Wednesday 21 March 2018

Pub fun quiz night for young rugby stars

Tony McBride, Mount Avenue and Pat Hughes, Blackrock
Tony McBride, Mount Avenue and Pat Hughes, Blackrock
Shane O'Reilly (left), Blackrock, Anthony Gonnelly, Shelagh and Gary O'Hanlon, Ard Easmuinn
Noel Connolly (left), Mount Avenue, Frank Crowley, Blackrock and Colm O'Brien, Blackrock
Shane O'Callaghan (left), Blackrock, Lorcan Kirk, Ard Easmuinn and Denis Cahalane, Blackrock
Chris McGeady, Blackrock and Derek Williams, Ardee Road
John Smith, Castletown Road and Ultan Murphy, Ravensdale

Dundalk After Dark

On Friday night I headed for Kennedys Bar where a very well attended table quiz was taking place as a fundraiser for the Dundalk Juvenile Rugby Club. The juveniles have 14 teams ranging in ages from under 5s to under 18s for both boys and girls.

I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with my old friend Lorcan Kirk from Willow Grove who was getting ready to do battle alongside Ultan Murphy from Ravensdale and they said their only worry was the team containing Peter Treanor.

So I headed over for a chat with Peter from Bridge Street who was with Pat Hughes from Blackrock and Tony McBride from Mount Avenue who were quietly confident!

Not too far away I met up with Noel Connolly from Mount Avenue who was alongside Colin O'Brien and Frank Crowley both from Blackrock, Declan Grennan from Mount Avenue sand Seamus Lennon from Dromiskin who told me they had their hearts set on 2nd place for some strange reason!

I then caught up with Shauna Martin from Ardee who was in the company of club captain David Whately also from Ardee and they were joined by Aidan Quigley who told me they were there to win and were looking forward to the quiz.

Making my way over to another table I got talking to Jonathan Daly from Kingswood who was with Roddy Large from Derry and Rodney Marron from Mullaharlin Road who told me none of them are involved with the club, but had been encouraged to take part by Cathal Myles from Laytown who couldn't make it himself.

After this I made my way over for a word with Brendan and Sharon Arrowsmith from Bay Estate who told me their Sean is a hooker with the club and they were joined by their neighbours Majella and Stephen Murphy who were in form to score some serious points.

Not too long later I got talking to Jamie Farrell from Cooley who told me about his Aoibheann Pink Tie Fundraiser which is coming up in the near future and he has secured two tickets for the Ireland V England game in March as the main prize and anyone interested in taking part in the raffle can get tickets from him or any committee members of Cooley Kickhams.

Jamie was there on the night with his parents Gerry and Stephanie, brother Robert and Katie Schuls from Darver and when I asked how they were going to do, Gerry replied 'we're gonna take home the bacon'.

Next I met up with an interestingly eclectic packed team who included a DkIT lecturer, an ex-student of the DkIT and entrepreneur and they included Gerry Coleman form Carrick Road, Michael Murphy from Knockbridge and Ronán MacRuairí from Blackrock who weren't giving too much away but safe to say they had the trailer attached to the car outside to facilitate the taking home of all the silverware.

Making my way over to another table I then caught up with Nicholas Cunningham from Meadow Grove who was there with Oliver Callan form Ballybarrack, Darren Crilly from Knockbridge and Orla Crilly from Pearse Park who called their team 'The Donalds', but unfortunately not too many of them had mastered the quiff properly.

Up near the bar I got a word with Ray O'Gorman from Toberona who was enjoying the u21s rugby on the tv and wanted to wish the club all the best with their fundraiser.

Finally, before I departed I got talking to the well-known Cork man John Fitzpatrick from Knockbridge who was with wife Elizabeth who were ready to do battle alongside under 15s coach Michael and Grainne Galbriath from Carrick Road.

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