Fantastic day in Killarney for a VIP visitor:
Womens World Cup Trophy
Last Monday was a hectic one for all involved in girls rugby in Killarney Rugby Club as we welcomed the Women’s Rugby World Cup Trophy to Killarney. We had the trophy for the full day and planned a busy day for the visit. All we were hoping for was that the weather would hold and we could bring the trophy outdoors and true enough the weather held up.
Cullina National School out in force to welcome the Trophy
First up we brought the trophy out to Beaufort where a fantastic welcome was given at Cullina National School. The kids who were kitted out in their jerseys gave a rousing version of Ireland’s Call, followed by an amazing Haka ‘As Geailge’ and got some great photos with the trophy. The sunshine really made the day memorable for all involved and it was fantastic to see so many kids in rugby jerseys and especially in Killarney Rugby jerseys!
Killarney RFC Coaches with some of our players
Then it was onto Faha, where we received another fine welcome. All 189 kids got a class photo taken with the trophy and some excellent questions were asked about the history of the world cup and about rugby in general.
The trophy is pictured with Denise Treacy – KRFC Female Liason Officer, Jerry Fitzgerald – Principal Faha National School, Denis Corridan – Munster Rugby and Liam Murphy – KRFC Minis Coordinator
Then we moved tour third and final school – Fossa National School where all the kids got to see the trophy and more songs were sang in honour of the historic visit. Thankfully the weather held up and every class got to pose for a photo with the Trophy.
Children at Fossa National School welcome the trophy with a singsong
A huge thanks must go to the principals of the schools Maire Bn Ui Chroinin – Cullina, Jerry Fitzgerald – Faha and Pat Clifford – Fossa for the huge welcome on the day and to the children for the enthusiasm shown. The kids were delighted to see the trophy up close.
Some of our players and parents at Aghadoe with Ireland Senior player Ciara Griffin
Then on Monday evening, we welcomed the trophy to our pitches at Aghadoe. Minis players, parents and coaches came along to get their phtoso taken with the trophy and Ireland Womens International Ciara Griffin was the guest of honour.
All smiles at Aghadoe
It was a privilege to have the trophy at Aghadoe and it was so great to see our KRFC girls and so many families enjoy the visit. A truly successful day in Killarney for our VIP visitor! A huge thanks must go in particular to Denis Corridan of Munster Rugby who worked hard and organised to bring the trophy to Killarney and to the three schools in particular. The hard work by Denis across the seasons is very much appreciated by the whole club! A huge thanks also to Liam Murphy – Coach and Minis Coordinator and Denise Treacy – Coach and Female Liason Officer KRFC for spending the entire day travelling to the schools promoting girls rugby with the trophy and for all the hard work done to ensure as many people as possible got to see the trophy. In visiting these schools, almost 600 children got to see the trophy!
Coaches Denise Treacy, Liam Murphy and Ed Stack
The Murphy family with Irish Rugby player Ciara Griffin