Members and friends
As the 77th person to hold the office of presidency in Garryowen’s 127 year history I feel immensely proud and extremely privileged to have been granted this highest of honours, for me and my family. I feel particularly proud that my great grandfather William and his brothers Tom and James were amongst the original founding members of Garryowen FC in 1884.
Garryowen is more than a rugby club. It is a rugby institution in Ireland and as the only club in the world to have part of the language of the game named after it, the name Garryowen resonates with every rugby person in every country that plays the game. We have always put a strong value on having linkages to rugby playing countries around the world, and I extend a warm welcome to all our international visitors to the site.
As well as our traditions, Garryowen is very much a club that is looking to the future, through our Academy and our flourishing underage structures. Due to our Academy, which focuses on programmes tailored to the individual player, we have consistently produced senior teams whose average age is in the early twenties. Many of these players have gone to represent their province or country and as one of the traditional nurseries of talent for Irish rugby – on and off the field – Garryowen regards our ability to nurture talent as both an obligation and legacy to Irish rugby. We are very happy to continue to do so into the future.
We have outstanding facilities in the club, with our new 3G All Weather Pitch which along with our main pitch is floodlight to live television standard. We were delighted that the Barbarians continued a long tradition of touring international sides choosing our grounds in Dooradoyle as their training base when they visited Limerick last year. We have heavily invested in our facilities to provide our young players with the best possible environment to match our coaching and teaching skills to give them every opportunity to represent their club, province or country.
Garryowen is a club that extends a warm welcome to all new players, coaches, underage players, parents or visitors in Dooradoyle and I want to assure you of that continuing welcome to our club. We believe that we set a very high standard in Garryowen, for our players – of all ages – supporters and officials. We work hard to maintain that standard and we cherish the concepts of loyalty, ambition and hard work.
I would like to extend to you our warmest welcome to our club in Dooradoyle and to our new website which will keep you up to date with what is happening across the many activities in which the club is involved. I hope to meet and greet you all to Dooradoyle in the coming season as we introduce more new talent into our ranks. Our door is always open to you all.
On Tuesday 31st May we held the Garryowen FC AGM. We welcomed 3 new faces onto the excutive committee, Ian Barry is now Chairman of Garryowen FC. Martin McGuire will Chair the Communications and Tony O Shea Jnr is the Club Treasurer. Our Officers are now as follows.
President: Eoghan Prendergast
Chairman: Ian Barry
Senior Vice President: Bill Bunworth
Secretary: Geraldine Morrissey
Hon. Treasurer: Tony O’Shea Jnr
Hon. Fixtures Secretary: Dave Ryan
Hon. PRO: Christy Barry
Hon. Registrar: Aiden Barry
Chairman Finance: John Scanlon
Munster Delegate: Jim Gibson
Ast Branch Delegate: Dave Ryan
Chairman of House & Grounds: Seamus Maher
Chairman of Communications: Martin McGuire
Chairman of Underage: Michael O’Connor