On the 13th of February, five very eager schools converged on Clondalkin RFC to compete in the inaugural Clondalkin Schools’ Cup.

With over 100 pupils participating in the competition, it was a day full of twists and turns and some excellent rugby.

The schools that took part on the day were St. Mac Dara’s Community College, Holy Family Community School, Hartstown Community School, Castleknock Community College and St. David’s CBS, in what was a new cup competition for the South Dublin County Council area.

Teams made up of first and second years took part in an unbelievable display of rugby for a group of players that had very little rugby playing experience. In fact, for the majority of players the Clondalkin Schools’ Cup was their first taste of the sport.

Speaking after the event, Leinster Rugby SDCC Community Rugby Officer Ken Moore said:

“The Clondalkin Schools’ Cup was a great opportunity to put the facilities here in Clondalkin RFC on display. We want to establish a link between all of these schools and the club so that we can get more players playing club rugby.”

St. Mac Dara’s Community College and Castleknock Community College met in the final with St. Mac Dara’s running out eventual winners on the day. All five schools showed some real heart and some very entertaining rugby throughout the day.

If you wold like any more information about how your school can get involved in upcoming Leinster Rugby events in the South Dublin County Council area, contact SDCC Community Rugby Officers Tom McKeown tom.mckeown@leinsterrugby.ie or Ken Moore CROSouthDublinCC@leinsterrugby.ie.