Monday 28 May 2018

Leinster Club News: Blues boys give it socks for Aware fundraiser

Ross Molony, Cian Healy and Devin Toner wearing their socks in support of the ‘Happy Sock’ appeal in aid of mental health. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ross Molony, Cian Healy and Devin Toner wearing their socks in support of the ‘Happy Sock’ appeal in aid of mental health. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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In support of World Mental Health Week (October 9-15), luxury retailer Brown Thomas has partnered with mental health organisation Aware to encourage men to look after their mental well-being, in addition to raising vital funds for the organisation's nationwide services.

And Leinster Rugby players Devin Toner, Cian Healy and Ross Molony were more than happy to support Aware and their Happy Socks appeal this week in Leinster HQ as one of two Leinster charity partners for the season.

Anyone looking to support the Aware Happy Socks appeal can purchase a Happy Socks gift box that contains three pairs of their funky, colourful socks, at the Brown Thomas Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway stores. They are also available online at BrownThomas.com.

Priced at €30, all proceeds will be donated to Aware and will help raise funds for the charity's nationwide support, education and information services for individuals impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and other mood-related disorders.

Empowering people to look after their mental health is an integral part of Aware's work with adult, school and workplace-based education and training programmes delivered nationwide.

For more information on Aware services, please visit www.aware.ie

Digital marketing manager Conor Sharkey speaking at the annual PRO seminar. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Digital marketing manager Conor Sharkey speaking at the annual PRO seminar. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Seminar sure to be of benefit to PROs

Do you want to get news about your club or school into the Irish Independent every Friday?

Or maybe get some content into the official Leinster match day programmes? Or what about onto the Leinster Rugby website? Or how do you take the best action picture that your local media or club website can use? Or for the very ambitious how best to get your local game out to the masses through online streaming? Want to know how best to go about all of this? Well wonder no more!

Leinster Rugby is delighted to announce that this year's PRO seminar will be taking place Wednesday next, October 18 at 7pm in Bank of Ireland Montrose, Stillorgan, Dublin 4.

The seminar is aimed at anyone volunteering in marketing, communications or social media within a rugby club or school, and is free for all to attend.

The aim of the seminar is to educate all affiliate club and school Public Relation Officers in Communications/PR and Social Media.

The seminar will be hosted by Lisa Doyle, Domestic Marketing Executive, along with a number of impressive guest speakers.

Speakers include: Marcus Ó Buachalla, Communications Manager for Leinster Rugby; Conor Sharkey, Digital Marketing Manager for Leinster Rugby; John Sherwin, Director, Videos on the Net (Leinster TV); Ramsey Cardy, Sportsfile (Leinster club photographer); Barry Lambkin, Portarlington RFC PRO; Jacinta O'Rourke, Domestic PR Committee Chairperson

To book your place now, contact jacintaorourke@gmail.com by stating your name, club/school and position within your club/school.

Gráinne on board

Gráinne Vaughn is the new face of Leinster Rugby within Edenderry RFC after joining the team this season as their Club Community Rugby Officer (CCRO).

Gráinne loves her new role and tells us her favourite part of the job is teaching and having fun with the kids as they always brighten up her day.

Gráinne covers national and secondary schools in her area, introducing kids to the game by playing tag rugby and later building into contact by coaching the kids into learning to play the Leinster way. She also does a lot of work within her club, coaching the underage girls teams and even finding time to play her own rugby with Edenderry RFC.

Gráinne explains her average day as CCRO: "Rise up early and head to the schools, normally training three schools per day. Then after dinner I head to my club Edenderry RFC and help out with the youth team including our new U-16 & U-18 girls. Then to unwind I head over to the other pitch and join in with my own ladies training. Then home to relax and plan more sessions."

Gráinne has great plans to grow rugby within Edenderry RFC.

"I would like to continue developing my knowledge of the game by working with and learning from more experienced coaches by continuing to work with Leinster Rugby and hopefully get another few years of playing rugby myself," she adds.

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