getting to know a few new ones too.
 
Yours in rugby,
 
Kevin Cullen
President, Clondalkin RFC, 2021/22
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Tim O’Connor 2021 Golf Classic Sponsors

Massive thank you for all the generous support from our members, supporters, and the wider business community. Without you we would not be in a position to develop the game or the facilities in our club 🙏🏌️💛💙
 
Main Sponsors
  1. Meagher Moynihan Chartered Accountants
  2. ABS Building Supplies
  3. LibraTrans
  4. M&G Hygiene
 
Company Sponsors
  1. 9th Lough Takeaway
  2. ABC Catering Supplies
  3. Bill Griffen Motors
  4. Brian Doyle Construction
  5. Cagney Contract Cleaning
  6. Cill Dara Pest Control
  7. CL Construction
  8. Clear Financial
  9. Clenli
  10. Clondalkin Under 18’s
  11. Clonmel Enterprises
  12. CRFC Men’s Senior Team
  13. Crofton Interiors
  14. Discount DIY
  15. Flexi Equine
  16. Greenman Investments
  17. Greg Phillips Audio
  18. Harris Turf Improvements
  19. Height for Hire
  20. IT Force
  21. JW Balfour
  22. Leopardstown Golf Centre
  23. Mannings
  24. Moloney Motors
  25. Nationwide Safety Training
  26. O’Hara Cars
  27. PAT Solutions
  28. Rathfarnham Ford
  29. RDC Contracts Ltd
  30. Red Electrical Engineering
  31. Rhino Rugby Supplies Ltd
  32. Sage
  33. SCEG Consulting
  34. Standard Control Systems
  35. The Carr Brothers
  36. The Wedgies
  37. Tico Mail Works
  38. Uniformity
  39. United Hardware
  40. Vital Computing
  41. Williams Electrical
  42. Eurospar Ballyowen
  43. TEROCO Windows & Doors
  44. Landmark Architectural Salvage
 
Individual Club Member Sponsors
  1. Adrian Noone
  2. Alan Bracken
  3. Brian O’Kearney White
  4. Donal O’Brien
  5. Gerry Gilligan
  6. Killian Fitzsimons
  7. Liam Connolly & Friends
  8. Patrick & Garvan Cagney
  9. Paul Garrigan
  10. Aidan Delamere
  11. Paul Markey & Jim Phelan
  12. Philly Byrne
  13. Vincent Quinn
  14. William O’Kearney White
  15. Winston Jebb
  16. Ciaran Collins
  17. Eugene Noble
 
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Tim O’Connor 2021 Golf Classic

Friday 13th August saw all roads lead again to Beech Park Golf Club for our annual Tim O’Connor Golf Classic.
 
Clondalkin RFC would like to thank everyone who attended and/or contributed to the event.
 
More than 100 golfers completed 18 holes of golf. It is your participation that once again made this outing an overwhelming success.
 
Special thanks to all our Tee Sponsors as well as our venue host, Beech Park Golf Club.
 
Special thanks to our Main Sponsors Meagher Moynihan Chartered Accountants, ABS Building Supplies, LibraTrans and M&G Hygiene.
 
Without the generous support of our members, supporters, and the wider business community we would not be in a position to develop the game or the facilities in our club.
 
We also want thank our organisers Pat Cagney, Gerry Gilligan, Kieran Phelan, Adrian Noone, PRO Vinny Quinn and our Commercial Committee.
 
The event saw a very tight result, with Philly Byrne and his team emerging victorious.
 
1st place:
Philly Byrne’s Team – 94 pts
 
2nd place:
M&G Hygiene Team – 90 pts (Back Nine)
 
3rd place:
Willie White’s Team – 90 pts
 
Winning Ladies:
Lisa Lynam’s Team – 70 pts
 
Nearest the PIN:
Andreo Kavanagh
 
Nearest the Pin Ladies
Mags – Tico
 
We look forward to seeing you all again for another sell out golf classic in 2022 🙏🏌️💛💙
 
#fundraiser #ReturntoRugby #FromTheGroundUp #CRFC
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RIP Colette Cullen

Dear Members,
 
On behalf of all at Clondalkin RFC we would like to express our deepest condolences to Martin, Ciarán, Kevin and Shane Cullen on the passing of their beloved wife and mother Colette.
 
The Cullen family is a huge part of Clondalkin RFC in every way and are the very foundation that our club is built on. Martin fondly known as The Doc to most never misses a game and was always involved with the senior teams when his son’s were playing. Shane the youngest of the Cullen brothers is a passed player and has been back to the club on many occasion’s to support his older brothers. Ciarán better known as Cux is a former club captain and also spent many season coaching the senior sides too. Kevin fondly known as Polar or Polar Bear is our current President and is also a former Club Captain. The Cullen family are well known by most members and past members of the Club, as the Cullen brothers have all had big roles within the club Colette would often attend dinners and events to proudly support her family.
 
