When I joined the Club in September 1978 Jim Geoghegan was the President with Gary Coakley the Captain and John O’Donnell the Captain of the Freshers. It was a great introduction to rugby after school and helped greatly in meeting fellow players from all the different faculties and making great friends which I still have today.
Currently the club is in a great place with excellent structures led by Chairman Collie Condon, Chairman of Rugby Tom Kavanagh and Director of Rugby Bobby Byrne. They oversee the very successful running of the club both on and off the pitch.
A special word also for those who organise the big events with their sub-committees. J. P. McDowell for the Annual Dinner, Mark Thorne and Shane Geraghty for the Business Launch and Jody Fanagan for the golf outing. I look forward to working with them all throughout the year and hope most of you will attend at least one of these events.
I would encourage you to attend the First XV and under 20s matches in Belfield on Saturdays and Sundays during the season. Your support is always appreciated by the players and it is an enjoyable way to meet up with old friends and past players.
There is a bar on campus upstairs in the Student Bar which is our Club House Bar. Everyone is welcome to the lunch before the AIL games or for a drink after the match.
I congratulate my predecessor Terry Buckley who had a great year last year with his entertaining and witty speeches at various lunches and dinners throughout the season.
Collidge has recently introduced the role of a Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President and I look forward to working with Kevin Molony and David Carrigy in the coming season.
I wish our Captain Alex Penny every success in the forthcoming season and I look forward to seeing you at the various matches and events throughout the season.