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Thursday 16 August 2018

Veteran Ian still setting standard at champs Boyne

The great success that has been achieved by Boyne RFC over the past three years in winning two PTCs and winning the Division 1A league this season, will see many plaudits being handed out.

There is one individual in the club who has defied all the odds to be a major part of this successful period and his achievement should be an inspiration to all young players.

Rugby football has been a part of Ian O'Reilly's life since he was a very young child. His father, Marty, played for Delvin RFC in the 1970s and ever since Ian could walk he accompanied his father to all the games. He graduated to adult rugby at a young age and was also an outstanding athlete, taking part in several marathons. As time progressed, the fateful amalgamation between Delvin RFC and Drogheda RFC took place and Ian's dedication to training continued in the new club.

Ian saw many of his fellow players retire, but he persevered and won PTC medals at thirds and seconds levels.

In his 30s by now, he continued to train and retain his enthusiasm and Ian was an ever present in the second row for the club's inaugural Towns Cup victory in 2009. He moved to the back row to win a second Towns Cup.

Does retirement beckon for Ian? Not at all, after adding another achievement to his career in winning the Leinster League Division 1A at 38. Such commitment deserves a very special mention.

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