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Comeback sees boys Bawn again

OLD BAWN had their first outing in the Leinster Development Cup recently against St Mac Dara's.

After the efforts from Phil Somers (teacher), the students and Niall Neville (Leinster Rugby CRO) to re-establish rugby in the school last year the lads gave a great account of themselves in this thrilling game.

Unfortunately on the day it was not to be for the school, but the feeling after the game was one of high spirits and enthusiasm.

Ardgillan show mettle on debut

Another name was added to the canon of Leinster Rugby playing schools when Ardgillan Community College played their first game this week. It was no ordinary debut for the students as the opposition was a touring side, Clwb Rygbi Crymych RFC, a Pembrokeshire side who feed Llanelli Scarlets.

Despite the gulf in standard and ability the commitment shown by the Balbriggan-based college meant that the game was competitive throughout. Hero of the hour went to Gareth Green who finished off a thrilling handling move to sprint home for the College's first ever score.

Great credit goes to Conor Brennan and Paul Shields, teachers at the College who have conceived the project, and Leinster Rugby intern, Simon Lear, who has provided invaluable coaching help since September.

Back to school for 'Mun teachers

Last week Trinity Comprehensive was the location as teachers from the Ballymun area gathered to expand their rugby knowledge.

Leinster Rugby's CRO for the DCC area Jack Hanratty tutored on the day and commented: "The great work of development officers over the last three years has continued with Leinster Rugby CCRO for Unidare RFC and Ballymun regeneration Colm Finnegan, whose participation in both the schools and the community has been a great link for the rugby club." The day itself was attended by teachers, Trinity Comprehensive scholarship students and Unidare RFC members.

Blues fans fly flag in charity race

Leinster supporters Barbara Ward and Fiona Slevin (pictured) recently brought the Leinster flag to Malaysia as they were taking part in the first ever IDBF (International Dragon Boat Federation) Cancer Survivors World Cup 2011.

Barbara and Fiona are members of a breast cancer support group called Plurabelle Paddlers. They were delighted to pick up both silver and bronze medals at the Cancer Survivors World Cup last week. They have made a video diary which they hope will win a prize in the "Better Together" online competition.