Thursday 12 December 2019

UL Bohs' John Keane lands volunteer award

John Keane and Katherine Keane
John Keane and Katherine Keane

John Keane of UL Bohemian RFC is the latest winner of the Munster Rugby Volunteer Recognition Award. John is a born and bred Limerick man and has served as a volunteer with Bohs for more than 50 years in various capacities.

John started out as a winger with the club's Junior Third team and took up many roles in the club's administration section following his retirement from the game. As a former honorary secretary, John has now taken up the role as club registrar, lending his support to in excess of 600 members.

Outside of rugby, John is a retired training advisor with FAS and currently volunteers with the Coroner's Court. He also served with the Reserve Forces, retiring after 42 years of service with the rank of commandant.

With a passion for the development of women's rugby, John also serves as the squad coordinator for the Bohs senior women's team.

John is the chief press man for the women's team and his reports are insightful, and a great promotional tool for bringing the women's game to a much wider audience.

John visited Milan to see the Ireland Women claim the Grand Slam Trophy in 2013 and was very proud to have seven of the Bohs women in the squad.

John has recently received the Limerick Service to Sports Awards.

UL Bohs' Paul Hennessy said: "John's contribution to the club is immeasurable in many ways. He attends all the training sessions and matches for the women's team up and down the country and has been known to travel to foreign climes in support of both the club and national teams.

"His mentoring skills are greatly appreciated by the players and his promotion of the women's game within our club structures is outstanding.

"John's commitment to the club is greatly appreciated by all at UL Bohemian RFC and he is a very worthy recipient of this award."

Munster Rugby is proud to acknowledge John Keane as an outstanding servant to rugby.

The Munster Rugby Volunteer Recognition Programme was launched to give clubs and schools the opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution made by volunteers throughout the province.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of every sport and leisure organisation in Ireland. Without them, clubs and organisations would cease to exist.

The programme will reward and acknowledge the efforts of volunteers who devote countless hours week in, week out, year after year to provide a safe and enjoyable environment at the grass-roots level of the game.

From the kitchen worker to the weekend linesman to the parents that manage underage sides, it is up to you to nominate worthy contributors.

The programme will run from November 2013 to May 2014, consisting of 'Volunteer of the Month' awards, and is open to any person currently associated with domestic rugby in Munster, in a non-paid capacity at a club, school, college, university or associated affiliate of the Munster Branch IRFU.

For full details of the nomination process please email

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