Though founded over 50 years ago to cater for the ex pupils of Christians Brothers College, Cork, there is no requirement to have attended CBC to be a member. In fact, the current club bears little resemblence to the club that spent its early days in Carrigmore. Some twenty odd years ago, the club moved to Rathcooney, via Kilcully, and settled into what was then a rural location. With the changing educational and social patterns, the flow of players from C.B.C. has dried up somewhat, but the new location has delivered a huge catchment area to the club.
With an area covering Glanmire, White’s Cross, Rathcooney, Glenville etc, now adding to our traditional areas in Cork City, like Mayfield, Ballyvolane, Blackpool the club has had to expand rapidly to cater for the demand.
We have recently started Tag rugby for under 7’s and we go all the way up to the Under 20 age group. We field adult rugby teams at Junior One, Two under 20 levels. A feature of the club is the number of parents that have got involved at all levels.
A word from the President.
It’s a great honour for me to take over from Emily as Club President, but if I am honest, there is a shortage of older members and I already own a club blazer.
When I first joined Old Christians R.F.C., back in the 72/73 season, things were a lot different, indeed life was very different.
During my time, I have seen the club change from having up to five adult teams, (and one pitch), to the situation where we now boast three full size pitches, one floodlit to match standard, plus floodlit training areas, a gym, a large hall, six dressing rooms and a cafe, but fewer playing members.
Back then, there were teams for all levels of “players” and indeed some great clubmen down the years, did not play at all.
As with every sport however, adult PLAYING membership has fallen.
I have connections to a West Cork G.A.A. club and since last season, they have lost five players in the 21/22 age bracket. Some moved for work, some just gave up.
It’s vital that we make the younger age group feel welcome.
Our membership is open to all, whether you have played before or a complete novice or even if you just wanted to be a non playing member, you would be more than welcome.
Normally the incoming President, states his hopes etc. for the coming season and while promotion would be nice and it’s important to balance the books etc, my main hope would be that we would have a second team playing preferably on Friday nights.
Ideally this would include a lot of players leaving the under 18.5 grade.
The step up from Under 18 to Munster Junior League is huge and a lot of players are not ready at 19. We need to ensure that we cater for these lads until they are ready to step up. Friday night games could also help to bring back the social side of Rugby, which was once the envy of other codes.
People need to feel that “this is their Club”.
We have a good committee in place, including some vital new blood and I would welcome any ideas or suggestions from people who feel that things could be improved in any way.
I can be contacted at
087 9342956 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Hon Secretary||Adrian O’Connell|
|Finance||Colin Murphy/Darren Drummy|
|Director of Rugby||Brian Brennan|
|Mini Rugby Co Ordinator||Shane Kavanagh|
|Youth officer||Paul Redmond|
|Child Welfare Officer||Caroline O’Connell|
|Fixture Sec||Barry Daly|
|Facilities||C/O Hon. Sec.|