Simon Mullen, President Blackrock College RFC 2020-2022
It is a great honour for me to be elected President of Blackrock College RFC, a club with a proud tradition and history in its 138th year. I look forward to supporting all players and club members and to welcoming all visiting teams, supporters, families and friends through the season ahead.
Unfortunately over the last 18 months or so we have all been hit with the effects of the Covid 19 Pandemic. I extend my deepest sympathies to all those members who lost loved ones. We said goodbye to a number of high profile members including, John Terry, Brendan Lynch, Joe Mac,
Brendan McLoughlin, Niall Quinn, Gary Halpin and Dermot Gardiner, may they rest in peace.
Our 202-21 season was curtailed to just 3 matches in September 2020 before the Pandemic closed all rugby down. So there is very little to comment on from a Rugby perspective. It was a pity as James Blaney and the Rugby management team had recruited well as did the Women’s
team management. Our teams had shown promise at the end of the previous season and it looked like we would be challenging for honours and promotion in the AIL.
I would like to congratulate all our Rock representative players on bringing extended glory to our club. We had 9 players from the Women’s team selected on the Irish squad and 2 players from the men’s team selected on the Irish Men’s 7s squad. We are very proud of you all.
We are entering a very important time for the financial wellbeing of the Club. At the 2020 AGM which was deferred to December due to the Pandemic, we sought the members permission to put the front carpark up for sale. The goal was to raise sufficient funds to clear our debt and invest in our grounds and facilities. We then have since reached an agreement with the owner’s of the commercial buildings adjoining our lands to sell the carpark to them. Their intention is to develop the combined site into a Retirement Apartment scheme. This deal was brought to an EGM on the 5 th July. I am pleased to say that the Members approved the deal by a substantial majority. This will give the Club the opportunity to invest in it’s future and also eliminate it’s debt once and for all.
We are currently incorporating this into our Five-Year Strategic Plan to establish
a firm commercial footing for Blackrock College RFC to perform at the top levels in all of our team’s respective competitions. We want to promote a brand that is attractive to players and supporters to become members and continue to enrich our club. We all have a part to play in energising this position. A club is only as good as its members!
I would like to thank all those most sincerely who have supported us in the past and continue to do so. I ask our supporters and members to support all of our events and fundraising efforts and I look forward to seeing you in our club on a regular basis.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for their continued generosity in these difficult times. 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
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 continued success in 2021.
I extend our best wishes to the Bridge Club and their President Dorothy Collins and I look forward to welcoming all your members during the year.
Congratulations to Robert Brophy 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 MacGinty, we look forward to seeing you all
in the club over the season.
I would also like to thank last year’s President, John Colgan, along with past Executive Chairman, Pat Finn, for their tremendous efforts in what was a very difficult year. To this year’s executive committee, we have an exciting year in prospect with a full Club rugby schedule planned. 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, James Blaney, 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 continued 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.
I wish you all the very best of rugby, health and happiness and look forward to the season ahead.