This season has seen Munster Rugby move into uncharted waters with the appointment of the first Community Rugby Officer (CRO) for the Knocknaheeny/Hollyhill area on the northside of Cork city.
This appointment of Frank O’Mahony from Sunday’s Well as Munster’s newest CRO came about through the huge success of the rugby summer camp held in Terence MacSwiney Community College in August.
Frank said: “We want to bring rugby to all ages, the summer camp was so successful that it was decided to put someone up here full-time.
“There is currently no rugby club on the northside and we want to change that over the next few years by establishing one.
“We want to develop their skills base, there is a lot of potential in the area and the boys and girls of Hollyhill and Knocknaheeny are the future players and hopefully we will see them in a Munster jersey in years to come.”
The project has been up and running now for two months and has been enthusiastically welcomed by the schools, teachers and the wider community.
Children from St. Mary’s on the Hill National School and Sunday’s Well Boys National School and second level students from Terence MacSwiney Community College have experienced a basic introduction to rugby through Tag rugby, rugby skills classes and fun rugby-based games.
There have already been requests for competitions and as a result plans are in place for a Tag rugby Blitz during the February mid-term break.
In addition, the first school team for Terence MacSwiney Community College will begin squad training in the next few weeks.
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