Author: Dave Philpott

Nigel Pim R.I.P.

Those of us of a certain vintage, will be saddened to note the passing of Nigel Pim.

Nigel would have propped with the club back in the end of the 80’s or early 90’s.

Nigel Pim.

Fenor, Waterford.

Thursday 14th of January 2021.

Peacefully in University Hospital Waterford. Sadly missed by his loving soul mate Jeni, his children Robert and Jordan, his Dad Alan and extended family.

May Nigel Rest in Peace

Donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to either Waterford Samaritans or the Irish Kidney Association. Thank you to the incredible staff at the hospital for all his care. Please stay home and stay safe.

A Celebration of Nigel’s life will take place at a later date.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Pat O’Sullivan R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Pat O’Sullivan
Glenthorn Drive, Dublin Hill, Cork / Mayfield, Cork

O’SULLIVAN (Glenthorn Drive, Dublin Hill & late of Iona Place, Mayfield) On November 29th, 2020, unexpectedly, at the Mercy University Hospital surrounded by his loving family. PAT (Stretch) (D.H.L), devoted husband to Hilary (née O’Sullivan) and loving Dad to Shauna and Daniel, son of the late John and Mary O’Sullivan (Iona Place). Sadly missed by his heartbroken wife, daughter, son, sister Deirdre (Healy), brother Sean, parents-in-law Terry & Eileen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends. Pat’s Requiem Mass will be live-streamed on 12.30pm on Wednesday, 2nd December 2020. 
Pat was on the first team I ever coached in Old Christians, a mad bunch that included Jer O’Mahony, Pat Moriarity, Horsey Foley, Deccie Mellerick, to name just a few. We had some great players, but always struggled to get 15. Pat had a huge left boot and could kick from huge distances at a time when a wet rugby ball weighed a ton. The nickname “Stretch”, came from the fact that he was about 6’3″. Our depest sympathies to all his family.
Two club members under the age of 60, gone in the last week.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-aimneaca.

Lán Chúl

Charlie Foley R.I.P.

FOLEY (Ballyhooley Road, Dillons Cross, Cork). On July 4th, 2020, peacefully, in the presence of his loving family at the Mercy University Hospital. CHARLIE (formerly of Cork Dental School & Hospital), dearly beloved husband of the recently deceased Sheila (née O’Halloran), loving father of John, Tony, Liam and Phyllis.

Sadly missed by his loving family, daughters-in-law Deirdre, Anne and Rachel, son-in-law Kieran, his adored 7 grandsons, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A private family funeral will take place, in accordance with current guidelines. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Please leave your personal message for Charlie’s family in the condolences section below or through

Kathleen Gray R.I.P.

GRAY (Ashburton, Gardiner’s Hill, Cork): On May 24, 2020, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Brookfield Nursing Home, KATHLEEN (née O’ Toole), beloved wife of the late Sean and loving mother of Eileen, Pascal, Anne, Hugh, Seamus, Kevin and Brian Sadly missed by hr loving family, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, sister-in-law, relatives and friends. A private family funeral will take place, in accordance with current guidelines. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Please leave your personal message for Kathleen’s family below in the condolences section or through www.jerhoconnorfuneralhomes.ieFamily flowers only please. “May she rest in peace”

Date Published: Sunday 24th May 2020Date of Death: Sunday 24th May 2020

Ar dheis Dé, go raibh a h-anam dílis.

Noel Kirby R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Noel Kirby
Westport road, Clifden, Galway / Douglas, Cork.

Cliff Cambell texted me this morning to tell me that Noel had passed away.

Noel was from “The Carrigmore ” days, when we fielded 4/5 adult teams. The “Carrigmore Crew”, are starting to get thin on the ground alas.

Noel moved to Cliften Co. Galway, where he managed the Connemara National Park,

Peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Sadly missed by his loving wife Ber, daughters Maree, Fiona and Caroline, grandchildren Rory and Finn, sons-in-law Adam, Gareth and Matt, cousin Ed Blake, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and wide circle of friends. In accordance with government guidelines on public gatherings, a private funeral will take place for Noel. Mass will be celebrated for Noel at a later date. They family would like to thank you for your support, co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Donations, if desired, to Galway Hospice.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Roy Reddin R.I.P.

Reddin (Myrtleville) On April 23rd 2020, suddenly at Cork University Hospital after a short illness, Roy (Gardner, late of Old Christians R.F.C.), beloved husband of Frances and loving father of Frances, Christina and Natasha. Sadly missed by his loving family, sisters Grace and Norma, brothers-in-law Barry, Jim and Dave, sisters-in-law Maria, Annette, Georgina and Michelle, extended family and friends.

I suppose to those of us who go back a long way, Roy was a bit of a character.

Roy was in his early fifties.

This picture is from my old files

A few words from team mate Benji Deane,

Hi Dave,
Hope you are well in these trying times?
 It’s a great pity we cant’t give Roy a fitting send off because of the current restrictions. We all share fond memories of Roy, and I would have been there when he first appeared  at the club back in the early days when he was a larger than life character! Roy didn’t say much, but when he did speak it was worth waiting for, and he certainly didn’t suffer fools!
I found an old cut out pic from early 1992.. Roy actually played blind side flanker that day and had a fine game in what was a great league victory!

