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7s in the city launched

published:May  14   2014

‘7s in the City’

first Womens only Sevens in Ireland 

The first Womens only Sevens tournament in Ireland, ‘7s IN THE CITY’, takes place at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on the forthcoming bank holiday Saturday, May 31st.  Announcing the event, which is title sponsored by Smith’s Supervalu with Michael Moore Car Sales sponsoring the Womens Open section, Claire Wyper outlined the tournament’s details and thanked the sponsors for their generous support. ACTION BREAST CANCER is the designated charity of the event.

7s in the City launch

Group at '7s in the City' launch

Richie Hickey (Michael Moore Car Sales) and Tim Dolan (Smith’s Supervalu)
were fulsome in their praise and support for the commitment, capability and willingness by the Womens section of Buccaneers RFC who are organising this tournament. They have proved their ability many times already and their infectious enthusiasm should surely ensure a winning formula on the day.

7s in the City launch

(l-r) Sandra Griffin, Claire Wyper & Mele Kiripati, organisers of '7s in the City' Womens only Sevens tournament at Dubarry park.

Mrs. Jean Gough, who was recently named ‘Athlone Person of the Year’ for her voluntary efforts with the Athlone Breast Cancer Support Group, said she was delighted that ACTION BREAST CANCER was chosen as the designated charity by the ‘7s IN THE CITY’ organisers. Virtually “everyone has a connection with cancer through family, friends or work colleagues”, she added. Participating teams will be encouraged to nominate a team member to have her hair dyed PINK on the day!


Buccaneers player Niamh Ni Dhroma also spoke. She took up rugby only three seasons ago after initially playing Tag and Sevens and she has progressed so rapidly in the interim that she is now playing with the Ireland Elite Sevens squad that is bidding to qualify for the next Olympic Games in Brazil. She encouraged players and teams to get involved.


Club President Frank Sheeran thanked all who attended the launch. He was particularly grateful to the sponsors and, judging on their previous undertakings, he was confident that Buccs women would deliver a successful tournament. They were already on a winner with the event’s catchy banner title. Perhaps Sarah Jessica Parker or Kim Cattrall may show up!  

7s in the City poster


The action has a 1 p.m. start with a prize fund of €2,000 for the Womens Open competition,for which the Entry Fee is €200. The Womens Junior event has €1,000 up for grabs and Entry Fee here is €120. It is also hoped to run an U-18 competition.  Each player will receive a ‘goody bag’ and lunch is included in the registration. There will be various other activities on the day, including bouncy castle and pig on the spit, to make it a family occasion.


For further information or to book, please email sevensinthecity@gmail.com or contact Claire 0879401336, Mele 0863462449 or Sandra 0870925504.


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