I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you, whether visiting in person or online, to Garryowen Football Club, as we prepare to enter our 138th season. I feel particularly privileged to have been given the honour of being elected President of Garryowen at our 137th AGM, and I hope that you will join me in wishing all of our teams the very best of success, in the months ahead.
We are in a very important time for club rugby, given the challenges that all clubs have had to come through over the last two years, and the general challenges that clubs have faced for some time now, given the pivotal role they play providing new talent to the game in Ireland. We have a particularly proud history in Garryowen of being a nursery of talent for Munster, Irish and international rugby, on and off the pitch. We have always seen that as both an obligation and an honour, which we continue to be happy to accept and fulfil.
That is becoming more difficult to do, year on year however, given the challenge clubs have in being given a meaningful and respected place in the overall game in Ireland, and to allow Garryowen the chance to do what we have been successfully doing for a very long time, which is bringing players into the game, and guiding them through their time in the game, at all levels.
Rather than sitting still, we are embarking on an ambitious programme of actively engaging with the community in our immediate hinterland, and with the wider community in general. We have an excellent physical location, and we want to strengthen our impact on the communities we serve. To do this, we welcome, and are going to need, more volunteers support from within and outside the club membership, to help us develop and maintain our position within Irish rugby. I welcome each and all of you that would like to be part of an exciting journey into the future, particularly as we move towards our 150th year in existence, in 2034.
I will be touch with you on regular basis throughout the season, and I particularly look forward to seeing you in person in Dooradoyle in the season to come.
With best wishes
Garryowen Football Club