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Frank Daly RIP

published:Jul  16

The death has taken place of Frank Daly, Kiltoom. Frank captained Athlone Rugby Football Club in season 1954/55 when he led the club to their first Connacht Senior Cup triumph. He was a key contributor to Athlone’s first Connacht Senior League success the following year. A fullback he was capped by Connacht against Munster in 1954.

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Sean Brooks RIP

published:Jun  22

The death has occurred of Sean Brooks, long time stalwart of Ballinasloe RFC and good supporter of Buccaneers RFC. Sincere condolences are extended to his daughters Orla, Karen, Linda and Theresa and extended family. May he rest in eternal peace.

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Johnny Nally RIP

published:Jun  20

The death took place of Johnny Nally (brother of Peter who looks after our pitches and facilities at Dubarry Park) following an accident in the Isle of Man on June 9th.

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Tom Purcell RIP

published:Jun  16

The death has occurred of TOM PURCELL who was joint President of Buccaneers RFC in season 1995-96.The Clare native was predeceased by his wife Kay and heartfelt condolences are extended to his daughter Ria, sons Darragh and Colin and extended family.

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BUCCANEERS AGM REPORT 2018-19

published:Jun  04

Outgoing President Gordon Ballantyne welcomed a good attendance to the Annual General Meeting of Buccaneers Rugby Football Club in The Bounty. The club had mixed success on the playing fields, winning another Connacht Senior League and Cup double but being relegated in the All-Ireland League. Off the playing fields he was pleased to report that the club had “got control of its financial shortfall”, which was one of his key priorities in office.

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TAG RUGBY SUMMER LEAGUE ON THURSDAY EVENINGS

published:May  27

The Tag Rugby Summer League gets under way in earnest at Dubarry Park on this Thursday night with the action starting at 6.30 p.m. You do not have to have had any rugby playing experience to participate as this is a non-contact fun sport. Squads of 12 players is recommended. Matches are seven a side, three of whom must be female on pitch during matches. Registration can be done online on www.irfu.com  For further local information, phone Yvonne at 0860488090 or Billy 0878196476. The green area adjacent to the car park at Dubarry Park is the only area available for training/practice.

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BUCCS ‘2019 PLAYER OF THE YEAR’ AWARDS ON SATURDAY WEEK

published:May  13

Buccaneers Annual Player Awards event takes place in The Bounty on Saturday week when our Senior, U-20, Junior and Womens players of the year will be announced along with the ‘Club Person of the Year’ winner who will be presented with the Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup’. Specially commissioned pieces of Athlone Crystal will also be presented to Buccaneers players who have represented Ireland during the season. No less than a dozen Buccs have worn the green which is a splendid achievement for a rural club such as Buccaneers.

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BUCCS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS on May 25th next

published:May  06

Buccaneers Annual Player Awards event takes place in The Bounty later this month when our Senior, U-20, Junior and Womens players of the year will be announced along with the ‘Club Person of the Year’ winner who will be presented with the Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup’. The club has quite a number of players who have played on various Ireland teams during the season, including Jack Carty and Robbie Henshaw who have both featured on the Ireland Senior team. Niall Murray and Colm Reilly were members of the U-20 Six Nations grand slam winning squad while Niall’s brother Darragh was a regular on the Ireland U-18 team. John Sutton (Ireland Clubs) and Rory O’Connor (Ireland Students) were others to proudly and successfully wear the green jersey as did Liam Winnett (Ireland U-19) and Jordan Conroy (Ireland Sevens). Smart dress is the code for this event which takes place on Saturday, May 25th. Tickets €35 are on sale from our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 and early purchase is recommended. DJ Ray O’Reilly will provide the music following dinner and the presentation of awards.

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CONGRATS DARRAGH!

published:Apr  25

Congratulations to Buccaneers U-18.5's captain DARRAGH MURRAY who has had some Easter! He won the Connacht U-18 Player of the Season Award at the recent Connacht Awards event in Galway. He was unable to attend that ceremony as he was on his way to England with the Ireland U-18 Schools squad for a ten day international tournament. Darragh was one of only four players in that squad who started all three matches against France, England and Scotland. The Irish team played some brilliant rugby and Murray was outstanding throughout. It's been a fantastic season for this rising young star and he is certainly one to watch for the future. Well done, young man!  

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BUCCS FACE BALLINASLOE IN U-17 CUP FINAL

published:Apr  24

Buccaneers take on neighbours Ballinasloe in the final of the Connacht U-17 Cup at Dubarry Park on Sunday when the action in this derby decider gets under way at 1 p.m. Ballinasloe will be favourites following their table topping run in the league, including a good home victory over the Athlone boys. However, they lost out to Galwegians in the league decider. This will surely stimulate the Co. Galway side to atone for that setback in this Cup final. Buccs, meanwhile, enjoyed some very impressive league wins but inconsistency let them down in a couple of games. If they play to their collective potential and strengths they can take the silverware in what is Buccaneers final fixture of a lengthy season. It should be a sparkling encounter between two teams with bags of potential.

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