Sunday 17 December 2017

Thriving Edenderry RFC is a club that is going places

Edenderry RFC
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Edenderry RFC is situated in the north of the county of Kildare, while initially formed in the nearby town of Edenderry, in Co Offaly, in 1951.

The founding members secured the present site just over the border in Kildare and extends to some 16 acres, which includes a clubhouse, condition centre, four pitches and an all-weather training area. The club has progressed over the years and now facilitates a full underage structure (minis through to U-19) two adult teams and, in the last number of years, a ladies team.

The club has over the last number of years the honour of hosting two Provincial Towns cups finals, Dundalk v Tullamore in 2011 with Dundalk taking the honours and in 2013 with Tullamore victorious over Longford. Furthermore, the club hosted a Junior Inter Pro match between Leinster and Munster in April of 2012 and the Leinster Ladies League Finals in January of 2013.

As with all clubs, it is the level of involvement within the club by the members which help to drive the club forward and ensures the daily/weekly running of the club. The club constantly strives to come up with new ideas to raise funds, from white-collar boxing, Strictly Come Dancing, The Cube to as far as sponsored bicycle runs.

On the field, the club has seen success over the past few years with the club's 1st XV being promoted this year from Leinster League Division 2B to 2A. The team had previously been promoted a division two years earlier but had failed to capitalise and take the next step.

While this year has seen an extensive effort to have a 2nd XV reformed, hard work and determination has won over and they now compete in Division 2A.

The Ladies 1st XV, while perhaps still in a learning mode, have brought great honour to the club with league and cup wins in alternate years. Volunteers are essential for continued development of the underage and Edenderry can only applaud its members and their commitment.

Finally, it is with a great sense of prestige and honour to the club and its members that the now vice- president and incoming president of the Leinster Branch, Robert McDermott, is a member of the club, commencing his playing days as an underage player. We wish him all the best in his year as president.


Interested in becoming a coach?

Leinster Rugby is delighted to announce a number of level one coaching courses this summer.

Level One coaching is made up of a category of age-grade players from U-16-U18s and adult junior players. Players are highly competitive at this stage and have greater awareness of common values, goals and team spirit. During this stage, the coach aims to challenge the capacities of players and strives for them to have higher performance levels. Venues and dates of upcoming Level One courses

Venue: St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, June 12-14. Cost: €220 non-residential, €280 residential.

Venue: St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, July 24-26. Cost: €220 non-residential, €280 residential

Venue: IT Carlow, August 7-9

Cost: €220 non-residential

How do I book a course?

Book online: Queries to: Sheila Cullivan at or 01 2235111

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