Blackrock took top honours in the inaugural Smith's Supervalu '7s in the City' event - Ireland's first Women's only Sevens tournament which was hosted by Buccaneers RFC and supported Action Breast Cancer at Dubarry Park in Athlone.
Played on the June Bank Holiday Saturday, Blackrock triumphed in the Michael Moore Car Sales Open contest.
Old Belvedere won the Murphy's Law Junior competition with Carrick-on-Suir capturing the Medussa Hair Studio Under-18 title after a long day's rugby played in glorious weather that blessed this new Sevens competition.
Blackrock, with Michelle Claffey leading by example, were the only team in all three grades to win every match and thus emerged worthy victors. The stylish Amy O'Neill(pictured right with Buccaneers RFC President Ray Fagan) added to their success when she deservedly took the Player of the Tournament accolade.
Railway Union battled all the way to secure a place in the Open Cup final but they just could not match the pace and élan of 'Rock. St. Mary's repeated their pool win over Co. Carlow Coyotes to prevail in the Open Plate decider.
Host club Buccaneers looked like they would make a strong bid for the Junior honours with promising early victories but ran out of gas in their final pool game against Old Belvedere, who were then building up their own momentum after suffering defeat in their first match.
In the Junior decider, Old Belvedere atoned for that opening setback when overcoming Canterbury Warriors, the recent Carrick-on-Shannon/Longford alliance.
Buccs (pictured below) repeated their pool superiority against neighbours Tullamore in the Junior Plate final, but the Offaly representatives got some consolation when winning the prize for 'wackiest socks'! Carrick-on-Suir made their long trip from the south worthwhile when they prevailed in the U-18 section, overcoming luckless Portlaoise in that final.
The tournament drew a decent entry line-up and looks like it will establish itself as a regular annual event. Run primarily by Buccaneers Women's players Mele Kiripati, Sandra Griffin and Claire Wyper with assistance from Lorna Stuart-Trainor and Yvonne O'Shea, it provided entertaining fare and a family day atmosphere.
The club is indebted to the referees who officiated, to the generous sponsors, to the medics on duty, and of course to all who attended, be they players or spectators. Here's to next year!
Amidst the excitement of the Women's Sevens Dublin tournament, at which Ireland won a place on the World Series, there was one section of the final day devoted to the development of Women's rugby. Eight teams made up of Under-18 girls got the chance to train with players from the Ireland Women's Sevens and 15-a-side squads.
The Rugby Growth and Participation Manager will provide strong leadership and strategic direction of the IRFU's work to grow participation within the game and to integrate social forms (i.e. Touch, Tag & Community Sevens) of the game more effectively into its overall strategic plan.
Ireland Women's internationals Nora Stapleton and Niamh Briggs talk to Irish Rugby TV about the IRFU's new Long Term Player Development Model for Women's rugby. For more on Women's LTPD, please visit www.irishrugby.ie/womensltpd.
The launch of the IRFU Long Term Player Development programme for Women's rugby is an important milestone in the game. Michael McGeehin of Coaching Ireland and Louis Magee, former IRFU President, speak about the programme.
The Irish Rugby Football Union will help clubs make the most of the upcoming Rugby World Cup with a number of initiatives designed to make clubs 'THE' place to support the men in green during England 2015.
MU Barnhall RFC hosted their first ever Special Needs Tag Rugby Blitz last weekend. Great fun was had by the players and coaches from the Barnhall Buffaloes, Salmo Eagles, Westmanstown Taggers, Terenure Tigers and Mullingar Lions as they showed that rugby is a sport for all.
The sun shone on the Aviva Stadium for the Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival and there was a special guest appearance from Luke Fitzgerald and the RBS 6 Nations trophy. The real stars, however, were the players!
We look back at some of the winners of the 2015 Ulster Bank League Awards, and hear from Ulster Bank's Doug Munro, Ulster Bank Rugby Ambassador Alan Quinlan, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and IRFU President Louis Magee.
We caught up with Division 1A's Coach of the Year John Staunton (Young Munster), Rising Star Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne) and Top Points Scorer Josh Glynn (Old Belvedere) at the 2015 Ulster Bank League Awards.
A nail-biting Ulster Bank League Division 1A final saw Lansdowne crowned 2014/15 champions with an 18-17 win over Clontarf. Take a look behind the scenes at the Aviva Stadium - the home of Irish rugby.
Lansdowne captain Ron Boucher is primed to lead out the HQ club at the Aviva Stadium in Saturday's Ulster Bank League Division 1A final. We spoke to him this week about the challenge of playing last year's winners Clontarf.
Looking forward to Saturday's Ulster Bank League Division 1A final against Clontarf, Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for both teams to showcase their talent. I'm sure it will make for an exciting game."
Clontarf head coach Andy Wood says they are focusing on 'our performance and the challenge that Lansdowne present us', as they prepare for Saturday's Ulster Bank League Divsion 1A final at the Aviva Stadium.
A large crowd turned out at Lakelands Park where three penalties from the boot of Matt D'Arcy steered defending champions Clontarf to a hard-earned 9-0 semi-final win over hosts Terenure College. Check out highlights of a closely-fought Ulster Bank League Division 1A play-off.