Gerry O'Shea elected Munster Rugby President
The Annual General Meeting of the Munster Branch was held last night at Young Munster's clubhouse in Clifford Park before a large attendance. The out-going President Bertie Smith in his address thanked everyone for their help and cooperation over the season and proposed Gerry O'Shea, Young Munster RFC, as the new President of the Munster Branch for season 2016/17, which was seconded by former IRFU President and Munster Branch Trustee Dr Charlie Quaid.
Married to Eileen with four children, Gerry is a successful Limerick based businessman and hugely influential in the wider Limerick community where he has been a stalwart of Young Munster for over 40 years.
A native of Loughrea, County Galway, Gerry was a keen hurler and developed an interest in rugby at underage level where he played for De La Salle Brothers in the School's Cup as well as his local club Loughrea RFC.
Following relocation to Limerick for career purposes, Gerry joined Young Munster RFC in the late 70's where he played in the back line at junior level.
Gerry's rugby interest moved off-field when he initially took up the role of Fixtures Secretary, becoming Young Munster President in 2003 while also serving Deputy Delegate to the Munster Branch.
Speaking at his election as the 119th Senior President of the Munster Branch Gerry said "I am honoured to be President of Munster Rugby for the coming season 2016/17 and would like to take this opportunity to thank Young Munster for nominating me for this position. My congratulations to Bertie Smith who held the position with great distinction over the past season.
"I have had a long association with rugby over the years, both as a player and at committee level, and am looking forward to representing the professional game, clubs and schools of the province to the best of my ability during my tenure as President."
Munster Branch Officers 2016/17
President: Gerry O'Shea (Young Munster RFC)
Senior Vice President: Charlie Buckley (UCC RFC)
Junior Vice President: Ger Malone (Bruff RFC)
Honorary Secretary: Joe Murphy (Midleton RFC)
Honorary Treasurer: Tom Kinirons (UL Bohemian RFC)
Senior Club Delegates
Bruff RFC: Richard Leonard
Cashel RFC: Peter Silke
Cork Constitution FC: Greg Barrett
Dolphin RFC: Mick Magner
Garryowen FC: Jim Gibson
Highfield RFC: Mick Carroll
Kanturk RFC: P.J. Cremin
Midleton RFC: Denis Kelleher
Nenagh Ormond RFC: Sean McCullough
Old Crescent RFC: Bill Hanley
Shannon RFC: John Sheerin
Sunday's Well: Nicholas Comyn
Thomond RFC: Joe Shaughnessy
UCC RFC: Owen Dinneen
UL Bohemian RFC: Patrick Durkan
Young Munster RFC: Gerry Quaid
Junior Rep East: Bobby O'Brien
Junior Rep North: Johnny King
Junior Rep South: Jim Downey
Junior Rep West: Tim Herlihy
Youths: Nuala Hennigar
Schools: Declan English
Munster Women: Paul Condon
Munster Referees: Eugene Ryan
Hon. Secretary North: David Kennedy
Hon. Secretary South: Muiris Mahon
Hon. Secretary Junior Committee: Olan Allen
Young Munster Senior Squad 2015/16
This Weekend's Fixture
Saturday May 14th
Munster Senior Cup Final
Young Munster v Cork Constitution
Thomond Park 2:30pm
Munster Junior Cup Winners 2016
This Weekend's Results
Sunday May 1st
Munster Junior Cup Final
Cork Constitution 13 v 22 Young Munster
Thank You Paul
On the occasion of the announcement by Paul O Connell of his decision to retire from playing Rugby, I would like to take this opportunity as President of Young Munster RFC, to offer Paul and his family the very best wishes for their future and to thank him on behalf of everyone associated with Young Munster RFC, for his tremendous playing career remembering especially, that it all started in our club.
Paul has never forgotten his associations with Young Munster RFC and his many exploits on the rugby field over the years has brought much joy and pride to everyone at the club.
To say that he is a hero in our club, is an understatement as he is indeed a living legend and we were delighted when he accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Life President of Young Munster RFC, earlier this season.
It is to be sincerely hoped he will continue to have a big input into the game in Limerick and Munster.
Your's in rugby,
President Young Munster RFC
Young Munster win Danaher Sheahan Memorial Cup
Paul O'Connell honoured
Saturday was a great day for Young Munster RFC. On the same afternoon that the Senior team overcame Cork Constitution in the Ulster Bank League, Division 1A fixture, we made our own legendary lock, Paul O'Connell, an honorary life Vice-President of the club.
More than 200 people were present at the Young Munster v Cork Constitution pre-match function, including many of Paul O'Connell's former team-mates, as the Limerick club honoured him.
It was an occasion of mixed emotions at Tom Clifford Park, however, as Young Munster stalwart Willie Allen passed away on Friday. In his acceptance speech, Paul acknowledged Willie's contribution to the club and to himself personally.
During his speech, Paul emphasised the importance of local clubs in the development of young players and thanked many of the ex-coaches and players for their support and assistance throughout the years.
The former Munster, Ireland and Lions captain (pictured receiving his award from current Young Munster RFC President Tony Cusack) went on to recall some of the memorable (and often humorous) moments of his career with Young Munster, and the special bonds that will forever exist with him and club rugby in Ireland.
He mentioned and thanked other clubs, with specific reference to Cork Constitution, for their contribution and development of players, who furthered their own careers with the Irish provinces and the national team.
Paul's good friend, Donncha O'Callaghan, was frequently mentioned during this section of the speech, and all of the stories generated a lot of laughter from the assembled crowd.
Ireland's RWC 2015 skipper used these stories to emphasise the incredible friendships that are created through club rugby, even if the players come from different clubs. He also reminded the Cork Con delegation in attendance that even though the O'Connell family have strong links with Cork rugby, Sunday's Well is their club of choice, of which, all the O'Connell family are members!
In true Paul O'Connell-style, he signed autographs and posed for photographs for the huge crowd that seemed to appear from nowhere once the formalities had finished.