Greystones RFC

Founded 1937

Co. Wicklow

Presidents message

I am truly honoured to be re-elected President of Greystones RFC club for the 2021/22 season. I have been incredibly lucky to have had an amazing  journey with this wonderful club over the last 49 years as a player, member and coach all with cherished memories. After a difficult time for the last 2 rugby seasons for both players and supporters, hopefully we can look forward to good times for the forthcoming ruby season. On that note I sincerely welcome all visiting teams, supporters and match officials and wish them a very pleasant and memorable visit to our club.
The club can’t survive without the main participants, the players, the coaches – both skills and fitness, – the managers, the medics, physios and the unquantifiable voluntary members who give their time to our youths section girls and boys, our under 20’s, our junior and senior teams, both women and men’s, and the now famous seagulls squads. To bring all of this together to make it happen requires huge support, and in particular a strong hard working executive committee. I have witnessed the incredible work done by our multi-talented executive committee under the guidance of our chairperson Donall Gannon and Hon Secretary Anne Bowes.

We are also blessed to have such wonderful sponsorship from so many individuals, both private and in business. In particular I would like to thank again this year’s main sponsors Peter and Ross Doyle, our under 20’s sponsor Eddie O’Dwyer, the sponsors of our underage and minis rugby O’Gorman Properties, Glen Fuel Services Ltd and Deanta Consulting Ltd, sponsors of women’s rugby.

It is a fact that Greystones has one of the finest rugby club facilities in the country, the pitches are always in superb condition and this is thanks to the hard work of Willie Byrne, Sam Byrne and their staff. The bar facilities and food service, especially the match day lunches, are top class in both service and quality, and this is all thanks to the club manager Justin O’Reilly and his excellent staff.

I would like to thank our outgoing President Victor Megannety who had a difficult end to his presidency with the unfortunate covid 19 outbreak. Victor, you did a great job in difficult circumstances and I wish you all the best in the future.

I am delighted that Killian Marmion has been re-elected as club captain and he will be ably assisted by Dan Mannion as his vice-captain. Killian and Dan, I wish you both an enjoyable and successful season. I would also like to wish an enjoyable and successful season to the following:
Director of Rugby Barry Kealy, Junior Director David Coleman, Paddy McCann director, underage and youths rugby. 1st team head coach Kevin Lewis, J1s head coach Liam Murphy, J3s head coach Ian Roche, Under 20s head coach Breffni O’Hagan, Head coach of our Women’s team Paul Mahon, Coaches of the seagulls squads Keith O’Brien and Pamela McCann.  My wishes also extend to all the assistant coaches, managers, backup staff, fitness, medical, physios and indeed to all teams who represent Greystones RFC.

In my re-elected year as President I would like to dedicate my term to all the wonderful characters I have played with and against, and the great friends that I have met and hope to continue to meet in this wonderful sport of ours. I would also like to remember those who have left us in recent times, in particular four great guys Barry Lynch, Andrew Kenny, Davey Walker and Criostoir McLaughlin.

Yours truly,

Barry O’Beirne

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