As captain of Clontarf FC, it gives me great pleasure to welcome all players, supporters and visiting teams to Castle Avenue for what is sure to be another great season of AIL rugby. It is an absolute honour for me to captain the Senior XV in our quest to win the All Ireland League for the first time in the club’s history.
I would also like to congratulate the other captains and management of our many club teams, in particular the J1’s on their tremendous success last season.
After a number of disappointments in previous years, there is great excitement within the club as we look forward to the coming season. Clontarf FC is a club founded on the dedication and time commitment given by so many within the community. The support we received last year was unwavering, and was inspirational to the performances of the Senior XV. If we are to achieve the ultimate goal this year of winning the All Ireland League, which the supporters and ex players rightly deserve, we will rely on this incredible support again. I have no doubt that we will receive it. I would also urge you to bring down friends and family who haven’t been to the club for a while so they can share in what could be a great year.
A warm welcome to the new faces that have joined the club; I hope you enjoy the craic and hospitality in the Bull Ring. I wish to thank in particular our Head Coach Andy Wood, Assistant coach Simon Broughton, J1 coach A J Clarke, Manager Pat McHale, Physio Niall Barry, Strength and Conditioning coach Barry Solan, Bagman Mick Quinn, Masseur/Golf Pro /Confidant Jim Barden and all the backroom staff. Your undoubted commitment and dedication is extremely appreciated.
I must also thank the many people that help the club operate so successfully especially Paul Fallon, Jill O’Neill, Damaris O’Brien and the entire bar & kitchen staff who couldn’t be more helpful. In particular, on behalf of the Senior team, I wish to acknowledge the immense work done by Harry Brooks and Mary Walsh who are sadly missed and always remembered.
To all our sponsors, and in particular to our primary sponsors Dublin Port Co, and Willis sincere thanks for your commitment to the club in these incredibly difficult economic times. Your generous contribution allows the club to compete and succeed at all levels, and it is very much appreciated.
We hope you all enjoy your day in Castle Avenue, but only in the newly refurbished bar afterwards!
‘Hon the Bulls!
Club Captain 2012-2013