“Our hearts so stout have brought us fame
for soon 'tis known from whence we came
where e'er we go they dread the name
of Garryowen in glory”

US 7th Cavalry Association

Message from the President

It is with a profound sense of honour and pride, that I take over as President of Garryowen FC, in this our 135th Year.  Founded in 1884 and playing out of the Markets Field from 1886, we moved to Dooradoyle in 1957.  This is our 60th season in Dooradoyle and our grounds were officially opened on Sunday September 21 1958 with a challenge game against Blackrock College RFC.

Little did I, or my late brother Johnny, realise, when he in that same year, brought me out to pick buckets of stones on the main pitch, that I would ultimately go on to become President of this great club.

My aspirations for the year include strong performances across all teams in the various club competitions and that all players will have an enjoyable and injury free season.  I also look forward to meeting both old and new friends in our clubhouse. 

Our Senior squad is led once again by Conan Doyle as Director of Rugby, ably assisted by both Paul Neville and John Staunton.  Our underage structure, under the direction of Turlough Sweeney, continues to grow with over 500 players competing across all age groups on any given weekend.  This would not be possible without the assistance of our wide group of volunteers who are involved in coaching, administration and fundraising activities throughout the season.  A huge degree of gratitude goes out to those members.

A special word of thanks to our club sponsor, Asystec.  Much appreciation is also extended to our additional sponsors, Quattro, Medicare, Downes Solicitors, Frank Hogan Motors and Colins McNicholas.  I would also like to thank those who advertise with pitch side signs, those who attend our pre-match lunches and those who support our fund raising events.

Finally, it gives me immense pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to all visiting teams, coaches, members and club executives.  I trust your trip to Dooradoyle will be an enjoyable one, I look forward to meeting you before and after the game in our clubhouse.

 

Ger Baggott

President

Garryowen FC

2018/19

 

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