St Brigid's mark 40 years by helping out LauraLynn
This year marked a significant milestone for one South Dublin-based club.
Catering for children from U-6s up to U12s, St Brigid's RFC was officially 40 years old back in March. 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, the first national school to be affiliated to the Leinster Branch.
Over the years the club has gone from strength to strength and today there are over 220 players. This is a far cry from 1976 when the club fielded only one team of 10. 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 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 last, the club held a 'Lunchtime of Fundraising Fun Games' with the 220 playing members followed by a 'Celebration Evening' for the not-so-young parents!
These events gave 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 - the LauraLynn Children's Hospice.
At the time of going to print, the club had raised €8,610 for LauraLynn and at its end-of-season event, the club, along with Leinster CRO Adam Griggs, proudly presented a cheque to Elizabeth O'Riordan from LauraLynn to help with the running of their fantastic Children's Hospice.
St Brigid's RFC (www.stbrigidsrfc.ie) - another great example of grassroots rugby in action. So here's to another 40 great years!