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Andy Kettle RIP

Ashbourne RFC would like to pass on our condolences to the family of Andy (Drew) Kettle who passed away yesterday. Everybody knows Andy for the work he did for Dublin GAA and his own club, The Fingal Ravens, near neighbours of ours. But he also played rugby with Ashbourne in our early days and was as tough and uncompromising player as you will get. He was a talented footballer and a great team mate. Though he is first love was gaelic, he...

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Ashbourne U19s deliver against a strong Enniscorthy/Wexford in the Leinster League.

Enniscorthy 7 – 11 Ashbourne Ashbourne travelled to Enniscorthy for this Leinster League fixture on what proved to be the coldest morning of the year. Conditions were grim and the scheduled mid-day kick-off was delayed for 15 minutes to allow the watery winter sun work its magic on a hard frozen playing surface. When the action finally got under way the early exchanges were fairly even and big hits by Conall McGrath, Peter Anderson and...

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Week 13 The Legends – Outside Centres

Week 13 The Legends – Outside Centres

Entry forms and details of how to enter will be available next week with our final list of nominations                    Week 13 – Outside Centre #13’s                          (1)   Gerry Duignan Ger is the son of the late great founding member of the club- Fergus Duignan (RIP). There was no one more proud of seeing Gerry come all the way through the youths of the club and onto the 1st XV team, than...

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The Legends – Scrum Halves

The Legends – Scrum Halves

Week 12 – Scrum Half’s #9’s                          (1)   Paddy Magill Having contacted the Club by letter, the then President (John May) and Captain (Jeff) decided to take a gamble and bring Paddy to this side of the world and see how a southern hemisphere player could bring the club forward. The Original Mr Grumpy, Paddy was one of the first Kiwi arrivals to Ashbourne (1993/93) and was responsible for the...

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Under 10′s Go Southside

Under 10′s Go Southside

Ash RFC U10 fielded 2 strong teams of 9 players on  Sunday morning when we travelled to St Bridget’s in Cabinteely. Each team played 2 games and all four games were very competitive but sporting affairs. St Bridget’s had a couple of big strong carriers but the Ash lads tackled low and hard to stop any charges. Once Ash had the ball they used it to great effect. The passing and handling  was fantastic from Ash as they ran their...

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Legends – Week 10 – Openside Flanker #7’s

Legends –   Week 10 – Openside Flanker #7’s

  (1)   Mark Rooney The Other Sibling of the famous Ashbourne rugby Rooney family, Mark an outstanding Back row player in our clubs history. Having won a senior cup (SCT) with Clongowes Wood College and one of the star players in that strong Clongowes team, Mark went onto play for Old Belvedere, but fell out of love with the game and took a bit of a break. He then joined his ‘twin’ bro James, and started enjoying rugby again at...

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Full Backs – The Legends!!

Full Backs – The Legends!!

                Week 9 – Full Backs  #15                    (1)   Pat Rooney Pat is our current President and who better for this, his third year in office!. The Rooney Family have a long association with Our Club, and Pat back in his playing days was one of the most capped full-backs ever on the first fifteen. An automatic choice week in week out, Pats name was always one of the first on the team sheet at those...

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