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Happy New Year to you, we do hope you are doing well and staying safe under the latest Covid restrictions.

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Watch this space, final circulation of the club Strategic Roadmap 2021-2024 will be shared in the coming days.


  • January Club Draw - Friday 15th January 2021 (Result published online immediately after the draw).
  • DAF January Monthly Coffee Morning - Thursday 28th January 2021 (Zoom invites issued nearer the time).


Our U20s have decided to take on the difficult task of running 1000KM in 7 days, beginning on January 17th and finishing on January 23rd. They are doing this in aid of the IRFU Charitable Trust who provide assistance and support to seriously injured rugby players.

If you can donate, the lads and the Trust would greatly appreciate any amount given - it really is a great cause to support.

The Trust exists to 'inspire true rugby spirit, championing care and empowering our seriously injured players to live life to the full', and all money donated will help do just that!





Are you signed up to our St. Mary's College RFC Monthly Club Draw???

The lucky winner wins €1,000.

It's not too late to enter. ENTER HERE NOW

Remember, if you're not in you can't win

Well done to our December winner Jack Ebbs.

Check out all the previous draw results HERE.

For any questions regarding the draw or the app please contact John Bainbridge at


Let's TACKLE suicide!
Complete the training now!

Shoulder to shoulder, as a club, we want to empower our members by encouraging them to complete this FREE suicide awareness training.

💻Identify the signs that someone may be suicidal
💻Employ the correct language in asking the appropriate questions
💻Know how to direct that person to the appropriate help.   

🏉It takes 20-40 minutes
🏉You will get a 'Restart' or 'Continue' option at any time from the same device if you are interrupted.
🏉Certificate of completion (PDF format)
🏉You will have gained the skills to Show you Care, Ask the Question, Make the Call

Find the training and more information at

Suitable for members over 18 years

Share your certificate across social media, encourage your teammates, friends & family members to do it too!

Make sure to tag Ohana ZERO suicide & the club after you complete your course!

Sue Carthy, who will be well familiar with a lot of people in the club, is involved in this great initiative. 



Here are some podcasts you might find of interest.

Gavin Hickie's Rugby Revealed Podcast: - CLICK HERE

What Makes You Tick with Stephen Bradshaw: - CLICK HERE

The Club Scene Podcast, featuring Rob Sweeney, Colm McMahon and Darragh Fanning: - CLICK HERE



If you haven't noticed it so far this season, Leinster Rugby have been producing online Digital Programmes for all their home games this season. Well worth a look if you have seen them already.

Leinster v Ulster - 08/01/2021 HERE
Leinster v Connacht - 02/01/2021 HERE
Leinster v Northampton - 19/12/2020 HERE
Leinster v Cardiff - 22/11/2020 HERE
Leinster v Edinburgh - 16/11/2020 HERE
Leinster v Zebre - 23/10/2020 HERE
Leinster v Dragons - 02/10/2020 HERE

The Where Are They Now piece has also featured a few St. Mary's College RFC Men:


THE BEGINNINGS – 1900 (extract A Centenary Celebration, Chapter 1 by Fred Cogley)
THE ELECTRIC TRAMS trundled along the Rathmines Road, some of the passengers taking advantage of the balmy summer evening to sit in the open-sided front portion upstairs. As the trolley rolled along the overhead powerline it sparked occasionally and John Meade looked up from his copy of the Dublin Evening Mail to check that he hadn't passed the stop. As he alighted close to the familiar Church, he was aware of a sense of excitement in anticipation of an interesting meeting. He sprinted across the road, avoiding those four tramlines, just as he had done so often as a schoolboy on his way from his home on the North Circular Road to the new school - St. Mary's College.

It was September 1900 and the College had been celebrating its first decade of existence. Two years earlier, the first group of past pupils had come together to form a Union and, while it seemed a worthy exercise, it hadn't quite identified a role it could play. But the cricket club that had been form ed had been quite successful and, in fact, it had been during the cricket season that some of the players had talked about the possibilities of establishing a Rugby club. Although there were only a few past students present at the time there was no lack of enthusiasm and John Meade suggested that they should call a meeting with a view to setting up a club.

So, having sent out the circulars, John walked up the railed driveway from the Rathmines Road towards the big house. The Holy Ghost Fathers had extended the house towards the rear to incorporate extra classrooms, priests' accommodation, and the school hall. As he reached the hall door, he looked across the front field where he had enjoyed many an afternoon learning the rudiments of Rugby football in the Holy Childhood League. Perhaps, he thought, we might be back to play again if there is enough interest in the meeting to-night.
He looked to his right as the Town Hall clock rang out seven o'clock. It was time to go inside to organise the chairs and the new President of the College, Rev. Dr. Crean was there to welcome him. As they prepared for the meeting Dr. Crean was optimistic that there would be a good turn-out. Word had spread and in the light of the progress made by the Cricketers there was every reason to believe the idea of a Rugby club would be even more enthusiastically welcomed.
And so, it proved. The well- attended meeting unanimously decided to form a football club, to be known as 'Old St. Mary's F.C.'; John Meade was asked to act as Hon. Sec. pro tem and it was resolved to enter for both the Junior League and Junior Cup competitions. So determined were they to get' the show on the road that they arranged for a practice match in the College on the following Saturday and a general meeting was arranged for the following Monday.

John Meade was a tired man as he retraced his steps down the front driveway some hours later - tired but elated. 'Old St. Mary's' was a reality. His mind was racing as he went back over the events of the last few hours and the immediate workload he faced. As he reached the gate, he realised he had just missed the Terenure tram but, fortunately, he could make out the approach of the Dartry tram. He sat on one of the wooden seats and decided that the first chore should be to announce to the world the formation of a new Rugby Club.

On Saturday September 29, 1900, The Dublin Evening Mail carried the following notice: "There was a most enthusiastic meeting in St. Mary's College on Thursday evening, when it was decided to form a football club, to be known as 'Old St. Mary's F.C.' It was resolved to enter for both the Junior League and Junior Cup competitions. The first practice match takes place to-day at 3 o'clock and there will be a general meeting held in the College at 8 o'clock on Monday evening next. Challenges for first and second XVs should be sent to Mr. John Meade, Hon. Secretary pro tem, 105, North Circular road."
Whatever about the practice match, that first general meeting was a huge success with all the evident youthful optimism, tempered by a mature realisation that a college as small as St. Mary 's could not maintain a sufficient supply of players to justify the introduction of a 'closed policy'. It was clear, too, that if the club was to reflect the broad philosophy of the college it should be 'open ' and in the de cades that followed the tradition has been of in estimable value, as St. Mary' s College R.F.C. has developed into one of the most popular and most successful clubs in Ireland. As the first general meeting progressed, it was decided that they wouldn't rush their entry into the provincial competitions but, rather, they would build up their playing strength under the guidance of the first club captain - Jim Brennan, who had served with some distinction with the cricket club. Later on in life, as Seamus O’Braonain, - he was to become the Director of Broadcasting of Radio Eireann, the fledgling national broad casting service, showing the qualities of integrity and leadership which marked his commitment to St. Mary' s in those early years. It is surely an unusual coincidence that after 99 years, St. Mary's should enter the new Millennium with another Brennan as captain - Trevor, destined to lead the club in its 100th year to the dizzy heights of All-Ireland success.
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