Tallaght RFC Forever Home Campaign

Tallaght Rugby Club was set up in 2002 as part of the “Tallaght Project”, an IRFU initiative designed to introduce rugby in non-traditional areas. Over the last 19 years the club has come on leaps and bounds with the inclusion of a second senior men’s team, a women’s team, under 16 girls, under 16/18 boys and an ever expanding youth division ages 5 upwards.  Although our club is growing in numbers and flourishing, we have yet to find a permanent safe place to call “Home”. 

Over the last number of months our club has been at the receiving end of several anti social behaviour incidents which has led to our club property and council provided pitches being damaged. Most recently upon welcoming back our Senior teams to training, we discovered our pitch in Tymon Park was callously destroyed by vandals. Our posts were knocked down, a car burned out, the pitch scorched rendering it unusable. We have no idea when we will get to use this pitch again. Having no control over our ground is not feasible long-term. As a club we have decided that enough is enough. The time has come where we need to find a safe secure space for our rugby family. This is why we are launching the “Tallaght RFC Forever Home Campaign”.

We are asking to kindly help us raise funds so that we are in a better position to look at securing a space to call our own. The funds we raise might get us as far as a deposit for grounds to create a pitch or even (dreaming big here) develop a clubhouse.

No donation is too small as you are helping realise big dreams for our rugby family. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to when we can welcome you to our new home in the hopefully near future.

If you can’t donate please share our story with your family and friends. We are also always seeking new players to join our club from ages 5 upwards! No experience necessary. Feel free to contact us on our social media pages for more details. 

Thank you….Don’t stop believing ❤️

Donate here.

Michael Caswell R.I.P.

Everyone at Tallaght Rugby Club was greatly saddened to hear of the passing this week of Michael (Mick) Caswell, the father of our long-standing player Andrew.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Doreen, children Michael, Sandy, Neil, Jacqueline and the late Derek, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his friends and family.

In line with Government/HSE advice, a small private funeral will take place. Mick’s family would ask that over the coming days, everyone who knew Mick would take some time to light a candle or say a prayer in his memory.

To view Mick’s Service on Saturday at 2:30pm please see the link below: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/newslands-cross-cemetery-crematorium

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Men’s Players awards 2019/20 season

The (socially distanced) winners

The Tallaght men’s awards for the 2019/20 season finally took place on a cold and wet December evening after training. They had been delayed since the season was prematurely ended in March in the hope the whole club could come together to celebrate as normal by now. However Covid 19 had other ideas but the Tallaght management wanted to mark the achievements of the season before they faded too much from memory.

It was an excellent season for both the first’s and second’s mens teams. The firsts only lost one game in the league as they topped the table and were awarded the Division 6 Metro league title when the final was cancelled. In Division 11 the men’s seconds team competed gamely to finish second to a dominant Clondalkin team who were awarded the title when the final was cancelled.

Hooker Ken McGovern was chosen by the coaches as the first team’s Player of the year. He was also chosen by his peers as the Player’s Player of the year, the first Tallaght player to be awarded both awards in the same season. Head coach Tom Leigh felt the double award was a measure of the respect Ken has in the club. “Ken was immense last season. His set-piece work was excellent and his ball carrying was superb. But where he really stood out was his defence. So many times we were under severe pressure on our line and Ken would be there time and again making massive hits. He was also a real leader off the pitch helping and advising younger lads.”

Player and Player’s player of the year: Ken McGovern

The second’s team player of the year was centre Jordan Corrigan. Second’s team captain/coach Simon Gaskell said Corrigan was a deserved winner. “We had a lot of new players who made a big impression so this wasn’t an easy choice. But Jordan came in and was quality from the start bringing power, pace and aggression from midfield. Unfortunately as second’s coach I mightn’t have him much longer as he’s starting to break into the first team squad now this season, but it’s going to be great to watch him progress and fulfil his potential.”

Second’s player of the year Jordan Corrigan

Finally the try of the season was awarded to Australian full back Simon Collie for his effort away to Barnhall. Collie has been one of the club’s standout players and characters since joining five years ago. His pace, strength and balance have seen him score countless great individual tries on the counter attack so it’s ironic that he’s awarded try of the season this time for a great team effort.

The move started with a perfectly executed lineout just inside Tallaght’s half. Then half backs Andy Rudd and Dave Clarke worked the ball to inside centre Denny McCarthy who had been in rampaging ball carrying form that day. But he surprised the Barnhall defence by turning to his right and executing a perfect cross field kick that landed into winger Aaron Shanahan’s path.

Shanahan showed all his Gaelic football skills to soar and take the ball and then offload it, all in the same movement. Collie didn’t even have to break stride as he took the offload and broke through stepping the Barnhall full back on his way to score under the posts. It was a try any team at any level would have been proud to score.

