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President's Message 2015 / 2016

     Fintan O'Hagan

Members and Guests,


I am greatly honoured to be President of Greystones RFC and may I firstly congratulate Greystones Golf

Club, Amateur Prodigy, Paul Dunne, son of our esteemed Member, Colum Dunne, on his astounding

performance in The Open at St Andrew’s in recent weeks. Our own Rugby Club has  been a source of

amateur sporting personalities in the past, both at interprovincial and international level, which portrays the

opportunities we have enjoyed in terms of attracting and harnessing local talent. Moreover, I think

achievement in terms of hard work over the last ten years, particularly at Youth Development, is now

crystallising and exampled by the commencement of our Senior Team revival in competing towards higher

division accolade, which I feel is more familiar territory in terms of our Club history and pedigree.

I congratulate new Club Captain Bobby Clancy and wish Head Coach Kevin Lewis, our Senior Squad and

all Competing Teams every success this forthcoming Season and I sincerely welcome all new Players and

Members to Greystones Rugby Football Club. We are all aware of the arduous tasks on Referees and

Coaches in today’s Modern Game, particularly at amateur level, which is tempered from an ever evolving

and physically demanding Professional Game and I wish them equally well in their endeavours this

Season. Player welfare and safety is indeed paramount at all levels.

May I also offer the Club’s heartfelt sympathies and appreciation to families of former esteemed Presidents,

Professor Michael Hennerty (UCD) and William (Willie) P Dunne, both whom we lost last Season; the

family of Kevin Lewis on the loss his daughter Jackie and to Margaret Byrne’s family on the recent passing

of former Club Steward, Vincent Byrne – “Loyal Love has deathless wings that rise and triumph out of the


For those who are not aware, Club House and Pitch Facilities will be undergoing improvement over this

and next Season. Obviously long overdue investment of this nature contributes significantly towards

attracting Members and Visitors, together with maintaining a good platform for our Club to compete at

every level of Rugby and, indeed, for the added enjoyment of all Members and Guests to Greystones.

We live in an interesting World of Technological Revolution and despite arguably socially regressive

aspects of Social Media, Sporting Clubs will always be part of Character Building and Human Interaction.

This is your Club; it exists due to your participation, its Benefactors and Sponsors, for which we are

extremely grateful and, indeed, special thanks to this year’s Sponsor, John O’Neill, Managing Director of


Enjoy the Rugby and savour the wonderful Club Ethos at Dr Hickey Park. I certainly look forward to

meeting you all.


Fintan O’Hagan,

President of Greystones Rugby Football Club 2015/16