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. 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