In February 2012 Dr Al Moroney passed away. Al was the only capped player to play for Ashbourne and he got 3 caps in the early 60’s playing in the front row. The Moroney Family presented one of Al’s caps to the club, a generous gesture that was much appreciated. His son Michael has played for the club as well for many years.
In 2012/2013 Ashbourne struggled in the league and survived in Div. 1b by winning a promotion/relegation play-off game in Balbriggan; when a point beat Malahide. We had also reached the quarter final of the Towns cup.
It was also the season that Ireland Women’s team won the RBS 6 Nations Championship, with Ashbourne hosting the key games over England and France. The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins arrived out for the French game and the atmosphere was electric. “Fortress Ashbourne” did its part in the success and the club was invited to the reception in Farmleigh House with the team, hosted by Minister Leo Varadkar.
It was also a great year for Ashbourne referee Helen O’Reilly when she received her first international game and was presented with her cap at the ARLB Dinner that season. She follows a great line of Ashbourne referees. (Picture on website of Ash)