Welcome Message From The President
Welcome Message From the President – David Pierce
It is a great honour for me to have been elected President of Old Wesley RFC for the 125th year of this great club.
It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the great Old Wesley v Barbarians game here at Donnybrook. Many changes have taken place over that time both in the game of professional rugby and in the infrastructure supporting the professional and amateur game.
We are extremely proud of our new State of the Art clubhouse, which is credit to the membership who supported its development, with assistance from both Government and the IRFU . The new Old Wesley clubhouse augments the marvelous playing facilities that we share in Donnybrook. They are a far cry from the muddy fields , cold showers and heavy jerseys I recall from my own playing days across many junior teams in the club. Thankfully some of the best traits such as camaraderie , banter and enthusiasm for touring remain in place. True to this we look forward to visiting Boston on a club tour as part of the 125th celebrations later in the season.
What would our founders “A.J. and R.J. Crawford , P.W. Robinson and A.H. Kapp ” think, if they viewed the club they founded 125 years ago? I am sure they would be very proud of the many achievements of the club over the 125 years, culminating in this fine facility for all our members to enjoy.
The clubs progressive performance in the AIL has been a credit to our coaching , players and administration. I would like to wish our coach , Morgan Lennon, our newly elected Captain Darren Horan, and his squad a successful and enjoyable season.
The Clubs junior sides have been very successful in recent seasons and have increased the pennant count substantially. The Minis / Youths continue to grow both in stature and numbers and are the future of the club. To all those on our executive committee, and to all the committee workers, coaches, managers, bag men, medics and supporters who help with all the teams from 1st XV, Junior Rugby, U20s, Minis and Youths, I say thank you on behalf of Old Wesley.
A special word of thanks to all our sponsors. The clubs main sponsor, Savills, have supported Old Wesley for a number of years. It is important that we support them and all our sponsors and advertisers.
Have a great day when you visit Old Wesley RFC, “A club for life”.
David Pierce. President 2016-17
Dave Pierce joined Old Wesley after leaving secondary school in 1973. He played and captained a number of junior teams for 20 years , before moving into club administration. He has served as Honorary Treasurer, Head of Fundraising , International Ticket Secretary and more recently as Club Chairman. Dave has headed up the Fund Raising Committee for the new club pavilion in Donnybrook.
A former banker Dave now works as a business consultant. He is married to Jackie and has two daughters, Rachel and Elaine.