Garda RFC

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Garda RFC
Full name Garda Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Leinster
Founded 1965
Ground(s) Westmanstown Sports Centre, Dublin
Chairman Willie Cooper
President Eamon O'Grady
Captain(s) Killian Murphy

Garda RFC is the rugby team with players drawn mostly from local areas of Westmanstown(Lucan, Leixlip, Dunboyne, Clonsilla, Castleknock, Blanchardstown) and members of Garda Síochána, the national police force of Ireland. They currently play in Leinster League Division 3 of the Leinster League.

History[edit]

The club was founded in February 1965 by rugby enthusiasts at the Garda Station in Pearse Street.

One of their first coaches was the former Ireland and British Lions prop Gordon Wood, who was also the father of rugby icon Keith Wood. His memory is honoured by the Gordon Wood Trophy, competed for annually by the Garda and the Irish Defence Forces rugby team.

Other trophies contested by the club include the Eugene Crowley Cup against Monkstown, the Doyle Cup against Greystones and the Trevaskis Cup against Clontarf, and the George Treiner Cup against Terenure.

Honours[edit]

  • O'Connell Cup: 1968
  • Spencer Cup: 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2005
  • Keating Cup: 1989
  • Bill Marshal Trophy: 1989
  • Leinster J2 League: 1997
  • Leinster League Division Two: 2000

Notable players[edit]

Irish Students[edit]

  • Shaw McGannety

Leinster League Division 1B Champions 2011

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