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Three of a kind at Gordon Park

Three proved to be the magic number for Clondalkin Rugby Club last week as they lifted a record three cups in five whirlwind days.

The Gordon Park outfit enjoyed a final feast and collected silverware in the Towns Plate, Lawlor Cup and Speirs Cup with victories on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The final festival was a fitting end to what proved to be a record-breaking season as the first, second and fourth strings completed an amazing rugby hat-trick.


The first team inflicted defeat on North Kildare for the third time this term to claim their first ever Towns Plate. The second string emerged victorious over Portlaoise in a dogged decider.

And last, but certainly by no means least, Paddy Lawlor converted with the last kick of the game to complete a Lazarus-style comeback for the fourth string. Lawlor showed nerves of steel to slot over from 22 yards to inflict a single-point defeat to Naas in front of a massive crowd that included Leinster and Ireland star Jamie Heaslip.

"It is beyond brilliant. It is amazing, but it's well deserved. The work that has been put in from the coaches, committee and players has been immense this season," club captain Dan Fitzpatrick explained.

"The players got the medals but these wins mean a lot for a lot of people.

"We have broken so many records this year and that doesn't happen without a mammoth effort. I know the other captains said there were too many people to thank but they were delighted with the level of support for each of the finals.

"Hundreds turned up for each decider and that just shows the atmosphere in the club at present. We will go away and enjoy these victories now but will be back ready to do it all and more again next year."