Thursday 29 September 2016

Leinster branch and Garda RFC honour 'Mr Boots' Ray Campion

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Ray Campion's distinguished career within rugby including being a founder member of the Garda RFC in 1965
Ray Campion's distinguished career within rugby including being a founder member of the Garda RFC in 1965

The Leinster Branch Metropolitan Area in conjunction with Garda RFC are hosting a three-course luncheon tomorrow in Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre to celebrate and acknowledge over 50 years of distinguished service and contribution by Ray Campion to Leinster rugby and indeed Irish rugby.

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Ray's distinguished career within rugby including being a founder member of the Garda RFC in 1965.

He played both wing-forward and second-row for the club for six seasons.

He was then elected to the Garda RFC executive committee where he served for many more years.

He was chairman of the club on five occasions - in 1985, 1988, 1996, 1997 and 2006.

Following his retirement from playing, Ray started to referee matches at junior Level and continued to officiate for many years.

He was elected junior secretary of the Leinster Branch where he served with distinction for four seasons from 1989 to 1993. He is a very active and well established member of the Leinster Branch Disciplinary Committee where he continues to hear cases.

Ray's immense contribution to rugby was acknowledged with the awarding of the IRFU Mr Boots Award.

Ray was elected President of Garda RFC for the 2008/09 season and also represented the club with distinction on the Metropolitan Area Committee for many years until he stepped down at the conclusion of the 2014/15 season.

If you wish to participate and support the luncheon, there are a limited number of tables available consisting of eight persons to a table which are available at €200 per table or at €25 per person.

Bookings and confirmations can be made through:

• Des Dillon at 086 8169459 or desdillon@iol.ie

• John Hester at 086 8282076 or john.b.hester@garda.ie

This will be a very special day for Ray with friends and colleagues who served and journeyed with Ray to celebrate his magnificent contribution to Leinster Rugby.

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