Malahide Gardaí turn blind eye to 16 fights in one night...whilst over 1,146 people have already bought ringside seats for Friday, 23rd September in The Wright Venue which is hosting the first ever Malahide White Collar Boxing event.
In all 32 "crash course trained" fighters, all putting their noses on the line for the charitable benefit of Malahide Rugby Club, St. Francis Hospice, Irish Cancer Society and Remember Us.
Sixteen of the fighters, led by Captain Ben O'Connor, hail from the recently formed Under-19 dream team, now evolving into the Rugby Academy for Under-20's at MRFC.
The other 16 are an eclectic mix of mature danger seekers including the likes of Barry Gibney who needs no introduction, as well as Bon Appetit Celebrity Chef Ollie Dunne and his brother Alan.
Ray Nolan, the serial dot.com entrepreneur and Billy Kelly are compromising their dignity for Irish Cancer and Remember Us, respectively. Malahide Tennis Clubs hopes ride on the speedy Glenn Troy whilst St Sylvester's GAA club's pride hangs on the shoulders of the still athletic Seamie Hynes, stalwart Declan Barnes, and the legendary player, Donal McCarthy. The Golf Club is represented by the shy and retiring Cormac O'Connor, expected to arrive in a shirt and tie.
50-year-old veteran Rugby star John O'Connell (AKA Camy) is not sure why he volunteered but he did and Mannix Smith of previous rugby glory is also flying the Rugby flag.
Mark Devoy represents all the hopes of the gym bunnies at his MU Gym and Richford Mtrs are throwing Richie Molloy into the Lion's Den, in the name of charity.
Gareth Downey is flying the Wright's flag solo, as the enigmatic Michael Wright has had to retire early owing to injury. Two other injuries compelling early exit have also plagued Java Republic's serial iron man, Dave McKernan, and April Flowers magnet Eddie Duffy.
Bank of Ireland are sacrificing Malahide's Brian Murphy and Fingal County Council are in the very safe hands of Eoghan O'Brien!
The event kicks off at 7pm on Friday, 23rd September at the Wright Venue.
People interested in attending should buy their tickets now, because once it sells out to capacity (circa 2,000), the doors will have to close on what promises to be a gruesome spectacle of unprecedented entertainment!
Get your tickets a.s.a.p at Gibney's off-licence.
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On Sunday, September 11th last, St. Mary's College RFC ran a successful open day in Templeville Road. All newcomers were welcome and the club had in excess of 1,000 visitors to enjoy mini, youth and women's rugby fun and games. There was plenty of food, drink and music on a great day which showcased Junior Rugby in the province.
George Hook, Brent Pope, Victor Costello and the Heineken Cup joined a number of Leinster players including current Captain Rhys Ruddock, prop Jack McGrath prop along with Academy players Ciaran Ruddock and Darren Hudson alongside with a large turnout from the St Mary's 1st XV.
The Heineken Cup arrived at midday and there were photo opportunities for all the young followers and their parents.
There were fun games offered to adults around the bouncing castle, and at 1pm Hook, Pope and Costello engaged in a question and answer session up in the Centenary bar. This was a highlight of the event with some tough questions handled with great professionalism for almost one hour.
Music kicked off at 2pm with the wonderful Ashling who closed the event at 4 pm in what was a great day for Junior rugby.
Clontarf FC, the Ulster Bank AIL Division 1 club based on the Northside of Dublin, has partnered with KrunkSoft to produce an iPhone app for its club members.
The app will provide members with instant access to club news and information from the latest news on the senior team to updates on Youth and Mini Rugby. Fixtures and results for all the clubs teams will also be accessible via the app.
Other features include the BullsEye which gives members access to a live webcam focused on the First Team pitch at Castle Avenue and a Club Locator which provides members with live GPS mapped directions to all other AIL clubs in Ireland.
John Glackin, President of Clontarf FC commented: "The demand for instant information and constant communication seems to be increasing. The App developed by KrunkSoft for Clontarf Rugby Club will enable us to meet this demand for our ever growing membership who wish to stay up to date with all that is happening and that is planned for the club. We are very privileged to be the first club in Ireland to have such a communications facility made available to us."
"Normally you buy an App for your iPhone but in this case people like me will be buying an iPhone for this App," continued Glackin.
KrunkSoft's Barry O'Mahony said: "We were delighted to work with Clontarf on this project. Communicating effectively with members is of the utmost importance to clubs with a large member base and we have provided Clontarf with an innovative new channel to reach their members. The club has continued to develop amid tough conditions over the past two seasons and we hope that the Clontarf FC App will help to continue this development."
The app is available free to download from iTunes. KrunkSoft is a bespoke mobile software development company based in Dublin.
The company works with companies looking to move into new and innovative communication channels.
Nearly 30 coaches attended the launch of Naas mini and youth section. David McKeown, Youth coordinator for Naas RFC, outlined their mission statement for 2011/12 highlighting the importance of the youth section in to a club and Maurice Logue and Stephen Gore, CRO's Leinster Rugby, followed up with a field session. The event was well attended by Mini and Youth coaches.
North Midlands and South East CCRO's recently held their first in service day in Tullow RFC. The day was a huge success with all 20 CCRO's in attendance and is one of three which are held annually.
These in service days are a proactive method of insuring that the CCRO's both old and new are aware of the ambitions of Leinster Rugby. Maurice Logue (CRO) and Jennie Bagnall (Leinster Women's, RDO) outlined the vital role the CCRO's play in the promotion of rugby in both schools and in local communities.
During these in service days CCRO's are given the opportunity to voice any concerns or issues that they may have it also provides an opportunity to draw on the experience of each of the coaches and discuss new techniques.
Over 380 patrons attended the Tullamore Lions / Tullamore Rugby Club Big Breakfast in the Tullamore Court Hotel last Saturday morning. A full Irish Breakfast was served from 8am. A piper from the Tullamore Pipe Band played the National Anthem just before the Ireland v Australia game at 9.30am and this got everybody singing and revved up for the match.
The match was shown on three giant screens and the organisers who did a great job could not have picked a better game. A draw was held after the match and Mark Lumley won the first prize of 4 tickets and a Limo ride to the Six Nations match against Wales in the Aviva Stadium next March.
The signed jerseys were won by Mick Flynn, Shane Buggy and John Tuohey.