Friday 20 July 2018

Leinster Club News: Players show support for busy homeless centre

Br Sean Donohoe (l) and Br Kevin Crowley with Rory O’Loughlin, Luke McGrath, Bryan Byrne, Dan Leavy, Ed Byrne, Peadar Timmins, Michael Bent and Nick McCarthy. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Br Sean Donohoe (l) and Br Kevin Crowley with Rory O’Loughlin, Luke McGrath, Bryan Byrne, Dan Leavy, Ed Byrne, Peadar Timmins, Michael Bent and Nick McCarthy. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Leinster Rugby players visited the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless in Dublin city centre last week to drop off warm Canterbury of New Zealand clothing ahead of the expected cold snap in the coming weeks.

Leinster and Ireland rugby player Dan Leavy was one of those in attendance and having met the volunteers and the clients at the centre said: "Rugby Players' Ireland have provided a number of opportunities for Leinster players over the last few months to volunteer in Dublin city centre with the homeless and this initiative by Canterbury and Leinster was another opportunity that the players were keen to get behind.

"Brother Kevin and his staff in the Capuchin Day Centre have been doing great work for years and hopefully this small gesture will help towards their endeavours."

Br Kevin Crowley, founder and CEO of the Capuchin Day Centre, said: "Homelessness in Ireland is still at crisis point and we need to keep that front of mind. It's a great boost to us all here today to have Leinster Rugby visit and to help us keep the issue in the public domain this winter."

Leinster Rugby also donated a signed jersey and match tickets to help with Br Kevin's fundraising efforts over the coming weeks.

For further information or to donate to the Capuchin Day Centre please visit capuchindaycentre.ie

Seán O’Brien Hall of Fame Award winner Joe Kavanagh, Irish defence coach Andy Farrell, IRFU president Philip Orr and former Leinster president Robert McDermott. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Seán O’Brien Hall of Fame Award winner Joe Kavanagh, Irish defence coach Andy Farrell, IRFU president Philip Orr and former Leinster president Robert McDermott. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Award for Junior stalwart

This season, a group of like-minded people in Leinster Rugby came together with the aim of raising the profile of the Leinster Junior team.

The group's aims were to develop and grow the Leinster Junior team and to afford it every opportunity to be successful in this year's and subsequent inter-provincial championships.

The committee was led by former Leinster Rugby president Robert McDermott.

From this committee came the idea of a Leinster Junior dinner and the presentation of a Hall of Fame award. Last Saturday that idea came to fruition.

At the Ballsbridge Hotel, more than 250 people from rugby clubs across Leinster attended a dinner, before the Leinster v Ulster match in the RDS, to celebrate Junior rugby in the province and the Leinster Junior inter-provincial team.

The dinner also saw the presentation of the inaugural Seán O'Brien Hall of Fame Award.

The five nominees for the award were nominated from the areas that make up Leinster Rugby:

  • Midlands area nominee: Tom Cox, Longford RFC
  • North East Area & Metropolitan Area Nominee: Jeff Mahon, Ashbourne RFC
  • Senior clubs nominee: Christy Dunne, MU Barnhall RFC
  • South East Area Nominee: Derek Furness, New Ross RFC
  • North Midlands Area Nominee: Joe Kavanagh, Naas RFC

The first winner of the award was Joe Kavanagh of Naas RFC.

Minis show off skills

Two-hundred-and-forty primary school children played some fast-paced tag rugby last month in North Kildare Rugby Club.

Children aged 11 and 12 years old came from three local primary schools in the area to play a fantastic morning of quick running rugby at the North Kildare facilities, between Maynooth and Kilcock.

For more details on joining the North Kildare mini rugby programme, please contact Niall at NorthKildareCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie

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