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for soon 'tis known from whence we came
where e'er we go they dread the name
of Garryowen in glory”

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Archive for July, 2019

Message from Nicky Comyn – President of the Irish Rugby Football Union

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

On my own behalf and on behalf of the IRFU, I extend my best wishes to Garryowen FC  for the 2019-20 season and hope it is a successful one.  

The start of this season heralds the staging of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and I know you join with me in wishing every success to coach, Joe Schmidt, and his management team, together with the Ireland playing squad.  

This Rugby World Cup year creates a very busy season, taking account of Ireland’s women 15s team; the under 20s; men’s and women’s sectors; the fortunes of our provincial clubs in the Guinness Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup and also the myriad club, women’s, third level and schools competitions through the grass roots landscapes.

While by its nature the professional game takes precedence on the International stage, the welfare of the domestic amateur game is of paramount importance to me and to the IRFU. 

Having been chairman of the AIL and Third Level, I am acutely aware of the position of clubs and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the committed and critical role being played by our huge number of volunteers, who make it all happen.  

I greatly welcome the IRFU’s signing of a five year partnership with Energia, which sees the electricity and gas supply company become the official energy partner to Irish rugby and also title sponsor of both the men’s and women’s All Ireland League competitions.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the AIL and the support being demonstrated by Energia is timely. It will hopefully give a lift to all clubs in the AIL, both men and women.

I appreciate the struggles of some clubs at all levels and hope this season 2019-20 will be a special one.  I wish your club, its members, volunteers, players and supporters every success and enjoyment for the rugby year.

Nicky Comyn – President IRFU.

IRFU AGM, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/7/2019 Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

A Message from AIL League sponsor Energia

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

We at Energia are extremely proud to have further strengthened our commitment to Irish rugby by becoming the Official Energy Partner to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and title sponsor of the Energia All-Ireland Leagues (AIL). Through our five-year partnership, we are committed to supporting rugby at all levels through the teams, clubs and competitions the breadth of the nation.

Energia understands the value of the AIL and the importance of fostering and nurturing Irish rugby clubs so that collectively we can continue to build world-class international teams. We look forward to working closely with the IRFU over the coming years to help facilitate the future development of rugby in communities up and down the country through our new campaign #PositiveEnergy.

Through the #PositiveEnergy campaign, we will be offering tools and supports to help Irish rugby clubs reach their sustainability goals. For so many players and fans, the journey and passion begins at their local club and Energia wants to ensure the future of these clubs. If we can help them to become sustainable, the clubs can re-invest in grassroots, ultimately developing the next generation of players, coaches and volunteers.  

This is an exciting time for Energia.  We are passionate about investing positive energy in rugby, from grassroots level with the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, to provincial level as the Official Energy Partner of Leinster Rugby and our stadium at Energia Park, all the way to the highest level of the Irish Men’s and Women’s teams.

On behalf of Energia, I would like to wish all club and international teams the very best of luck for the upcoming season.

Gary Ryan

Managing Director

Energia Customer Solutions

Free Mental Health First Aid Course available for two Garryowen Members

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019


Limerick Sports Partnership are running a two day Mental Health First Aid Course facilitated by Liam Cantwell and Ciara McInerney.  This course normally costs participants €300 to attend but as a result of funding secured through the HSE, Garryowen are delighted Limerick Sports Partnership are able to offer this course to two of our members  FREE OF CHARGE.

This is a fantastic opportunity for club members to increase their awareness and knowledge around the area of Mental Health.  Please see attached information for full course outline.

The course will take place on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July from 9.00am to 4.30pm in the Physical Education & Sports Science Building (PESS), University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick. 

Please note that places are limited, and participants must be available to attend both days IN FULLto receive certification.

  If you are a Garrtyowen member who would like to attend this course please email cmcinerney@limericksports.ie and a registration link will be forwarded to you.  YOU MUST EMAIL FIRST IN ORDER FOR REGISTRATION LINK TO BE SENT TO YOU. 

Upon receipt of the registration link you must register immediately to secure your place on the course.

Please note a €10 deposit per person will be charged to secure your place which will be reimbursed at the end of the 2-day course.

If you have any questions or require clarification, please contact Liam or Ciara on 061333600.

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