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 night”.
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 Heatons.
Enjoy the Rugby and savour the wonderful Club Ethos at Dr Hickey Park. I certainly look forward to meeting you all.
President of Greystones Rugby Football Club 2015/16