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THE GAIN LINE 10/06/19


Large attendance at Creggs Rugby AGM

The largest ever number of members were in attendance at the Creggs RFC Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in the clubhouse last Saturday night. This is taken as a sign of the great vibrancy around the club, the excellent new facilities and growing success at all grades on the field.
Indeed, all of the above and more contributed to club winning the Connacht Rugby Club of the Year 2019 award.
Padraic Deane completed his two year term and handed over the role of President to the vice-President for the last two years and indeed Treasurer, Aidan Farrell. Aidan in-turn nominated Vincent Collins as his Vice President and he also joins the Club Committee.
The out-going President thanked everyone for their support, friendship and their hard work for the club over the previous two years. The club continues to grow steadily and improve greatly on and off the field, while always maintaining the focus that we are first and foremost a community club. He assured the in-coming President and the club that he will continue to support the club in other roles and in every way possible.
Aidan Farrell stated that he was honoured to be taking over the role of President and he promised to give everything in doing a good job for the club. He thanked the outgoing officers and committees for their great work and looked forward to meeting the challenges ahead with their continued full support.
Other changes among the officers included Kieran Dowd returns to a the role of Treasurer, replacing Aidan Farrell. Joe Ryan takes the role of Assistant Treasurer.
The remaining officer positions and available Club Committee members were re-elected. Two members of the Finance Committee, Sarah Tucker and Noel Galvin also join the Club Committee. Other members will be co-opted on to the main committee and sub-committees by the club executive. Members interested in taking a more active role, please contact Aidan Farrell, Sean Brandon or Kieran Dowd.
The Coaching teams for the Mini and Youth sections were all put in place at he AGM. Anyone interested in getting involved in Mini or Youth coaching, please let Dave Purcell (Youth teams) or Shane Fleming (Mini-rugby teams) know. All enquires very welcome as numbers continue to grow in all age groups – no previous rugby coaching experience is necessary as full training and support will be given.
Kevin O’Rourke is taking on the key role of Manager of the Development squad and Padraic Deane takes on a similar role with the First squad. The club also welcomes Tony Dolan to the First’s squad coaching team.
The out-going President, Padraic Deane was voted Club Person of the Year 2018-2019.

Upcoming Events…

Annual Creggs Golf Classic

The Annual Creggs RFC Golf Classic is on again this year for the the Luke Daly Memorial trophy. It takes place at Roscommon Golf Club on this Saturday (15th June). There are lots of good prizes. Entry team of four €140 euro.
Please contact: John Cunningham: 087 2485725; Albert Looby: 086 8167365; Anthony Duignan: 086 8126521 or Peter Daly: 086 1749706 to book (or be part of) a team or be part of a team and learn what slots are available on the time sheet.
Always a great occasion and lots of great craic, so please support again!

Connacht Rugby Summer Camp

The Connacht Rugby Summer Camp is on in Creggs Rugby Club from July 1st to July 5th this year. The camp runs from 9.15am to 1.30pm daily for children aged 6 to 12 years old. Join the 50 plus children already registered to take part this year. For more details or to register, please call (091) 561 568.
Registration for this very well organised and most enjoyable camp can also be accessed online at:

Primary Teacher’s Summer Course

And for the second year in-a-row, the same week (July 1-5) as the Summer Camp, Creggs Rugby Club hosts a primary teacher’s summer course titled: “Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills in PE through Tag Rugby”.
The course is facilitated by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). The aim of this Summer course is to introduce Tag Rugby to teachers’ PE classes as a means of helping in acquisition of an appropriate range of movement skills across the PE strands.
The cut-off date is this Friday (June 14th.) for any primary school teachers wishing to do this excellent summer course – and at the time of writing, 23 of the 25 places had already been filled.
The online link is at:

Girls 10 to 14 years continue to ‘Give It A Try’ this Summer

‘Give It A Try Summer 2019′ is an 8 week programme run in selected clubs where girls aged from 10 to 14 can attend and learn how to play rugby in a fun environment.
It started in Creggs RFC on the new 4G pitch on Bank Holiday Monday (6th May) evening and has run each Monday since from 6.30 – 7.30pm. It is proving very popular and a great success and there are still two weeks left to ’Give It A Try’.
The ‘Give It A Try programme’ is an ideal way to kick start the participation of girls in our club or to boost existing playing numbers by attracting new young players to the game with a fun introduction to the sport.
This year there is a substantial increase in the number of Connacht clubs hosting the programme. For more information, you can call Dave Purcell at 086 0434263 or email him at:

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