Club members celebrate the big day

IT WAS an historic weekend at Balbriggan RFC as the sod was turned for their new clubhouse as the builders moved on-site on Monday, May 20, with the project due to be completed before Christmas.

It will be the first time in the club’s 94 years that they will have a clubhouse of their own.

Two children from the club, Daniel Cumisky and Tara Hickey, had the honour of turning the sod. Daniel is the fourth generation of Cumisky to have played with Balbriggan RFC.

Daniel’s great-grandfather Willie Cumisky was one of the founding members of the club which was founded in 1925.

In a fitting tribute to that link to the past, Daniel wore his great-grandfather’s Towns Cup medal on his jersey.

Tara is a team-mate of Daniel. The land where Balbriggan RFC is located was in her family for many generations. Two players with a link to our past, the present day, and also the future.

“There was a great crowd in attendance at the ceremony including many dignitaries. The club was grateful to Lorcan Balfe, President of Leinster Rugby, for taking time out from his very busy schedule to attend,” club PRO Caroline McFadden said of the event.

“Thanks also to Senator James Reilly, and Councillors Tony Murphy and Tom O’Leary for their support. Also to be acknowledged are the club members, both past and present who turned out to witness this great occasion.

“Brian Howard of Progressive Credit Union was also in attendance. Progressive Credit Union is one of the main sponsors of the club and will remain as sponsors next season.”

Howard of PCU presented a cheque to Balbriggan RFC at the turning of the sod ceremony for the new clubhouse.

“This is an exciting time for the club with the development of two new pitches also taking place at the club grounds. This is in addition to the three all-weather grass pitches already in place and will cater for the growing needs of the club and community alike.”