Snapshot: Irish club rugby still means everything

Clontarf beat St. Mary’s in Division 1A of the All-Ireland league last night, with this wonderful photo captured.


CLONTARF SECURED A 24-13 victory over St. Mary’s in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League last night under floodlights at Castle Avenue to move to the top of the league, at least until around 4pm this afternoon.

Tries in the second half from substitute hooker Bryan Byrne and winger Michael McGrath proved to be the difference for Clontarf, with out-half David Joyce kicking the other 14 points. Mary’s number 10 Gavin Dunne kept them in the game with a couple of penalties, while his replacement Steve Toal-Lennon scored a try in the second period.

The wonderful photo above shows Ian Hirst, Simon Crawford and Cian Culleton of Clontarf RFC watching on as Mary’s kick for goal. The commitment club rugby players give every week in the AIL is a wonderful thing and this snapshot gives a glimpse of the focus and desire they bring to Irish rugby. Long may it last.

Photo credit: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

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