I am very proud and deeply honoured to serve as President of Old Belvedere RFC for the forthcoming season and I would like to extend a very warm Old Belvedere welcome to all players, officials and supporters visiting Ollie Campbell Park throughout the season.
The past 18 months have been extremely challenging and difficult for all but finally we can look forward to a new season of rugby in what promises to be a very exciting season. I want to take this opportunity to thank our Past President and current director of rugby Paul Cunningham, Club Chair James McCarthy, Hon. Sec. Paul Nugent and our Hon. Treasurer John McGoldrick , as well as all on the management committee and all club volunteers who have put in such a herculean effort in very tough times . It is hugely appreciated and greatly acknowledged by all club members.
It would be hugely remiss of me if I didn’t mention the truly gargantuan effort and hard work that went into setting up our club’s fundraiser “The Bedrock”. To the organisers Simon Killeen, Steve Crosbie, David Butler and Adam Howard, the club are greatly indebted to you all and of course to all our members and supporters who supported it so enthusiastically, thank you so much!
On the playing field we provide playing opportunities for over 750 players on a weekly basis. At present we have five men’s teams, two women’s teams and two U20s teams taking to the field. We also have a vibrant mini rugby and youths’ section for both boys and girls which is run by our very talented and energetic coaches who put in such a huge amount of their time and effort to make it the success that it is.
This year our Senior men’s team play in Division 1B of the AIL. I wish our hugely talented and experienced coaching panel of Ray Monaghan, Pat Kenny and Tim Healy along with our Men’s Club Captain Connor Owende , all our senior panel, team managers Gerry Cruise and Barry O’ Carroll every success in our quest for promotion to division 1A .
Our Senior women’s team play in Division 1 of the AIL. I wish our coaches Jonathan Garth, Nora Stapleton, Ailis Egan and Cathy Murphy along with our Women’s club captain Jenny Murphy and all our senior panel and management every success in this coming season
We are very proud to be able to say that we are the only rugby club in Ireland with a Senior Men’s and Women’s Team in Division 1
I would also like to wish our U20s under the expert direction of Coaches Quenton O’ Neale, Phil Werahiko , Josh Brown , manager Paul Dowling, Chair of U20s rugby Declan O’Dowda and all the players the very best of luck this season.
I’m delighted to announce that Paul Taaffe our Junior rugby head coach has been appointed as chair of Junior Rugby. He will continue as head coach in addition to his new role. I wish Paul, all the coaches, managers and most importantly the players an enjoyable and a very successful season.
A very special thank you goes to our Old Belvedere Men’s shed known affectionately as the “Shedders” under the leadership of Niall O’Carroll, for the huge amount of work put in on the upkeep of the grounds. You can see the rewards of all their hard work as you drive into the club – it looks great – well done.
None of our club’s activities and aspirations would be possible without the dedication and commitment of all our volunteers without whose input, the club would not function. We have
over 100 volunteers actively giving of their free time to make sure our club remains a vibrant,
successful entity. I would like to thank in advance all those who support our great club as team
members or management, those who serve on committees and those who cheer our teams
from the touchline.
Our thanks go to all our sponsors who contribute so valuably to the running costs of our club.
Particular thanks go to our main sponsors John Mahony and Steve Tormey, two former
distinguished players and past Presidents, who will sponsor our club through the Toyota and
I am looking forward to meeting you all throughout the season,
It’s great to be back!
OBRFC 2021- 2022