To follow on in the footsteps of so many great Presidents of our club throughout its wonderful history, is a singular honour for me, my wife Liz and my children Michael, Mark and Elizabeth.
We now look forward to the new 2013 2014 season and we do so having achieved great success last season in winning the Ulster Bank All Ireland League for the first time and in securing the All Ireland U 21 crown also. Congratulations to both teams on their wonderful performances last season.
I am delighted that the brilliant coaching team of Mike Ruddock and Emmett Farrell will be directing the team once again. Congratulations to Willie Earle on his elevation to captain, a hugely popular choice, to take over from Ross Mc Carron who did such a great job as skipper.
Steve Rooney is continuing as chief guru and Director of Senior Rugby. We will, once again, produce teams at J1, J2, J3 and J4 and of course U21’s where Declan Fassbender, Charlie Quinn and Colin Goode will muster the troops.
Our mini-rugby section thrives under Luke Healy and his team, who cater for numbers above 350 every weekend. All in all, we look forward to a very exciting season.
We value our sponsors and we appreciate their active involvement in the club. Zurich has been our main sponsor since the inception of the All Ireland League and they have been loyal at a time when the economy is at an all time low. We are most grateful to them and to An Post, Heineken, O’Callaghan Hotels, Mazars, G4s, and Castle King Services for their valued support.
One of our greatest strengths over the last few years has been the dedicated support of our volunteers, which we appreciate so much and it adds greatly to the experience of visitors to our clubhouse in Lansdowne Road.
We appreciate members referring business to our club, where the facilities are second to none.
We cater for Business meetings, parties and seminars, so please help the club by diverting business and social events our way.
I look forward to welcoming you and our many friends and guests to Lansdowne this season and I wish all our teams a very successful, enjoyable and injury free year