Sunday 19 November 2017

Hanrahan launches exciting IT Tralee partnership

Munster Rugby’s JJ Hanrahan pictured at the IT Tralee Launch
Munster Rugby’s JJ Hanrahan pictured at the IT Tralee Launch
Cashel coaches

Over the past number of years IT Tralee has increased the focus on the development and promotion of rugby within the Institute.

With the support of Munster Rugby, a professional rugby coach/sports development officer has worked directly with students of IT Tralee in developing skill and promoting interest in the game.

Munster Rugby and IT Tralee have agreed to further collaboration, which will include work placements for health and leisure students, student access to Munster rugby strength and conditioning workshops as well as volunteer coaching opportunities with the West Munster regional development squads and Munster summer camps.

Munster senior player, Ireland U-20 and 2012 World Cup star JJ Hanrahan from Currow, Castleisland, was on hand to help launch the partnership.

During the event at the IT Tralee north campus, staff and students of the Institute had the opportunity to meet the Munster star and hear more about his training, strength and conditioning and nutritional regimes and field questions, as he was interviewed by Joe O'Connor, health and leisure lecturer and Clare senior hurling head of fitness, nutrition, strength and conditioning.

Commenting at the launch, Denis Griffin, head of the Munster Rugby youth development committee said: "As part of Munster Rugby's long-term development strategy to provide appropriate training structures and facilities for players and coaches throughout the province, the advanced facilities of IT Tralee is a major advantage to the west Munster region as a whole.

"To be in a position to train and develop skills locally is a major benefit in time management and in reducing travelling time and cost to both players and parents in travelling long distances to train."

Dr William Evans, academic administration and student affairs manager at IT Tralee welcomed the close collaboration with Munster rugby, and is looking forward to building on the relationship in the future.

"In order for students to be successful in their studies, an exposure to a healthy lifestyle including the involvement in sports is paramount," he said.

"Munster Rugby therefore can help increase participation in rugby at the Institute, and in turn enhance the health and wellbeing of our students which will directly benefit their studies.

"During students' time at IT Tralee we continually instil the same attributes that Munster Rugby display, including bravery, courage, never-say-die commitment and heart.

"The collaboration between the Institute and Munster Rugby will assist in reinforcing a message that from hard work and commitment students can achieve the highest rewards and outcomes."

Workshop proves massive success

Munster Rugby recently ran a Stage 1 and 2 Practical Workshop as part of the second phase of the 'Rugby Faculty' in Cashel RFC.

In total 16 coaches took part on the night, with the Stage 1 part of the session focusing on a wide range of sample fun games and skills relating to the two 'General Movement' groups at Stage 1 'Players on the Ball' and 'Players in Space.'

An introduction showing the concept and importance of physical literacy in the planning of each session was also included.

Stage 2 focused on the 'Early and Late Groups,' while delivering and showing an understanding into the 'Axis' Group. Reduced Activities were then demonstrated looking at the skills relating to these four families.

* For more information on the 'Rugby Faculty' initiative please email

Gadsden puts U-14s through paces at Killarney

Munster Rugby recently held a coaching session for the U-14 squad at Killarney RFC.

Community Rugby Officer Ray Gadsden co-ordinated the session, assisted by the Killarney U-14 coaches.

The workshop included basic principles of technique and game understanding for mini-rugby.

* Should your club wish to take part in similar youth rugby sessions please email

This week's fixtures


(2.30 unless stated)

ODM Financial Munster Senior Cup: Garryowen v Cork Constitution, Thomond Park, 7.30.

Munster Junior League Division 1:

Kanturk v St Mary's, Kanturk.

North -- Gleeson League Section A:

Shannon v Bruff, Coonagh, 12.45; Old Crescent v Presentation, Rosbrien; St Mary's v Galbally , Grove Island, 7.30.

Cyril Fitzgerald Plate: Nenagh Ormond v Young Munster, TBC.

Senior Seconds League South:

Sundays Well v Cork Constitution, Musgrave Park; Cashel v Midleton, Cashel; South -- Dennehy Cup: Cork Constitution v Mallow, Woodleigh Park, 12.0 Void.

South -- Junior 2 League Section A: Dolphin v Old Christians, Musgrave Park, 12.0.

South -- Junior 2 League Section C: Waterpark v Cashel, Ballinakill; Dungarvan v Waterford City, Dungarvan.

South -- Junior 3 League: Ballincollig v Cork Constitution, Tanner Park, 12.0; Cork Transport v UCC, Corn Field, 12.0.

North -- Gleeson League Section B: Kilfeacle and District v Ennis , Kilfeacle .

Women's Munster League Group B: Abbeyfeale v St Mary's, Abbeyfeale, 1.0; Cashel v Bruff, Cashel, 1.0; Youghal v Bandon, Youghal, 1.0.

U-13 League: Garryowen v Shannon, Dooradoyle, TBC; Young Munster v Bruff, Tom Clifford Park, TBC; Old Crescent v UL Bohemian, Rosbrien, TBC; Presentation v Ennis, Rathuard, TBC.

U-13 Conference: Shannon v Thomond, Coonagh, 11.0; Newcastle West v Ennis, Newcastle West, 11.0; Old Crescent v Lough Derg Saints, Rosbrien, 11.0.

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