Tuesday 22 May 2018

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Maurice Logue (CRO, South Leinster) visited New Ross RFC last Saturday morning as part of Leinster on-going commitment to help develop coaches at Stage 1 of the Long term player Development Programme.

Maurice viewed the session and was impressed with the great numbers and the organised coaches. He helped with the Under-12's and after the session he held a workshop with the coaches.

The workshop consisted of handling, passing, decision making and tackling. To see these skills in action a game was held between coaches and they were coached through the game with the idea of helping them to understand how to do it during games with the underage.


The 37th Gale Cup final features the defending holders Tullow against first time finalists Enniscorthy and will be staged at Co. Carlow RFC on Sunday, 12th February (KO: 3pm).

First staged in 1978 (winners Roscrea) the Leinster Under 21 competition commemorates the late Harry Gale, a member of Railway Union who served as Hon. Junior Secretary of the Leinster Branch. To date 18 Clubs have won the Cup with Navan heading the winner's table with 6 wins, followed by Roscrea (5) and Tullamore (4).

Tullow are appearing in their 3rd Gale final and defeated Wanderers in last year's final and were runner up to Roscrea in the 1983 final.

The Tullow team were undefeated in their seven Gale Cup League fixtures with wins against Portlaoise (24-3), CYM (24-0), Bective (36-16), Guinness (44-0), Enniscorthy (37-17), Malahide (34-7) and Ashbourne (43-3) and in the process scoring 244 points and conceding 46 points. They defeated CYM in the Play Off by 20 points to nil to reach a consecutive final.

Enniscorthy won 5 of their 7 Gale Cup League fixtures with wins against CYM (22-8), Portlaoise (48-0), Guinness (18-12), Bective (62-10) and received a walk over from Malahide. They lost to Ashbourne (38-8) and Tullow (37-17) to finish as runner up in the League section and in the process scoring 175 points and conceding 105 points. In the Play Off Enniscorthy recorded a 28 points to 17 points win over Malahide.


Coolmine RFC are holding a 'Six Nations Club Day' on Saturday, 17th March to coincide with St. Patrick's Day and Ireland's Six Nations game against England.

The evening event will feature live music and supper with tickets costing €10 per person. Our club draw for €1,000 will also take place that evening.

Programme of events: 2pm - Youths and Mini's Rugby Festival; 5pm - Ireland v England on the Big Screen; 8.30pm - Paddy's Night Bash featuring live music and supper (tickets €10); 10pm - Club Draw.

For tickets to the Paddy's Night Bash contact: Kevin - 085 7335536, Dermot - 086 8166920, Pat - 087 8118943, Joe - 087 2375008. All Welcome (bring family and friends).


Presentation College, Carlow received the Active School Flag on Friday January 27th from the Department of Education and Skills in recognition of their schools' endeavours to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community.

To achieve this Presentation College had to: 1. Commit to a process of self-evaluation in terms of the P.E. and physical activity opportunities that we offer

2. Plan and implement a series of changes that will enhance P.E. and extracurricular provision and promote physical activity

In order to apply for the Active School Flag, a lengthy application had to be filled in. There were 15 areas to be covered and one of these areas applied to National Government Bodies.

Wes Whitten, the Carlow Rugby Development Officer has been an invaluable help to the school in Presentation College with providing many comprehensive coaching sessions to their students in rugby.

He has also organised many matches for both the girls and boys against other schools.Presentation College are very grateful to Wes for all that he has done in the school to help them in their achievements of the Active School Flag.


Tullamore have reached the final of this competition for the third time and will play Monivea on Saturday, 18th February at 2.30pm in Dubarry Park, Athlone.

Tullamore defeated Westport last Saturday 21-08 with tries from Rory Deverell, David Milne and Colin Hughes and two penalties from captain Aaron Deverell.

Leinster sides Navan, Seapoint as well as Tullamore have previously won this cup that started in 2006.

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