Skerries RFC

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Skerries
Full name Skerries Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Leinster
Founded 1926
Ground(s) Holmpatrick, Skerries [1]
President Celsus Toye
Coach(es) John Murphy

Skerries RFC is an Irish rugby team based in Skerries, Fingal county in the province of Leinster. They play in Division 2B of the All-Ireland League.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1926. They played their first match against Drogheda, and won by 9 points to 8.

The club has a long-standing relationship with the local secondary school Skerries Community College, formerly De La Salle Skerries, where many past and current players have attended. The college makes use of the grounds at Holmpatrick for training and home matches.

The club currently fields teams for adults (1st XV, 2nd XV, U19's), and for mini-rugby and youths from age 6 up to 18 years.

2001/2002

This season the club, under the Presidency of Jim Glennon, celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the founding in 1926.

Again captained by Garett Early Skerries played Division Three of All Ireland League. After a mixed season a few vital wins and draws (most notable a win at Bangor 5-3) towards the end of the season kept the club out of the relegation zone.

The 50th Fixture between Skerries and Dunbar was celebrated at Holmpatrick on 1 March 2002. After 50 games the holders of the Shield since 1952 is Skerries 32 Dunbar 18.

Skerries Community College won the Leinster Schools Senior (McMullan Cup) beating St. Columbas 15-8 in the Final and qualified for section ‘B’ of Senior Schools Cup where they beat St. Andrews College in the first round before being beaten by Cistercian Roscrea.

One notable success in the 2007-2008 season was their under 16's, captained by T O' Hare, who won the All-Ireland club championship beating Buccaneers in the final in Corinthians RFC grounds. The 1st team Captained by Tom Grey with top AIL Players returning to the club, Derek Keane and Marc Hewitt. Coach Morray Erickson Manager Jack Hanratty (Leinster Rugby)

2008-2009

President Michael Murphy, Director of Rugby Ben Gissing (former Leinster, Edinburgh) Coach Gerry McCleary (YDO Leinster Rugby) Manager Kevin Dempsey Captain Derek Keane.

2011-2012

President Nick Heeney, Head Coach John Murphy, Asst. Coach Chris Keane, Manager Kevin Dempsey, Club Captain Joe Glennon

2012-2013

President Celsus Toye, Head Coach John Murphy, Asst. Coach Chris Keane, Manager Kevin Dempsey, Club Captain Joe Glennon.

In 2012, the club returned to the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League following promotion from the All-Ireland Round Robin as Leinster League champions.

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