Tuesday 18 June 2019

Historic evening as Balbriggan RFC turn sod on their new clubhouse

It was an historic evening at Balbriggan Rugby Footbal Club this weekend as the sod was turned for its new clubhouse.

The builders will move on-site this week, with the project due to be completed before Christmas.

Two children from the club, Daniel Cumisky and Tara Hickey had the honour of turning the sod.

Daniel is the fourthth generation of Cumisky to have played with Balbriggan RFC.

Daniel's great-grandfather Willie Cumisky was one of the founding members of the club which was founded in 1925.

In a fitting tribute to that link to the past, Daniel wore his great-grandfather's Towns Cup medal on his jersey.

Tara is a team-mate of Daniel. The land where Balbriggan RFC is located, was in her family for many generations.

These were two players with a link to the club's past, its present day, and also its future.

There was a great crowd in attendance at the ceremony including many local dignitaries.

The club is grateful to Lorcan Balfe, President of Leinster Rugby for taking time out from his very busy schedule to attend.

Thanks also goes to Senator James Reilly, and councillors Tony Murphy and Tom O'Leary for their support.

Also to be acknowledged are the club members, both past and present who turned out to witness this great occasion.

The sod turning marks the dawn of a new era for the great local club which is looking forward to a bright future and hoping for many wins to celebrate in its brand new clubhouse.

Fingal Independent