Monday 22 January 2018

Holy Rosary NS programme another step in South Dublin

Leinster Rugby SDCC CRO Ken Moore with Leon Potts and Ruairi O'Donoghue
Leinster Rugby SDCC CRO Ken Moore with Leon Potts and Ruairi O'Donoghue Newsdesk Newsdesk

Leinster Rugby has had a growing presence in the South Dublin County over the last number of years. Currently there are two Community Rugby Officers co-funded by South Dublin County Council working in the area.

Boasting a population of around 190,000 people in the area, the opportunities to develop the sport and find the next Sean O’Brien is very exciting and achievable.

With a countless amount of schools and community groups, Leinster Rugby is trying to expand the game to as many new individuals as possible.

The two Community Rugby Officers, Tom McKeown and Ken Moore, have a strong presence in the local schools and run some interesting and exciting community based projects.

Holy Rosary NS is a primary school in Firhouse, Dublin 24.

Moore recently ran a Play Rugby programme with their 5th and 6th classes, coaching roughly 180 pupils through tag rugby and other fun rugby-based activities. The aim of this Play Rugby programme is to increase the rugby playing population in the county and to get more individuals playing in their local rugby clubs.

Leon Potts and Ruairí O’Donoghue are two students of Holy Rosary NS who play rugby for their local clubs.

Leon, who is a regular visitor to the RDS, plays for the U-12s in St Mary’s.

Ruairí, a talented out-half who is a big fan of Ian Madigan, plays his rugby for the Tallaght U-12s.

The object for Leinster Rugby is to recognise players who play for their club and attend a school that’s close by so that we can introduce Play Rugby programmes and get more of their classmates to join the local rugby team.

Leinster Rugby CROs ensure these players have a positive playing experience in both the school and club so that a pathway can be developed.

This is an exciting time for rugby in South Dublin.

The South Dublin Cup is a competition for all secondary students in the county.

With roughly 600 participants altogether competing in the boys’ and girls cups’, this is a competition that is eagerly awaited each year.

With new schools keen to come on board each term and the standard of play rapidly increasing all the time, we are very much looking forward to seeing where the next Leinster debutant will come from.

If you would like any more information about programmes being run in SDCC, don’t hesitate to contact Ken Moore at or Tom McKeown at


Kevin McCann RIP

The members of De La Salle Palmerston FC would like to offer their sincerest condolences to the family of Kevin McCann.

Kevin was a former president of Palmerston FC in 1982-83 and he sadly passed away at the weekend.

Thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

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