Some good news

At their last committee meeting Munster Junior committee agreed to a 16 team division next season which means Old Christians and Muskerry go up to Division 1. They also decided their would be no relegation. We don’t know the make up of this league yet it will depend on the start up date which depends on the country being reopened in accordance with the phase guidelines.

We are still on track to return the 10th of August the world rugby medical committee has put forward a series of guidelines and we are waiting to hear the IRFU’s decision on which of the new guidelines they want to implement. They include banning reset scrums, head to head tackling (choke tackling etc) spitting and new hygiene guidance re hand and face washing before a match and at half time including changing gear, along with regularly washing or sanitizing of the ball.

Delighted for the J1’s that they are now a Division 1 team bring on 20/21 season should be a cracker.

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.

New statement from the IRFU

The IRFU have just issued a statement in regards the 2019/2020 season. The Season is to conclude as of right now. There will be no relegation and no promotions. This is going to have a terrible impact on our J1’s no doubt, they worked super hard all year and were at the top of the table poised to go up to the division one. We as a committee have tried all avenues open to us, as of now there doesn’t seem to be any wiggle room. I have no doubt the lads will rally and come back fighting fit in September.

Our under 18’s will also miss out on playing a final in Irish Independent park and are all very disappointed, the IRFU has declared in their statement that any teams in a final will share the title. Its not much of a condolence but its better than nothing. It means our u18 are to share the Bowl title.

As a committee we would like to thank all the coaches of all ages who give up of their time to coach and organised games. Thanks especially to Claire who opens the cafe every Saturday and Sunday to keep us all warm with tea’s, coffee’s and hot chocolate. Thanks to all the parents who bring their youngsters up for training and drive them all over the country for matches, and supply sandwiches and snacks when needed. Its a pity the season had to end like this, I know a lot of our members and especially our players will be bitterly disappointed that the season ended with a sigh instead of a bang.

If anything changes I will update you all as soon as I can.

Club Closed

Following on from last weeks directive the club is closed and should not be used for social gathering by members, players and or parents of players of the club. The IRFU directed all rugby activities to cease and we took the step in line with the recommendations to close the club and cease all rugby activities. You are been asked to avoid gathering in groups for at least 2 weeks not for your health but for the health of others. It is a sacrifice we are all making.

Its important to note that the club is closed and if you injure yourself while climbing over a gate or a fence you are not covered by insurance. Can we ask all parents and coaches to reinforce this with our younger members. Stay away from each other and stay away from the club in particular.

Thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time and under these unusual circumstances.

Statement from the Munster Rugby Branch

The Irish Rugby Football Union, together with Munster, Connacht, Leinster and Ulster Rugby have announced the suspension of all Domestic Rugby activity from 6pm this evening (March 12) until March 29 inclusive, in response to the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus (Covid – 19) pandemic.

Future Domestic Rugby activity will be reviewed in line with government advice.

The Munster Rugby offices at Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park will be closed to the general public. Please direct any queries to

Training and Playing

All Rugby activities across clubs and schools, from minis to adult rugby, must now cease.

Impact on fixtures of note

We will work with clubs and schools to rearrange fixtures, such as the age-grade club and schools cup finals.

Clubhouse Operations

While rugby clubs may wish to continue to operate facilities such as bars and function rooms they must observe government restrictions in relation to the number of people that may attend indoor (no more than 100 people) and outdoor (no more than 500 people) events.

Professional Game

The current Guinness PRO14 season has been suspended in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak.

The PRO14 is an international league. Cross border travel is inevitable and that brings with it unique challenges. With governments in Italy and Ireland already putting in place clear directives and restrictions around public activities and travel, the decision to suspend the competition is appropriate. It is in the best interests of everyone that games are not played at this time. The suspension has been directed by the board of Celtic Rugby DAC and will be remain under constant review.

David Jordan, Tournament Director PRO14 Rugby, said: “We have made this decision with everyone’s welfare foremost in our minds. With an evolving situation in the five countries that take part in Guinness PRO14 it is important to make a clear decision that is in keeping with the advice of the various governments involved.”

Resumption of the 2019/20 season will now become a matter of constant review. To this point PRO14 Rugby has ensured that it has the latest information and guidance made available by the local and national authorities via our participating unions in the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.

This will remain the case for the duration of the suspension. This is an unprecedented action for the tournament and as such no end date to the suspension can be provided at this time.

In keeping with our practice during the outbreak, PRO14 Rugby will provide updates on the suspension when more information is available.

Statement taken from Munster Rugby

In keeping with the Government recommendations and the directive from the Munster Branch all rugby activities in Old Christians will be suspended until the 29th of March, No Training, No matches. Apologies for any inconvenience caused we will reschedule fixtures as soon as we can and be back training when its safe to do so. Keep an eye on our social media for the latest news.

Munster Bowl Final

Our under 18.5’s are playing a final in Irish Independent park formally Musgrave Park. They will be playing against Crosshaven RFC.

Kick off is 11.30am Sunday Morning.

Go to mass Saturday night so you don’t miss what is expected to be a very exciting game. The boys are totally worth going to see.

Hon Old Christians.

Here’s hoping the weather holds up, the boys are all looking forward to playing in the hallowed ground, come cheer them on you will have plenty of time to make it to Dungarvan to see the J1’s hope to continue their on road success KO is 2pm

J1 first of two home games

On Sunday the J1’s return to playing in Rathcooney after a very successful league on the road. If you haven’t seen them play yet now is your chance bring your friends, your kids and your neighbours along to cheers on the boys at home.

You won’t be disappointed KO 2.30 pm. Lets bring the noise, the colour and the boys will put on a display. This Sunday 8th and the home game is Sunday the 29th mark your calender’s… Wear your Old Christians jerseys, bring your flags and your voices.

Hon Old Christians

J1 game off v Fethard

U18’s game v Fermoy off also

The decision has been made to call off the J1 game v Fethard for tomorrow the 16th Feb. It was due to be a home game it will now be rescheduled.

Thanks Denis… Ciara was bad enough but Denis didn’t even give us a chance to recover from her.

U18 were due to travel to Fermoy tomorrow morning that also off Fermoy pitches are also waterlogged.

The pitches are waterlogged and are closed all training will take place on Astro or in the Hall until we can reopen the pitches again. Thank you for you cooperation.

meanwhile in Rathcooney