Try of the season: Simon Collie

Well done to all the winners and hopefully some day soon we can do these awards together in nicer circumstances.

Happy Christmas and a happy new year to everyone at Tallaght RFC and all our friends, family and supporters!

Your Club, Your Country tickets

YOUR CLUB YOUR COUNTRY GRAND PRIZE DRAW!!!!!..It’s that time of year again folks. Tallaght RFC are selling tickets for this great draw and this year you can buy them online by clicking the link below.


Here are the great prizes:

Summer Tour in Pacific Islands in June 2021
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons – Compliments of Vodafone

Win a €5,000 holiday
Holiday voucher worth up to €5,000 (Compliments of Energia)

Italy v Ireland 2021 Guinness Six Nations VIP trip to Rome with the IRFU Patrons Club
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (Compliments of Canterbury)

Scotland v Ireland 2021 Guinness Six Nations VIP trip to Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Return flights, hotel accommodation, match tickets and spending allowance for two persons (Compliments of Volkswagen)

Experience Business Class Service with Aer Lingus
Transatlantic business class return flights to East Coast routes with Aer Lingus for two persons (Compliments of Aer Lingus)

2021 Galway Races VIP package
Corporate hospitality at the Galway races and overnight hotel accommodation for two persons (Compliments of Guinness)

Aldi Shopping voucher
Voucher to the value of €2000 (Compliments of Aldi)

A state of the art home entertainment system
Flat screen TV and surround sound equipment to the value of €1,500 (Compliments of Aviva Home Insurance)

Elverys Shopping voucher
Voucher to the value of €1000 (Compliments of Elverys)

VIP package to both 2021 Guinness Six Nations matches in Aviva Stadium

(Compliments of The Hospitality Partnership)


Dublin Dogos 5 Tallaght 1st 27

Andy Rudd

Dublin Dogos 5

Tallaght 1sts 27

Tries: Rob Hudson, Andy Rudd 2, Ken McGovern
Con: Rob Hudson 2
Pen: Rob Hudson

Leinster League Division 3
Sydney Parade

The Tallaght men’s first team took on the Dublin Dogos in their first competitive match in seven months. After winning Metro League Divisions 6 & 7 in consecutive seasons, the Tallaght first team have joined the Leinster League for this season which means Sunday rugby.

With the heavy rain in the morning, there was a fear the fixture might not go ahead but the pitch was in excellent condition. Tallaght started slowly and were stuck in their own half defending for most of the first quarter. After five minutes Tallaght looked stretched on the flanks but left winger Rob Hudson intercepted the ball and showed his pace to run the ball back 80 metres to score a try.

The Dogos should have hit back three minutes later but their penalty attempt in front of the posts went wide. Finally after twenty minutes Tallaght got into the Dogos half for the second time. Skipper Adam Nolan made a powerful burst and linked up with Simon Collie who was only denied a try by the last defender. But Tallaght were awarded a penalty which Hudson converted to make it 8-0.

Josh Sweeney (son of former Tallaght player and coach Simon) and Jordan Corrigan were both making their first starts for the 1sts. Sweeney made several big tackles and Corrigan carried impressively. The Dogos were the next to score though when they worked the ball wide and broke through for a deserved try after 30 minutes. They missed the conversion though and another penalty attempt in front of the posts which really should have levelled the game.

Instead Tallaght took advantage when winger Ciaran Rudd caught a punt in his own half and kicked it long. He was taken out as he chased his own kick but his brother Andy was following up as well and he skilfully gathered the ball and touched it down for the try to give Tallaght a 13-5 lead at half-time.

In the second half Tallaght dominated possession more but their lineout let them down a number of times. The Dogos seemed to tire and they conceded a lot of penalties. With twenty minutes left, the referee lost patience and they were shown a yellow card for persistent offending. Tallaght went for the lineout and though the maul was collapsed the forwards picked and drove a number of times. Eventually Andy Rudd spotted a gap and sniped over for his second try of the match which Rob Hudson converted to make it 20-5.

The game was Tallaght’s now but for the first time ever they had a four-try bonus point to go for. Previously they’d always played in leagues where there was only losing bonus points. Their cause was helped by the Dogos getting another yellow card for a high tackle. A superb kick from Rob Hudson from his own twenty two to the Dogos twenty two put Tallaght in a great position to score.

