IRELAND PLAY SCOTLAND IN ATHLONE ON FRIDAY | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Feb  20   2018


IRELAND CLUBS play their Scotland counterparts in an attractive international fixture to be played at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on this Friday night, February 23rd. Kick off is at 7.30 p.m. for this floodlit encounter.


Tickets can be purchased in advance from the club or at The Bounty but cash will be taken at the turnstiles on match night. Admission to the Stand is €12 with Terrace tickets costing €10. OAP/Students is €5. Primary school children will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult while discount vouchers have been distributed to Secondary schools for their pupils. Further vouchers for schools and/or local clubs can be obtained by contacting our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711.


Players from 14 Ulster Bank League clubs have been selected on the Ireland squad which is coached by Morgan Lennon and Johne Murphy. All the top clubs are represented and spectators should be rewarded by the endeavours of Clontarf’s classy centre Matt Darcy, Garryowen’s influential scrumhalf Neil Cronin, St. Mary’s College captain Ciaran Ruddock, Terenure College lock Alex Thompson and Kolo Kiripati’s buddy Paulie Tolofua, the Naas No.8. Rising Northern club Banbridge’s Cromie brothers Michael and Peter are included while, for the first time, clubs from Division 2A have players in the squad with Cashel tighthead prop James Kendrick and Greystones winger Jack Keating being that division’s trail blazers.


An entertaining and competitive joust is in prospect and, hopefully, sports fans from the greater midlands region will flock to Dubarry Park in their droves.




BUCCANEERS SECONDS take on leaders Ballina in the Connacht Junior 1A League at Dubarry Park on Sunday, kick off 2.30 p.m. Holders Ballina boast a 100% win record to date this season and Buccs will need to be at their battling and organised best to take something from this test.




It was zero degrees and there was snow on the ground when volunteers began assembling at 8 a.m. in Dubarry Park last Thursday morning in the countdown to the Ireland Open Training Session. But apart from one short, sharp hailstones deluge, favourable sunny weather conditions prevailed for what was a hugely successful and excellently organised event as thousands of fans flocked to the Athlone venue where they witnessed the Ireland Senior and U-20 squads go through their paces.


The forward planning and hard work put in by the host Buccaneers club was evident on the day with everything going smoothly for the sold out session. The enforced absence through injury of local hero Robbie Henshaw could not dampen the enthusiasm of the mainly young attendance who were given lots of time at the end of the session to get autographs or take selfies with the Ireland rugby stars. At the press conference in the Lower Deck, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was glowing in his praise for “the incredible facilities and welcome at the club” and he also highlighted “the enthusiasm and spirit of the fans at Dubarry Park”. Conor Murray, Bundee Akee, Tadhg Furlong, Peter O’Mahony, Rory Best and especially Jonathan Sexton were the main attractions for the fans as was U-20 forwards coach Paul O’Connell.. Sexton and skipper Best were the last players to leave the pitch and the iconic outhalf really made the day for one little girl aged about 2 named Ava when he gave her his Ireland beanie after posing for a last round of photographs.. A lovely touch and fitting final act to a wonderful occasion at Buccaneers.


Buccaneers RFC thanks all who attended on the day, the IRFU and Joe Schmidt in particular for holding the session in Athlone, all the Ireland players and especially the numerous volunteers from the club who gave freely of their time to ensure that everyone saw the club at its best and what it can offer. Thank you, one and all.


‘OFF THE BALL’ at ‘The Bounty’


At time of writing, Newstalk Radio is planning to broadcast their popular ‘OFF THE BALL’ programme live from The Bounty on Wednesday, March 7th. Athlonian Adrian Barry is one of the driving forces on this popular sports programme. It is anticipated that the show will commence circa 7 p.m. and will feature a bunch of guests such as Eddie O’Sullivan and Keith Wood and, hopefully, current players such as Jack Carty. Watch this space for further details.


Pre-match function for Clontarf match

There will be a pre-match function for Buccaneers home game against Clontarf at Dubarry Park on Saturday, March 3rd, kick off 2.30 p.m. Cost is only €30 per person for a 3-course meal with wine, complimentary matchday programme and free admission to the stand. Groups or individuals can be catered for. To book, please contact Pat Hynes 0876883833 or our Administrator Geraldine 0861732711. Meal commences at 12.45 p.m.