Almost 200 boys and girls from schools in the Mullingar area came together to participate in a rugby blitz held in the local rugby club…

David Farrelly, CCRO for the Mullingar area had been visiting the schools since September and invited the schools to an inter schools blitz. The schools taking part were St Colman’s, Gaelscoil an Mhuillean, Gainstown, Curraghmore and Educate Together National Schools.

It was a lovely crisp autumnal day and perfect for displaying all the newly learnt skills. Indeed the referees helping out on the day were very impressed with the enthusiasm and talent shown. The emphasis was on skills and fair play rather than winning and consequently meant more players were involved in games. Each game lasted 10 minutes and every school got at least 6 matches, so plenty of game time for all.

After the games every player got some Leinster Rugby memorabilia as a reward for all their efforts. The teachers were delighted with the organisation of the event and thought it was brilliant to see that participation was more important than winning.

All my pupils got a run out today, even the non-sporty kids. It’s great to see inclusiveness being stressed as life will get competitive enough for them as they grow up.’ said Michael Molloy, one of the teachers.

A special thank you to the referees Claire O’Brien, Andrew Payton and Leinster CRO Steve Coy for their help on the day.

If anybody would like information about coaching in the Mullingar area, contact Leinster Rugby’s Club Community Rugby Officer, Dave Farrelly at