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Ashbourne's Grand day out!

ASHBOURNE RFC were fortunate to be guests at a reception for the Ireland Woman's team, hosted by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park.

In his speech, the minister praised the Woman's team for their achievements and the pride that we as a nation had in their Grand Slam victories this season.

Billy Glynn, President of the IRFU, addressed the gathering along with team coach Philip Doyle and Woman's captain Fiona Coghlan, who is also a Leinster player.

Ashbourne RFC, the host club for the home internationals, were also invited and there was a large turnout from the club. Ashbourne first hosted a re-scheduled game in the 2009 campaign against France and have hosted the games since.

It has become, as Fiona described it , "fortress Ashbourne and a lucky home for the team".



That said, you make your own luck as well and Ashbourne have been proud to see this team show the commitment and togetherness that has brought about the success this season and to help play a very small part in this international success.

Ashbourne RFC is a junior club located in Co Meath, 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, and has seen the hosting of these games as a recognition of its efforts in the development of its pitches and facilities, offering one of the best playing surfaces in the province.

The club continues to develop its facilities and is in the process of embarking on further work in the coming months on foot of success in being granted funds in the last round of the Sports Capital Grants allocation.

It is hoped that the club will add to its three floodlit pitches and expand its all-weather training area to the size of a full rugby pitch suitable for training. The club sees the investment in its facilities as a key strategy in the club's plans for growth and the development of its strong youth and girls programme as well as adult rugby.