Monday 23 October 2017

St Mary's hosting U-10 blitz in fitting tribute to Paul Moloney

'Paul was a former student of St Mary's College, Rathmines' Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile (stock image)
'Paul was a former student of St Mary's College, Rathmines' Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile (stock image) Newsdesk Newsdesk

On Sunday week, St Mary's College RFC are hosting an U-10 blitz in memory of our friend and former mini rugby coach Paul Moloney.

Paul, who died suddenly in August 2015, was a loyal supporter and key driver of mini rugby in St Mary's in both a coaching and administrative capacity.

He coached the current U-10s team (for whom his son Jack still plays) and organised registration for the vibrant mini rugby set-up in the club.

The Moloney family have a long association with St Mary's.

Paul's uncle John was one of a long list of Mary's players chosen to represent the Lions, with whom he toured South Africa in 1974.

Paul was a former student of St Mary's College, Rathmines.

There are 32 teams competing in the tournament, representing 13 clubs from all across Leinster, and entry is free.

The first matches kick off at 10.0 and the tournament will last approximately two hours. The emphasis on the day will be on fair play and respect for opponents and a trophy will be awarded to the team that best reflects these values.

St Mary's want this to be an enjoyable and memorable occasion not only for the 330+ players involved but also for the parents and supporters who will join us on the day.

In addition to a feast of rugby the club are organising a BBQ as well as tea/coffee and other refreshments both at pitch-side and in the clubhouse.

The executive and members of St Mary's are delighted to support this tournament. It is an opportunity in particular for Paul's friends in the club and the young players he coached to honour his memory through the game that meant so much to him.

We look forward to hosting the visiting clubs and would welcome your support on the day for what we anticipate will be both a memorable morning of rugby and a fitting tribute to Paul.

Irish Independent

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