Monday 18 December 2017

Temp Head


Coolmine secured their first senior silverware of the season with a Spencer Cup final victory over Garda. The local derby was played at Ashbrook with the final score ending up 30-0 to Coolmine.

However, the home side didn't have it all their own way, with the first score coming after 35 minutes, but Coolmine took advantage of a strong breeze in the second half, running in five tries in total.

Another home game next week could result in more silverware for the Dublin 15 side with the 2nd XV taking on Skerries. A bonus-point win would secure the league title with a game in hand. Coolmine will be hoping for a big crowd again to cheer the lads on to victory.

Meanwhile, Coolmine U13s played their last Leinster League game on Sunday against Bective.

Having already won the league, the game was predicted to be a walk in the park but nerves got the better of Coolmine in the first 20 minutes, and Bective crossed the line almost from the kick off -- only the fifth try Coolmine have conceded in the league.

It took Coolmine another 20 minutes to get back into the game and at half-time the score was 7-5 to Bective.

The second half was played mostly in Bective's half with Coolmine scoring three more tries to make the final score 22-7 to the home side.

Coolmine secured the title through last week's away victory to closest rivals Greystones.

This great achievement is testament to the dedication of the coaching staff, players and parents over the last few years. Well done to everyone.


Clontarf Unplugged, a showcase of up and coming musical talent, will take place in Clontarf Rugby Football Club tonight, from 9pm.

Eoin Glackin, whose debut album 'Not Lost' was released by Sony late in 2011, will headline the event. Emerging rock band Consumer Love Affair, who played Oxegen in 2011, will trial new material at the gig having taken time away from gigging following a hectic schedule last year.

Bonnie Ryan, the daughter of the late Gerry Ryan, will also perform. Ryan was formally part of girl group Lady Nada who supported Shayne Ward at the Dublin Spring Fair a couple of years ago.

Clontarf Unplugged showcases emerging musical talent from the north of Dublin and is open to the public with admission priced at €5. Full bar facilities will be available for patrons.


Killian Byrne is one of the contestants in RTé's Operation Transformation, currently showing on Wednesdays at 8pm.

Aged 39 and married to Maureen with two children Keith (7) and Katie (4), Killian runs his own company in the exhibition and events industry. Before the start of the series, he weighed 20st. He currently weighs 17st 2lbs with an episode to go.

Killian joined Old Belvedere from CUS in 1991. He played in two positions as a prop and hooker on the McCorry Cup Final side, and won a J3 medal when the late Yogi Hogan was coach.

Following a car crash in 2000 which ended his playing career, he joined the Leinster referees and 'blew' for six years. He has been fairly inactive for the last four years, hence his participation in the programme.

Operation Transformation encourages the nation to change their lifestyles for the better. With the help of five 'leaders', including a doctor, a fitness expert and a psychologist, they help people to examine what they eat, why they eat and increase their exercise over an eight-week period and beyond. Over 50,000 people signed up to follow the leaders in 2012.


A Leinster club is planning to establish a world record during the summer of 2012 for the country's fastest growing sport -- tag rugby.

PLAY Tag Festival 2012, run by Co Carlow FC over the weekend of June 15 and 16, is targeting an entry of almost 3,000 tag rugby players. This will gain the venture an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The festival was launched in Carlow by local rugby hero Sean O'Brien and former Leinster and Ireland out-half Mick Quinn. In attendance were local councillors, Failte Ireland, local businesses and sporting groups and neighbouring rugby clubs.

Alongside the tag rugby, PLAY Tag Festival 2012 will feature live music, family entertainment and provide a site and facilities for overnight campers.

As well as the attempt at the world record, the festival will raise funds for the ISPCC and the IRFU Charitable Trust for injured players.

Those interested in being part of this enjoyable weekend and Guinness World Record attempt can go to the festival website, www.playtagfestival.com, where teams can register. There is an early bird price available now of €300 per team. Teams plus substitutes are made up of between 12 and 15 players. Any individuals who are interested in playing can also register and all the details are on the website.

You can also follow all the latest news on Facebook at www.facebook.com/playtagfestival and also on twitter at @playtagfestival.com

For further information email playtagfestival@gmail.com


Al Moroney played for UCD during a golden era for the club when the 1st XV featured a number of Irish internationals. He was captain of the club in 1966-67 and won three international caps in the front row in the Sixties.

When he graduated from UCD, where he had studied medicine, he joined Bective Rangers FC where he played for several years.

Returning to UCD, he became a noted coach and mentor for generations of students.

He was president in 1986-87 and recipient of the club's alumni award in 1999-2000. For many years, together with his great friends Tony McLoughlin and Joe Cox, he organised the UCD RFC Annual Golf Classic in Royal Tara Golf Club. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in UCD.

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