Monday 22 October 2018

Huge boost for north midlands

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Pupils from Scoil Phadraig in Co Kildare
Pupils from Scoil Phadraig in Co Kildare

Kildare Sports Partnership have started a sports programme in Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Athy.

Tag rugby is one of the sports on the agenda for the participants and Leinster Rugby, in conjunction with Athy RFC, delivered a taster session on Thursday, November 16.

The programme is being co-ordinated by Aine Buggy, sports inclusion disability officer for Kildare Sports Partnership, and is open to children with disabilities who attend in Scoil Phádraig Naofa on Wednesdays from 4-5pm.

The rugby programme is facilitated by Athy RFC CCRO Tadhg Kelleher and north midlands CRO Joe Carbery.

The follow-up to the taster session will be a six-week programme starting on Wednesday, January 17 next year.

The session content will be based around the kids having fun followed by developing the players' core agility, balance and co-ordination, with the core skills of rugby - the pass, run and evasion - also a priority.

At this stage the programme has roughly 15 participants and is well supported by the parents of the children.

The programme highlights the developing and ongoing relationship Leinster Rugby and the north midlands rugby clubs have with Kildare Sports Partnership.

For any further information on any of the points mentioned above or rugby in general in the north midlands area please contact Joe Carbery on 0857618645 or

Wicklow youngsters show great promise

Wicklow RFC's minis travelled far and wide last Sunday morning for a range of friendlies and blitzes. The club's U-8s, U-9s, U-11s and U-12s were in action throughout the south-east.

Wicklow's U-8s made the short trip north to play Seapoint RFC in a friendly.

This was the first meeting between the two clubs for the 2010 age grade and both sides fielded two teams with four matches played.

The U-9s made the trip to Leixlip to take on a gathering of Leinster's finest U-9s in a multi-team blitz in Barnhall RFC.

The Wicklow players took on teams from Blackrock, Wanderers, Mullingar and Barnhall. The lads and lasses put on a sterling display against excellent opposition.

The U-11s took on an eager Old Wesley outfit in the first meeting between these two sides and had the pleasure of playing on the 4G surface at Donnybrook.

A great competition ensued between two well-drilled teams.

Wicklow's U-12 boys were on home turf on Sunday morning when they entertained their counterparts from Enniscorthy RFC in Ashtown Lane. Again, conditions were perfect for rugby and both sides put on some sparkling displays.

Wicklow's 2009 and 2010 age grades are looking to expand and would love to hear from boys and girls born in those years interested in rugby. See or for details.

Students show off skills in tag blitz

Last week in Ringsend Stadium more than 450 5th and 6th class students from primary schools across Dublin city competed in a tag rugby blitz hosted by Leinster Rugby CROs (community rugby officers).

Among the schools that attended were St Louis (Rathmines), Our Lady's NS (Dundrum), Holy Family (Tallaght), Lucan East Educate Together, Gaelscoil Naomh Phádraig, St Brigid's (Donnybrook), St Olaf's (Dundrum), St Mary's (Booterstown), Our Lady Immaculate Darndale, St Brigid's (Killester), Howth Road NS and Terenure Junior School.

All participants showed great commitment preparing for the big day and it showed on the pitch with a high level of skill and sportsmanship, and plenty of fun had by everyone.

Thanks must go to the staff from each of the schools for attending the blitz and helping to make the day a huge success.

Thank you also to the pupils for togging out and turning the day into a competitive and good-natured event, enjoyed by the teachers and parents in attendance.

If any schools or youth clubs in the Metro area would like to participate in the tag rugby programme please contact the following community rugby officers:

Dublin City

Ken Knaggs (South East)

Phone: 085 8285730


Stephen Maher (North West/Central)

Phone: 086-1994569


Ray McCabe (North Central)

Phone: 083-4631065


Gareth Murray (South Central)

Phone: 085 7341464


Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Adam Griggs

Phone: 085-1563332


South Dublin

Kieran Hurrell

Phone: 087-6462189


Ken Moore

Phone: 087-2832989



Stephen Costelloe

Phone: 087-9844168


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