Emerald Warriors RFC

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Emerald Warriors Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Nickname(s) Warriors
Founded 2003
Location Dublin, Ireland
Ground(s) Tymon Park Sports Fields, Dublin
Chairman Barry Joyce
President Shane Raftery
Coach(es) Gearoid Ferrick
Captain(s) Brian Marrinan
League(s) Leinster Metro J4 Junior League
Team kit
Official website

The Emerald Warriors are an Irish rugby team based in Dublin. They play in the Leinster Metro J4 Junior League and are members of the International Gay Rugby Association and Board. They are Ireland's first primarily gay rugby team although it is open to anyone with an interest in playing rugby and includes heterosexual members.[1][2]


Emerald Warriors RFC was formed in August 2003 by Richie Whyte to provide gay and bisexual men the opportunity to play rugby in Ireland and internationally and to create links with similar teams and organizations in the UK, Europe and America.[3] The team began playing in 2004 [4] and took part in the Bingham Cup, often referred to as the 'Gay World Cup' that year, representing Ireland.[5] They competed again in 2006 and went on to host the event in 2008, in Dublin City University's sports complex with endorsement from the IRFU. The event was deemed a success for rugby in general, for bringing gay rugby in Ireland to a new level of organisation and popularity by The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN).[6][7][8][9] They entered the Leinster Metro Junior league in 2007. They also competed in the Union Cup a biennial European, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament in London in 2009.[10]

Crest and colours

The club colours are dark blue, green and white. The team crest is based on a traditional celtic shield with several rugby balls forming a decorative floral pattern at the center of the crest.[11]

Documentary film

The team was subject of a documentary film on Irish language station TG4 called Queering the Pitch which followed the Emerald Warriors, representing Ireland at the The Bingham Cup in 2006.[12] The documentary, which was directed by Tom Maguire, was also screened at GAZE: The Dublin International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 2007.[13][14]

Mention in court ruling

The club was mentioned in a 2009 Irish Supreme Court judgment on Portmarnock Golf Club when ruling on equality legislation regarding whether the club could prohibit women from joining. It ruled there is no prohibition on the establishment of clubs or associations whose membership is limited to persons of a particular gender and made a specific reference to the Emerald Warriors recognising that rugby is not a "need" of gay men.[15][16]

Other events

The team and its members have also taken part in events such as the Dublin Pride Parade [17] and Mr Gay Ireland, with club member Barry Meegan who was asked by his team mates to represent the club, winning the competition in 2007 and raising money for HIV and AIDS related charities based in Dublin in the process.[18]

See also


  1. ^ Howard Webster (04-04-2005). "Coming out to play". Irish Times. Retrieved 19-01-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Politician denounces Belfast's first gay rugby team". Stuff.co.nz. 20-02-2008. Retrieved 19-01-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Voluntary Groups". Johnny.ie. Retrieved 19-01-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Sporting warriors who are in the pink". Irish Independent. 13-01-2007. Retrieved 19-01-2010. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  5. ^ Farrelly, Hugh (23 October 2009), "rugby likely to stay firmly in the closet", Irish Independent, retrieved 20 January 2010
  6. ^ "Irish Sports Council Corporate Plan Submission" (Word document). Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. August 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Ireland to Host Bingham Cup". IrishRugby.ie. 4 December 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Gay Warriors aim to be top of the world". Dublin People. 12/06/2008. Retrieved 18/01/10. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  9. ^ Webster, Howard (4 April 2005), "Coming out to play", The Irish Times, retrieved 20 January 2010
  10. ^ "Union Cup, London, May 2009". Manchester Village Spartans. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Emerald Warriors". Red and Grey Design. 29 January 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  12. ^ Kelleher, Lynne (31 March 2007), "Gay rugby team tries to kick clubbing image into touch", Irish Independent, retrieved 20 January 2010
  13. ^ "QUEERING THE PITCH". Irish Film Institute. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  14. ^ Horan, Niamh (22 July 2007), "Queering the rugby pitch against all odds", Irish Independent, retrieved 20 January 2010
  15. ^ "LEMAN LEGAL UPDATE". Federation of Irish Sports. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  16. ^ Fenelon, Larry (December 2009). "Discriminating tastes" (PDF). Law Society Gazette. p. 19. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  17. ^ Carbery, Genevieve (29 June 2009), "Dublin Pride celebrations soured by anger over Civil Partnership Bill", The Irish Times, retrieved 20 January 2010
  18. ^ "Mr Gay Ireland". RTÉ Radio One. Retrieved 20 January 2010.

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