Once again they attacked from a lineout and after another series of picks and drives, hooker Ken McGovern forced his way over for a try to earn the bonus point. Hudson converted and the final score was 27-5 to Tallaght.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was satisfied with the game. “We started slowly and they dominated the ball early on. But we got a couple of opportunistic scores and in the second half, we were a lot better. There’s lots to work on, like our lineout and our protection of the ball at the ruck. But we defended well and played some decent rugby in tough conditions. The Dogos are a fine team who finished fourth in this league last year. So to come here and get a win and our first ever four try bonus point is an excellent day’s work. It was also great a to see a number of young players make their debuts for the first team and they fitted in seamlessly. We have the Dogos again next week and we’ll be looking to improve but overall we’re delighted.”

Man of the match: Adam Nolan

Tallaght RFC

1. Alan Sower
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andy Grace
4. Alan Moore
5. Colin Morrison
6. Josh Sweeney
7. Jack Russell
8. Adam Nolan (Captain)
9. Andrew Rudd
10. David Clarke
11. Rob Hudson
12. Jordan Corrigan
13. Nick McGuinness
14. Ciaran Rudd
15. Simon Collie
16. Andy Caswell
17. Padraig O Ciardha
18. Joe Ivers
19. Darryl Keogh
20. Karl Segrave

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photo: Anne Kavanagh


Weekend Fixtures October 2nd to 4th

Welcome back! Tallaght RFC are back in competitive action this weekend.

With the current Covid-19 restrictions in Dublin most junior rugby matches are off. But the Tallaght men’s firsts are permitted to play their first Leinster League Division 3 fixture of a season.

Originally Tallaght were due to travel to Clane for their opening match but in a fixture switch to stay within Dublin they will instead play the Dublin Dogos on Sunday. Kick off is at 3PM in Monkstown’s ground in Sydney Parade.

Due to restrictions they game will be played without spectators but we will do our best to provide score updates on Facebook.

Tallaght Run for Aware 2020

Tallaght RFC has originally planned to run from Thomond Park in Limerick to our home pitch in Firhouse on Saturday the 22nd of August. The plan was for 40 runners from the club to cover the trip running 4-5km each over a 24 hour period from midday on the Saturday through to midday on the Sunday. The run in aid of the mental health charity Aware was originally launched in July.

Initially there was a target set of 10,000 euro. However when the run was announced in July just on social media by the club and the individual runners, the response was frankly astonishing. In just two weeks, the target of 10,000 euro had been donated. A revised target of 15,000 euro was set.

However because the route would take taken us through counties in lockdown, the plans had to be changed on Thursday. Instead Tallaght would attempt to cover the same distance by running for 24 hours doing laps on our home pitch in Firhouse. So they started at 12 noon on Saturday and kept going despite the wind and rain. The good thing about the re-arrangement was that the runners’ children, friends and pets were able to join them for a lap or two. Passing motorists beeped in support as the teams ran through the night in prearranged shifts. On Sunday morning the youths teams and their coaches joined in to keep the running going.

The runners covered closer to 300km in the end and the final laps were completed by coach Gary Brennan and the IRFU director of rugby development Colin McEntee. All of this drove the fundraising on and the target of 15,000 euro was reached early on Sunday morning.

The club is hugely proud to have generated this much money for such an important cause. We want to thanks everyone who made a donation and all our runners and their friends and family who supported them. We want to thanks everyone at Aware and also Alan Quinlan, Donncha O’Callaghan and everyone in the media who helped publicise the run.

We want to thank everyone at the club who helped organise the event and who volunteered to man the station to support the runners on the day. A special thanks must go to PRO Emma-Louise Doyle who’s ninja level social media skills drove the fundraising on. Anne Kavo Kavanagh was no only one of the runners but also supplied great photos of the event, a selection of which you can see below.

Last but not least, everyone at the club wants to thank our Chairman Luke Tyrrell who originally came up with the idea and put in a huge amount of work with Aware to make it happen. There are still ambitions to do the run from Limerick to Tallaght next year should it be possible. But this was still a wonderful day when the club pulled together for a great cause.

The donation link is still live for another week so it’s not too late to donate here.

Mary Curtis R.I.P.

Everyone at Tallaght Rugby was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Curtis, the mother of our long-time player, coach and director of rugby Brian.

In accordance with the government guidelines in the Covid-19 crisis, a private funeral Mass for family and friends took place in St Joseph’s Church, Kilnaboy, on Thursday, 6th August, with burial afterwards in Kilnaboy Cemetery.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Mary’s children Anne, Michael, Pat, Brian, Sile and Kate, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sister, extended family and friends.

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Antoinette Kavanagh R.I.P.

Everyone at Tallaght Rugby was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Antoinette Kavanagh, the mother of our long-time player and club photographer Anne.

In accordance with the government guidelines in the Covid-19 crisis, a small private funeral will be held but will be streamed live on crumlinparish.ie Friday at 10AM.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Antoinette’s husband Noel, children Michael, Pauline, Anne, Daniel and Jamie-Lee and all her family and friends at this difficult time.

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