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Monday 22 October 2018

Mossie says goodbye to Swords rugby

SWORDS RFC waved goodbye to one of its most popular members as Mossie Merrigan left the club to return home to Limerick. Mossie had been at Swords for two years and had established himself as an important part of the backrow.A former City Jet employee, Mossie moved back home to take up a new post in Eirjet. A huge crowd from both work and the rugby club turned out in the Harp



By Robin Kiely

SWORDS RFC waved goodbye to one of its most popular members as Mossie Merrigan left the club to return home to Limerick. Mossie had been at Swords for two years and had established himself as an important part of the backrow.

A former City Jet employee, Mossie moved back home to take up a new post in Eirjet. A huge crowd from both work and the rugby club turned out in the Harp Bar last week to see him off and there were more than a few tears shed.

‘It was a great night and the big turnout from the rugby club made it all the more memorable,’ said Merrigan. ‘I’m really going to miss the camaraderie and friends I’ve made here. It was more like a family than a club at times and though I’m going home to Limerick, it won’t be the same.’

A big character in the dressing, Mossie matched his big frame with an even bigger personality and more than one club member was heard to remark on ‘how quiet the place is now.’

Having lined out for Shannon as a schoolboy, Mossie joined the then ALSAA rugby club in 2003 and made a big impact in his first year, where he toured San Diego at the end of the season. Injury curtailed his involvement to an extent last year though he still made some big impressions particularly from his role as impact substitute.

He will be definitely missed around the club and Swords RFC would like to wish him well in his new ventures.

After a rigurous pre-season programme, the number of new recruits is well into double figures and all will play some part in the coming weeks in friendlies before the league kick off in October.

The club would like to thank all those who attended the official launch day which was a great success. There have been a number of enquiries regarding underage rugby and Swords will hope to have details finalised in the next fortnight.



Finally, Swords would like to congratulate Mike Finnegan and his new bride Susan who were married last week.

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