Friday 30 September 2016

St Brigid's celebrating 40 years

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

'The club mission is built around enjoyment, teaching the FUN-damentals of physical literacy to help kids to develop their sporting skills in a safe environment'
'The club mission is built around enjoyment, teaching the FUN-damentals of physical literacy to help kids to develop their sporting skills in a safe environment'

This year marks a significant milestone for one South Dublin club. Catering for children from U-6 to U-12s, St Brigid's RFC will officially be 40 years old this year.

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Located on the Old Bray Road close to Cornelscourt Village, the club was originally founded within St Brigid's Boys National School in Mart Lane' Foxrock and was the first National School to be affiliated to the Leinster Branch.

Over the years the club has gone from strength to strength with today over 220 players.

This is a far cry from 1976 when the club fielded only one team of 10 players. As part of the Metro Area structure, the club is run and coached by parents of the players, supported by the relevant training from the IRFU. Key to the club's success has been down to the 40-plus volunteers from coaches, administrators, and club officials giving up their time to drive the club every weekend - not to mention the parents supporting from the sidelines.

The club mission is built around enjoyment, teaching the FUN-damentals of physical literacy to help kids to develop their sporting skills in a safe environment.

On Saturday, March 5, the club will be holding a 'Lunchtime of Fund Raising Fun Games' with the 220 playing members followed by a 'Celebration Evening' for the 'not so young' parents!

These events will give the players the opportunity to use their skills and for parents to dig deep into their pockets to raise much-needed funds in support of an extremely worthwhile locally-based children's organisation that many people will be familiar with - The LauraLynn Children's Hospice.

The club will also be publishing a Commemorative Programme themed 'The Past, Present and Future' to showcase the positive contribution from St Brigid's RFC in the local community.

A great example of grassroots rugby in action. So here's to another 40 great years!

For more information on the event "TRYing for LauraLynn", contact David Magee /Gareth Morgan by email: 40years@StBrigidsRFC.ie and check out www.stbrigidsrfc.ie

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