I know that members would like to express their sympathies but due to COVID restrictions will not be in a position to do so. The Cullen family have asked that anyone that knew Colette would take time to light a candle and say a prayer for her over the coming days.
 
The funeral mass will be shared online via the rip link below.
 
Once again on behalf of all at Clondalkin RFC we would like to express our deepest condolences at this sad time.
 
May she rest in peace.
 
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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.

 
The ever popular fundraiser is always a hugely enjoyable and successful event both socially and financially for the club.
 
Fundraising events are vital to the running of the club especially in these uncertain financial times. We are always looking for ways to improve the amenities for players and spectators. Without the generous support of our members, supporters and the wider business community we would not be in a position to develop the game or the facilities in our club.
 
We have ambitious plans and we are determined that the club will continue to thrive for many years to come for the benefit of its members and the community.
 
We would be delighted if you could enter a team for our golf day on the 13th and join us for an enjoyable day of sport and craic, while supporting the continued success of our Club.
 
Details of the event are as follows:
 
Friday, August 13th 2021
Beachpark Golf Club
4 Person Team Includes Meal €500
 
If you are not in a position to enter a team, but would like to play, we can arrange for you to join a team. If you are not available on the day, and would like to support the club, it would be great if you could see your way to sponsoring a hole.
 
All the options and details are included in the attachment. To register your interest in playing or sponsoring, please contact:
 
Pat Cagney on 086 254 1393
clonrugby@gmail.com
 
#leinsterrugby #fromthegroundup #CRFC #returntorugby #Clonettes
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U17s vs Balbriggan

Balbriggan u17s 12
Clondalkin u17s 21
 
Friday 25 June
 
Clon signed off on an interrupted 2020/21 season with a solid win in Balbriggan in an evenly contested game. Missing a lot of players through injury, every one of the 17 available men put in a big shift and the coaches will be happy with the first up tackling in particular.
 
A pre-match downpour made for tricky conditions and both sides took time to settle into the game but the yellow wall kept the home side at bay and Nathan DeBotte, Dave Hughes, Tarik Aitamor and debutant Luke Groome all made key contributions. In the scrum, a strong front row of Ben Fallon Corcoran, Jake Lusk Browne and captain Louis Lavin more than held their own whilst no.8 Manny Muritala was a constant threat in the loose.
 
In the first half, it was two identical tries from Jack Brennan that gave Clon the lead with Brennan on both occasions running from deep with a burst of speed that left the Balbriggan defence scrambling. He converted both himself to leave it 14 nil at the break.
 
The home team made changes at half time and saw an immediate impact with a couple of tries after some great offloading in the tackle to bring them back to 14.12. Dylan O’Sullivan and Conor Branigan switched roles between 9 and wing and both kept the opposition on their toes in attack and worked tirelessly in defence. No. 12 Dylan Clarke made several of his trademark crunching tackles at key moments and Luke Noone’s positioning at full back was excellent. No. 10 Cathal Downey had a big influence on the game, setting up Brandon Graham who made several clever kicks to pin Balbriggan back and the speed and power of John Velez was on show yet again.
 
As the clock ticked down, Clon upped the pressure and a series of penalties and quick taps saw them march into the home 22 and it was Muritala who burst through for the all important try to seal the win with Brennan once again adding the extras. There was still time for more but Ewan Lester went on a storming run that led to another penalty for Clon and the men in yellow were able to close out the game from there and set themselves up nicely for the summer break.
 
Special mention to the injured Craig O’Brien, Nathan Mazingu and Luke Swayne who came out to support their team mates. With warm hospitality from our hosts who laid on a fine spread for the lads after the game, we can all now hopefully look forward to a full season in the autumn and the unlocking of the great potential in the squad.
 
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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 clonrugby@gmail.com 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

Please download the attached Consultation Document for further information and details of how to offer your feedback.

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EGM – 6th May 2021 @ 8pm

Dear club members,
 
On behalf of the directors and executive committee of Clondalkin Rugby Football Club Company Limited by Guarantee, we hereby give notice of the resumption of our Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).
 
The meeting will be held at 8.00pm 06th May 2021, via Zoom.
 
The agenda for the meeting is as follows;
 
  1.  An update in relation to the club grounds and the current Proposal.
 
Only paid up members are invited up to attend. If your subs are not paid in full to date or you are not in an arrangement to do so, please do so before the meeting. Details can be found here http://clondalkinrugby.com/pages/membership
 
Should you wish to attend please confirm by responding by email to una_maguire2002@yahoo.com and a link for the EGM will be shared with those members on the day.
 
Kind regards,
Úna Maguire
Hons. Secretary
Clondalkin Rugby Football Club
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