Not for the first time, Creggs RFC put its best foot forward on Saturday last when the club officially opened its new pitches and hosted a dinner dance to coincide with its 45th anniversary celebrations.
The tone was set at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning when over 400 young players turned up to take part in a series of mini blitzes. The day continued with a number of games involving club teams, culminating in the official opening by a number of people representing various strands of the club.
“It was just a fantastic day. We had huge numbers, great games and a wonderful dinner dance that attracted nearly 250 people to round it off. The weekend will stay with people for a long time,” Club President Aidan Farrell told the Herald on Monday.
The Creggs first team’s thrilling victory against a strong Buccaneers side was among a number of highlights, as was the invitational match involving a number of Creggs veterans who “rediscovered their fitness and flair” on the big stage.
“The place was buzzing. It was a very proud day for the club and the community,” continued Mr Farrell.
Later that evening in the Abbey Hotel, guest speakers at the club’s dinner dance included Aidan Farrell, John Carr, Connacht Branch; Sue Carty, World Rugby Council member, and Michael Ward, Ward and Burke, sponsors.
A cheque for €1500 was presented by Adrian Leddy, on behalf of the club, to Fergus Farrell for the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. An auction also took place where €2400 was raised for the IRFU Charitable Trust.
Teams honoured on the night included the 1988 men’s double winning team and the All-Ireland winning women’s side of 1994. Both teams were introduced by Frank Brandon, who penned a fitting poem for the occasion, and Ger Dowd.