I am delighted and very honoured to be the President of UCD RFC for the 2017/18 season. I have many happy memories of my playing days in the St. Patrick’s blue over the years where friendships were formed on the rugby fields of Belfield and beyond,and have continued for many years.
I would like to pay a tribute to my predecessor Paul Keenan who was an exceptional President and who brought to his presidency great energy and enthusiasm. The club owes Paul a significant debt of gratitude for his diligence and hard work during the past season. The club made a lot of progress particularly in the Womens and Tag Rugby areas.
We look forward to yet another successful year in 2017/18 under the guidance of Collie Condon, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Bobby Byrne, Director of Rugby. The club has been consistently competitive in Division 1A of the AIL in recent years. We have also enjoyed great success in the U20s, Junior and Women levels. I wish Jamie Glynn, Club Captain, and all the other captains, players and coaches our collective best wishes for another successful season.
We are very appreciative of the input to the Club of many people at all levels and, especially, the continued support of our advertisers and sponsors. I particularly wish to thank our main Club sponsor, Crowe Horwath, for their continued sponsorship of the Club which is greatly appreciated. We should also acknowledge our University’s unique contribution in providing the best playing and training facilities in the country.
I would ask you to encourage rugby players of all abilities attending UCD to play rugby with Collidge whilst studying on campus. It is a once-off opportunity to play for one of the great rugby clubs in the country with its excellent facilities enhanced by the magnificent Sport and Fitness Centre. As a rugby club, we are fortunate in that we have many members who contribute actively to our activities and events. We really appreciate their support. We are always delighted to see new members and supporters who wish to contribute to our Club.
All the best for coming season and thank you for supporting UCD Rugby Club.
Yours in rugby