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Birr Rugby Club announces new shirt sponsors

On Friday September 23, the club announced a new senior men’s shirt sponsor, Bloomdale Construction, during their final training before the start of the Leinster League this weekend. In attendance were Bloomdale Construction’s Seamus Bradley, Birr RFC chairman Garech Doorley, senior men’s coach Adrian Hoary and the senior players themselves.

During the presentation, club chairman Garech Doorley thanked Seamus for his continued support of the club and team by sponsoring a new set of shirts and presented him with one on the night. Seamus have previously sponsored the senior men’s team, so the club were delighted to renew the partnership.

After the presentation, senior coach Adrian Hoary announced the starting squad for the weekend game and presented each player with their shirt while Garech also addressed a few words to the senior players and wished them the best for the coming season.

Senior men get bonus points

Senior men Birr RFC got their Leinster League campaign off to a flying start with a bonus points win over Arklow RFC the weekend before last.

While a tight first half with the home side at 5-3, Birr brought increased intensity to the game in the second half and increasingly caught Arklow at the break to finish the match 15-29 winners. It was a good opening performance in the competition with a lot more work for the team.

Congratulations to Michael Fitzgerald and Dylan Hogan on their senior debuts on the day and man of the match Alan Guinan. Speedy recovery to Aran Corcoran who was in line to make his debut on the bench before receiving a knock in the warm-up.

Try the goalscorers of the day as Michael Keane (1), Philip Haslam (1), Brendan Heffernan (1) and Michael O’Dwyer (1), Brendan Heffernan also kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Starting XV: Michael Madden, Paul Donohoe, Michael O’Dwyer, Reubon Noyce, Simon Eades, Denis Rusu, Michael Hand, Alan Guinan, Brendan Heffernan, Alan Dodd, Fred Webb, Philip Haslam, Nicholas Corcoran, Conor Hickson, Michael Keane . Subs: Ciaran Yates, Padraig Burns, Michael Fitzgerald, Dylan Hogan, David Guinan.

Michael Milne
The club were delighted to hear the recent announcement that former Birr RFC youngster Michael Milne had been included in the emerging Ireland squad for a tour of South Africa. Currently a fully contracted player with Leinster Michael is showing great promise and we wish him all the best for the upcoming tour.

Minis

Mini rugby is back for the season with training every Sunday morning at 10:30 am in front of the club house. We are delighted to announce the recent addition of a U-8 women’s team this season. With this team now operational, it means we have a year group for all boys and girls born between 2011 and 2017. We recommend anyone interested call and try.

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