Pres Bray, in association with Greenstar, is hosting its second annual Edmund Rice Cup and Family Gala Day on Sunday, 29th March from 12pm…

This year’s event offers a festival of rugby, music, art, family entertainment and food.

Pres. Bray would like to extend a warm welcome to families, friends, past pupils and indeed the whole North Wicklow community to enjoy the Family Day. Organisers are promising a host of activities for both children and adults alike. Kid’s attractions will include, bouncing castles, bouncing slides, novelty sumo wrestling, gladiator contests and face painting. Live music will provide a soundtrack to the event. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of tasty barbequed food on the day along with gourmet coffees, teas and pastries prepared by local barista Emmett Connell. The sweet tooth will also be catered for with fresh ice creams, soft drinks and sweets. Admission to the event is absolutely free.

Top rugby teams from Ireland and Scotland will be competing for the prestigious Rice Cup at both Junior and Senior level. An officially recognised tournament of the Leinster Branch of the IRFU this promises to showcase some of the brightest young rugby talent in these isles.

Participating teams include Pres Bray, Pres Cork, Newbridge College, CBC Monkstown and St. Aloysius, Glasgow all of which have produced rugby greats such as Ronan O’Gara, Peter Stringer, Jamie Heaslip and Reggie Corrigan to name but a few.

The tournament will also include the finals of the keenly contested Corrigan Cup – a first year Pres Bray Cup named after and presented by our most famous sporting son Reggie Corrigan.

Along with the sporting, family and culinary offerings the event will also hit the cultural notes. Pres Bray and Sion Hill in conjunction with local development group 80:20 will be painting and unveiling a 16ft X 6ft mural inspired by George Orwell’s ‘1984’.

PRO for the event Cathal O’Suilleabhain says: “Last year’s event was a massive success with a great turn out and idyllic weather. Thanks to the support of Greenstar, Data Electronics, our Past Pupils Union and other sponsors we have been able to plan and cater for all tastes from the rugby fan to the art buff not to mention an exciting range of activities for the younger kids. We stress that this event is open to all the local community and admission is free.”