Welcome Message From The President

Welcome Message From the President – Paul Short

It is a great honour for me to have been elected President of Old Wesley for the 2017/18 season. On behalf of all members of the club, I extend a warm welcome to all our visitors throughout the season and trust you will enjoy the warm hospitality that Old Wesley is renowned for.

Last year marked a significant milestone in the club, with the celebration of the 125th anniversary, together with the reopening of the clubhouse following the substantial developments works.  As part of our drive to provide the best facilities for our members and visitors we have made some further enhancements to the club house during the course of the summer.

I would like to congratulate Darren Horan on his re-election as captain of the Senior team and wish him all the best for the coming season, along with our coaches Morgan Lennon and Cian O’Connor.

Whilst the 1st team is the shop window of any club, junior rugby is the heartbeat. In this regard Old Wesley would pass an ECG test with flying colours.  Last season four trophies were won at this level. The J3s and J4s won their leagues and the J5s completed a remarkable double.  Such achievements do not come without the great work and commitment of team managers and coaches.  I congratulate all those involved and sincere thanks for your tremendous effort.  In particular, a special thanks to Stuart Kinlan for his input into junior rugby over the last number of years. His time and commitment has been invaluable.

Our Under 20s are a vital part of the rugby development within the club. I am delighted to welcome all new members at this level and wish them all the best for this season under the new coaching ticket of Ronan O’Donovan and Ian Dumbleton.

My thanks to all those involved in looking after our minis section and taking the time on Sunday mornings to coach and chauffeur potential future internationals.

I would like to congratulate Philip Orr on becoming Old Wesley’s first President of the IRFU since Henry Anderson in 1946.  It is well deserved and a great honour for both Philip and the club

Touch rugby in Old Wesley is in its third season. We now have over 40 full members in the Touch Rugby section; some of whom are also playing on our junior teams. Brian Leveau is the main driver behind this section of the club and he also played on the J5s team last season that won the double.

We are committed to the development of Women’s Rugby in Old Wesley, now that we are in a position to do so with the new facilities.  Accordingly, a financial budget has been allocated to the Women’s section with a three year development strategy.

Sponsorship is the key to the running of all rugby clubs today. I would like to acknowledge the great support we receive from all our sponsors.  In particular, I would like to thank our main sponsors, Savills, for their continued support.

To our “Gérante de bar” Michael Weafer, now entering his 15th season in Old Wesley, many thanks to you and your staff, and to Pauline and Brenda who run the office with great efficiency.  

Finally, and most importantly, I would like to acknowledge all club members who give of their time to make the club work. These are the unsung heroes and my sincerest thanks and appreciation to you all for your invaluable time and commitment.

Paul Short. President 2017-18

 

 

 

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