Leinster rugby needs you
Here at Leinster Rugby we are always looking for new volunteer content writers. Every week our domestic rugby PR team look to keep readers of the 'Irish Independent' and visitors to www.leinsterrugby.ie up to date on everything that is going on in club and schools rugby.
We look to cover all competitions across the province including AIL, junior rugby, women's rugby, schools and youths rugby as well as general interest stories from our clubs and schools.
Our team is not made up of professional journalists and budding authors, just ordinary rugby fans like you who have a passion for the game and an interest in getting involved.
There is no huge demand on anyone's time as our writers are not expected to submit more than two or three articles per season covering aspects of Leinster Rugby that suit them.
And there's no need to worry about a lack of experience because our Leinster Rugby communications team led by Marcus Ó Buachalla and Elma Beirne can offer all of the advice and support that you will need as well as regular seminars with presentations from media professionals.
So what do you need to do to join the team? It's simple. Just get in touch and let us know where in the province you are based, what area of domestic rugby you are most interested in and we'll take it from there.
You can contact Elma Beirne (Domestic Marketing Executive at Leinster Rugby) on 01-2235119 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cill Dara doors open
This season Cill Dara RFC in Co Kildare will celebrate its 40th year in existence. A number of events will be held in and around Silken Thomas Park honouring the achievements of the many that brought the club from its humble beginnings to the vibrant status it now holds.
One of the first initiatives is making September 'Bring A Friend' month. This is based around promoting Cill Dara's rapidly-expanding mini and youth rugby section.
Current members of our mini and youth rugby section are being encouraged to bring a brother, a sister, a cousin or school friend along to an evening training session.
For any boy or girl, aged between six and 12 years old who might like to give rugby a try, Wednesday, September 7 at 7.0pm in Cill Dara is when it all begins. For youth players, i.e. those born after 2004, information on training times and days for each of the five youth teams up to U-18 are available on the club website - www.cilldararfc.ie.
Children can try the game in September and then, if they enjoy the experience, join the club in October. Membership for mini rugby players is €60 for the season with NO weekly training fees. For youths, the annual fee is €80. As well as weekly training and matches, Cill Dara Rugby Club also organise regular trips to see Leinster play in Dublin!
Seapoint RC and Leinster Rugby are mourning the passing of our good friend Dave Coughlan after a long illness bravely fought.
Dave was a loyal member of Seapoint RC having served as president of the club. Dave continued on in Seapoint as a Leinster Branch representative where he served on various committees including Competitions, Women's and the Executive.
His pleasant and friendly demeanour will be deeply missed by everyone within the rugby family. The heartfelt sympathy of everyone at Leinster Rugby goes out to Sue, John (son) and Grace (daughter), and their extended family and friends at this difficult time.
He was a welcome visitor to Leinster Rugby HQ and this column enjoyed bumping into him for the morning papers in the garage on Newtown Park Avenue the odd Saturday morning! Always good for a catch-up and always with a smile on his face.
Codladh sámh, Dave.
Clonguish claim gold
A few weeks ago in Athlone, the parish of Clonguish, in Co Longford was Leinster's representative in the finals of the Community Games U-14 Tag Rugby competition and came away with a hard-earned All-Ireland gold medal.
The squad defeated the Munster champions, Killaloe, 16-6 in the semi-final and overcame Ballymote, the Connacht champions, in a nerve wracking final by 16-15.
Five of the team play with Longford RFC U-14s - Mark McHugh, Jack Sullivan, Josh Carthy, Christy Manning and Ben Carthy - and a further two play with the U-13s, Josh Sorohan and Cian Sutton.
Well done to all!