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.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute and thank my predecessor Mr. Rory Bevan for all
his hard work and commitment over the past two years and also for his continued dedication to club
matters. He has been and remains a huge part of the success of the club and also has been a vital
contribution to me in taking up this position. I feel it is also important to mention the efforts of Rory
Duggan and his sponsorship committee and the significant efforts made here to continue to find the
necessary funding for the club. This has always been challenging and none more so at present.
In terms of rugby it has been and continues to be a very strange time. The end of the last season was
cut short and whilst the club had their ups and downs over the course of the year I am confident that
we would have retained our position in Division 1A had it been allowed to run its natural course. This
season also is a very unique prospect with the first few games all having been played behind closed
doors. We can only hope that when the AIL starts in its new format in January that we will be able to
have a more meaningful presence in both The Mardyke and the away matches – we can only wait and
see. We will keep you up to date with what is happening here as time goes on.
I would also like thank Charlie Haly and his team on the rugby committee for their continued efforts
and would also like to wish our Head Coach Brian Walsh and his excellent team well for the coming
year. In addition, best wishes to this year’s senior team club captain Shane O’Hanlon and to all the
other captains and coaches for the year ahead. I am conscious that some teams may not yet be able to
play but hopefully that situation will change during the year.
In terms of events this year we are still hoping to have both a corporate lunch and colours lunch later
on next year – this of course will be very dependent on prevailing health advice. We are well served
by our club doctor Dr. Larrie Martin in this regard.
I would hope that you would all continue to support the club where possible and would welcome any
ideas or suggestions on how things can be improved – UCC RFC aims to be both welcoming and
inclusive to all.
Yours in Rugby,
Vivian E. Nathan
President UCC RFC