This season, as Blackrock College RFC celebrates its 136 th Anniversary, it is a tremendous honour and privilege for me to lead this great club and to welcome all the visiting teams, supporters, families and friends.


Last season, our young senior squad battled well and won some very tough games. The bar is now set for us to continue our crusade and strive for promotion. The club is incredibly proud of the multiple individual and team successes that were achieved during the 2017-18 season. Most notably, the Under 13’s double wins, along with the Women’s Plate, and the Thirds runner-up performance. It was fantastic to also see our Rock representatives competing at the highest levels of rugby.

This is a time of considerable change for rugby in Ireland. While the national team

and the provinces have been very successful over the last number of years, club

rugby has suffered. However, during these challenging times, our rich sporting

history ensures that Blackrock College RFC has a responsibility to shape the future

of the rugby environment that we, as a club, can believe in and be proud of. It is our

duty as members to re-establish Blackrock College RFC in the top flight of club

rugby. My profound hope is that what we build over the next few years, will stand

the test of time and will be a fitting testament to our combined vision. I cannot

accomplish this alone, so I am counting on your support to achieve the growth and

goals of the Five-Year Plan.

A strong membership is fundamental to the success of our club. Our aim is to

substantially increase this during the year, I am therefore asking lapsed

members to re-join. Details are available on the club website and our membership

secretary, Conor Coghlan, will gladly encourage your membership queries. 

Fundraising is another vital part for the running of our club. I would like to thank all

those most sincerely who have supported us in the past. I ask you to continue your

support and I invite all others to attend as many of our events as possible. All our

fundraising events are listed in this programme, and I look forward to seeing many

of you attend an upcoming club event.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for their continued

generosity. The club could not survive without the support we receive through

these vital sponsors. I encourage all club members to reciprocate support when

possible to our club sponsors.

Blackrock College RFC is very much a community club and we welcome all

sporting enthusiasts. We are pleased to have Cabinteely FC continue to use

Stradbrook for their home matches.

 

I wish the team all the success in their upcoming season.

I extend our best wishes to the Bridge club and it’s President Janet O’Huiginn and I look forward to welcoming all your members during the year.

Congratulations to John Rogan who has been elected President of the Blackrock College Past Pupils Union. To our Club Patron Father Cormac O’Brolchain and our Pastoral Leader and great friend Father Tom Nash, and College Principal Alan McGinty, we look forward to seeing you all in the club over the season. I would also like to thank last year’s President, James Scott-Lennon, along with past Honorary Secretary, John Cranfield, for their tremendous efforts. To this year’s executive committee, we have a great year ahead of us!

To the volunteers who work tirelessly, I cannot thank you enough. I encourage all others to step forward and help the few who do so much.

To our head coach, Michael Carroll, and our extended team of coaches, captains, managers and players from the minis to the seniors, I extend the club’s thanks and gratitude for your continual commitment and overwhelming dedication. I would also like to extend the warmest of welcomes to all new members, parents, supporters, and visitors to the club, particularly Philip Doyle as head coach of the women’s squad.

 

I wish you all the very best of rugby and look forward to the season ahead.

Pappy Burke

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