Back: B Deane, K Wilkins, J Ryan, B Daly, P Gleeson, P O Connell, R. Reddin

Front: T McCarthy, Murty Regan , P Roche, M Murray, K Gray, A Dineen, B Rall, M Marnell.
Ar lámh dheis Dé go rabh a anam dílis!
Best wishes 

Roy is in the back row in the picture last on the right as we look at it, next to a very young Hotshot.

Munster’s next opponents train in Rathcooney

Munster take on the Southern Kings in in Musgrave Park on Friday @19.35 Eir/Premiersport and they used our All Weather Pitch to train today.

We hope to have more on this later, but in the meantime a couple of pics.

There is a bit of a difference between South Africa, (where it is currently Summer), and Rathcooney in February, but all seemed to go well.

An overview.
Phoning a friend.
Lineout practice.
Definitely a lot colder than it looks.
The Boss looks on.
The players signed a club jersey.

Mini Rugby in New Zealand.

Mini rugby in New Zealand is called “Junior” Rugby.

“Ripper Rugby ” is “TAG”

and $ 80 NZ dollars is about 48 Euro.

Note Players are graded on weight

From Marist Albion R.F.C.

Play your rugby at Marist Albion in 2020


ALL new and returning junior players are required to register for the 2020 season using the online registration process. For new junior players, these will be available here from 1 February, 2020. If you played for Marist Albion last season, you will receive an invitation to re-register via email by Monday 3rd February, please keep an eye on your inbox for this.


That all of yours and your child’s details (especially your contact details) are filled in accurately;

That you choose the school that your child attends;

That you choose the age group that you would like your child to play in for the 2020 season (see table of guidelines below for age grades).

That you provide an accurate weight for your children to ensure correct grading.

If you are paying subs for more than one child in your family (see pricing below), please include the names of the children in the final section of the registration form. You will receive an email following submission to confirm you are registered. To complete your registration, payment of your 2020 subs must also be processed, online payment is easy and is available on completion of the online registration form.

2020 Junior Rugby Season – Grade by Age Table

Under 132007
Under 122008
Under 112009
Under 102010
Under 9 (Tackle OR Quickrip)2011
Under 8 (Tackle OR Quickrip)2012
Under 7 (Rippa Rugby)2013
Under 6 (Rippa Rugby)2014 or later


​Once you have completed your online registration and payment, your next step will be one of the following:

  • All new players MUST attend one of our registration nights (see dates below) and provide us with proof of identity (a copy of a current passport or birth certificate is fine) and to get weighed in. This is also a good opportunity to meet the committee and ask them any questions you may have about the upcoming season.
  • U6 & U7 players – will be able to collect their jerseys from their team managers at their first practise, you can expect to hear from your 2020 management team shortly after registrations close.
  • U8 and above will be required to attend an official Weigh In night at the clubrooms (date to be confirmed). This season jerseys will be distributed directly to team management who will issue jerseys at preseason trainings.

If you are unable to complete the online registration process, you can also register players in person on Monday 17th February 2020 OR Monday 2nd March 2020 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at the Marist Albion RFC Clubrooms, 181 Condell Ave.

Our 2020 subscription fees are as follows: – includes a team photo for each player and a jersey (to be returned at the end of season)

$80 for one child

$130 for two or more children from the same family

Sporting Edge are our exclusive stockists and have all your Marist Albion apparel needs covered. You will find a full range of socks, shorts, hoodies, hats and supporters gear available at their store, Unit 9, 501 Wairakei Road, open 7 days a week. Club members will also receive a 10% discount on any other purchases when you shop throughout the store so pick up your mouthguards, boots or any other extras while you are there, they really are a one stop shop!

We are proud to be affiliated with NZ Marist Rugby and can also offer additional rugby experiences throughout the season for our junior members. U9, U11 and U13 players have the opportunity to further represent Marist Albion at the Pompallier Trophy Tournament, an annual event involving junior teams from Marist Albion, Ashburton Celtic and Timaru Celtic.

We encourage our players and supporters to attend our clubrooms each Saturday. The clubrooms are a family friendly environment  and are open from 4pm, the bar is open and food is available for purchase. Junior speeches will be at 5pm. The playground is conveniently located via the back staircase.

If you haven’t already, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook Marist Albion Rugby Club to keep up to date on all club happenings throughout the season.

We look forward to seeing many new and returning faces for the upcoming season. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Junior Club Captain or President for any further information.

Brendon Feary

Junior Club Captain

Ph: 021 226 4003


Jo McKenzie

Junior Club President

Ph: 021 067 2906


Sheila Foley R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Sheila Foley (née O’Halloran)
Ballyhooley Road, Dillons Cross, Cork

Foley (Ballyhooley Road, Dillons Cross, Cork):
On January 28th, 2020, peacefully, in the tender, loving care of the staff of St. Elizabeth’s Ward, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, SHEILA (née O’Halloran), dearly beloved wife of Charlie and loving mother of John, Tony, Liam
and Phyllis and dear sister of the late Noreen O’Halloran, Billy O’Halloran and Rose Dineen. 
Sadly missed by her loving husband and family, daughters-in-law
Deirdre, Anne, and Rachel. son-in-law Kieran, her adored seven
grandsons, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 
Lying in repose at the Mayfield Funeral Home, Old Youghal Road of
Jerh. O’Connor Ltd.
Removal at 8.00pm on (Wednesday) evening to St. Joseph’s Church, Mayfield.
Requiem Mass at 2.30pm on (Thursday). Funeral afterwards to Rathcooney Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to
Friends of the Residents of St. Finbarr’s Hospital.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-aman dílis.