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Captain of Ireland's Grand Slam winning team Fiona Coghlan with team-mate Nora Stapleton and Mary Quinn, Chairperson of the IRFU Women's Rugby Committee, join in the ten year celebrations of women's rugby in St Mary’s College RFC.

Captain of Ireland's Grand Slam winning team Fiona Coghlan with team-mate Nora Stapleton and Mary Quinn, Chairperson of the IRFU Women's Rugby Committee, join in the ten year celebrations of women's rugby in St Mary’s College RFC.

Captain of Ireland's Grand Slam winning team Fiona Coghlan with team-mate Nora Stapleton and Mary Quinn, Chairperson of the IRFU Women's Rugby Committee, join in the ten year celebrations of women's rugby in St Mary’s College RFC.

ST MARY'S Rugby Football Club are celebrating 10 years of women's rugby.

The women's team began with a few girls eager to get women playing in their local club.

This year, St Mary's senior side cemented their position in AIL Division One.

This season also saw the start of a women's development team, which has enhanced the momentum and energy of the women's squad, with some new members fast-tracked into the senior side.

The club's 10-year celebration has also seen the launch of the Youth Girls' Programme for girls aged from 13 to 18, which aims to reach out to the next generation of stars in women's rugby.

Club president Michael Fanagan said: "Congratulations to all involved in women's rugby over the past 10 years here in St Mary's RFC.

"With the continued support of the club and community, we hope to go from strength to strength over the coming years.

"We are all very excited at what the future holds for women's rugby in our club."

Women's senior captain Ann Marie Donovan said: "Women's rugby is now one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland, but it has been blossoming at St Mary's RFC over the last 10 years.

"We hope that with the continued support of the club and the passion and commitment from a fantastic group who put on the St Mary's jersey week in, week out, we will remain at the forefront of women's club rugby in Ireland."

Donovan feels it has been an honour to be captain.

"Having the opportunity to captain the squad in 2012/13 was not just an opportunity to give back to a club that has given me so many great memories and friends, it was also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and it is an honour to be captain."

Player Susan Carty said: "I was encouraged by teammates to get involved in the Leinster Women's Committee and that started a journey that led to a career in the game.

"In my job as the International Rugby Board women's development manager, I enjoy continued support from teammates and the club."

A celebration event to mark the last decade took place at St Mary's on Saturday and saw all past women's captains receive a memento from Ireland Women's captain Fiona Coghlan, who brought along the Grand Slam trophy, which Ireland hold.

IRFU Women's Rugby chairperson, Mary Quinn, also attended.


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