Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kettle Festival a big success

Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30

Also honoured on the day was Fr Michael Shiel, who was a key driver of mini rugby across Ireland in the '70s (Stock photo)
Also honoured on the day was Fr Michael Shiel, who was a key driver of mini rugby across Ireland in the '70s (Stock photo)

The festival is named in honour of legendary Balbriggan man Tom Kettle. Tom helped reform Balbriggan RFC in the late 1960s and was at the forefront in developing Youths Rugby in Leinster and Ireland.

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Also honoured on the day was Fr Michael Shiel, who was a key driver of mini rugby across Ireland in the '70s.

The Festival was opened by president of Balbriggan RFC David McFadden. It was a hugely enjoyable day for the many hundreds of players and their families that participated with 27 teams from 17 clubs from all over Leinster involved.

Each team consisted of a squad of 16 players with eight competing at any one time on the pitch. The teams involved were; Athy, Arklow, Balbriggan, Bective , Carlow, Clondalkin, Edenderry, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Lansdowne, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Portarlington, Terenure, Tullow, Ratoath and Wanderers.

Special note to Portarlington and Edenderry Rugby club for being so accommodating and covering the games with spare players from their squads.

Also the creation of an ad hoc Barbarians side which played expansive open no fear passing rugby against a Tullamore side!

A huge thank you to Eamon D'Arcy, vice president of Balbriggan RFC.

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