I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to serve as President of UCC RFC for the coming season.
It has a particular personal resonance for me as my father (who passed away last October) was President for two years from 2005 to 2007 and I can only hope to emulate his time in office.
It is a great testament to our club that we continue to perform at the highest levels of rugby in Ireland in Division 1A. It is both mine and the wider clubs fervent wish that we will maintain our standing at
this level into the future.
Mystery surrounds the introduction of rugby football in south Munster, but there was a strong tradition of it being first played at Midleton College in the early 1870s. Queen’s College Cork, as it was then known, opened its doors in 1849 and it must be assumed that students interested in sporting diversions engaged in some version of the modern game. It was not until 1872, however, that proof of rugby football in Queen’s College Cork was established in the form of a specially printed rulebook, which indicates that the game was firmly enshrined amongst the students who felt that it was time to set up some permanent order in the game. Rugby at UCC is probably as old as at Trinity College, Dublin, where a rulebook was also produced at that time.
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University College Cork Rugby Football Club currently plays in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League. Founded in 1872, they originally played as Queen’s College Cork, as UCC was then known.
Recent successes include winning the All Ireland U-20 Championship in 2002.