Under 16′s Cup Final against Crosshaven

The under 16′s unfortunately lost their cup final 15 – 0 to a very good Crosshaven side.

The game was played in very wet and windy conditions in Midleton on Saturday afternoon 26th April. It was a very good cup run considering that most of the Youghal team will still be underage for u16′s again next season.

Photos of the game are here.

Under 9s Report


Youghal U9’s
Last Saturday our under 9’s faced the damp cold weather to take on a strong Carrigaline team. With it being such a mucky day and with there being little chance of a wide game and more of a ‘up the jumper’ game both coaches decided to play 3 thirds.
Carrigaline kicked off the first third and were quick to try and breakdown the Youghal defence but some great work from Kyle Fitzgerald and Suzanne Dignamm kept Carrigaline at bay. Youghal saw little ball in the opening 5 minutes due to Carrigaline’s relentless attack and plenty of mistakes due to the weather, but as the opening third pushed on Luke Landers and Bobby Nicholson led a few great attacks from Youghal but some outstanding defence from Carrigaline kept Youghal out and the first third ended 0-0.
Youghal tipped off for the second third and after some great advice from assistant coach Johnny Finn, Youghal were quick to carry on from where they left off. James Murray was a constant running threat throughout the game and his persistence paid off with a terrific opening solo try to break the dead lock. That try seemed to awaken the Carrigaline attack once again but once again some outstanding defence this time from Conor Galvin allowed plenty of turnover ball. Youghal’s attack continued to improve as the game went on and some excellent work from Jack Finn and Luke O’Shea helped Luke Landers over for a well deserved try. The second third ended with Youghal leading 2-0.
Both teams returned to the field from the final third hoping to keep an excellent game of rugby going. James O’Brian and Bobby Nicholson led the Youghal attack throughout the final third but stiff Carrigaline defence allowed them to turn over the ball and counter attack but some excellent defence work from the whole team and some brilliant rucking work from Mark O’Neill nullified the Carrigaline attack. Unfortunately the chance of a wide game was stopped due to the weather and led to plenty of scrums which Carrigaline used to their advantage and were able to work 2 great set piece tries from two scrums late on to tie the game. There was almost a moment of magic at the end when James Murray was in for what looked like a certain break away try but a great tackle into touch saw the game in a draw. An outstanding game of rugby was played by both teams considering the weather and we look forward to seeing everyone again away to New Ross on Saturday.

Team: Jack Finn, Mark O’Neill, Kyle Fitzgerald, Suzanne Dignamm, James O’Brian, James Murray, Luke Landers, Bobby Nicholson, Conor Galvin, Luke O’Shea

Fundraising Cycle


Hi Folks,
Just another few words of thanks to all the people who took part in the cycle last Saturday and also to everyone who helped out on the day as per previous post. We would also like to say a big thank you to Wayne Fitzgerald who went to the trouble of organising the event – thanks Wayne, it was a great day.
There have been a few slight changes to the Minis programme for the remainder of the season. This weekend we are hosting Highfield & Midleton in a mini-blitz at home for all age grades. The following weekend we are hosting Carrigaline for our final home game of the season and then we will head to New Ross for the return leg of the “Munster Vs Leinster” clash.

Date Event
March 29th Match at home Vs Highfield/Midleton
April 5th Match at home Vs Carrigaline (final home game!!)
April 12th Match away to New Ross
April 19th WALES TOUR!!
April 26th Eddie Bulman Day

We are asking people to try and make the last 2 home games as special as all the home games have been this season by bringing cakes and sambos and generally contributing to the fantastic atmosphere that we have had for all our home games this season. We will send out a text later in the week.

Club Dressing Room Development

The club’s dressing rooms have not been upgraded for in excess of 30 years and now fall well below the standard expected. While the clubhouse has undergone development, unfortunately the dressing room facilities need major development. The existing boiler system is well outdated and will need replacing in the very near future at substantial cost. A sub-committee of the Executive Committee of the club was set up in 2010 to take forward possible dressing room development and to apply for funding under the Sports Capital Grant programme. Planning permission was obtained for a new dressing room building and tenders were received from local builders.

The application for a Sports Capital Grant was made for approx. €280,000. The club were awarded €100,000 under the programme for the dressing room project. This was one of the highest amounts awarded to any club or organisation in the country but it still leaves the club in the situation that we have to find the balance of funds from other sources. From tenders received it is clear that the full cost of the project will be in the region of €190,000 – €200,000.

The Sports Capital Grant rules that the €100,000 grant can only be spent on the project applied for. We feel that it would be an absolute last option to decline €100,000 grant. Therefore the club have to raise the balance of funds.

The new dressing room building will contain 4 separate dressing rooms with multiple shower heads, 2 referees changing rooms (male and female) and medical room each with access to toilets. This will allow the club to provide facilities to allow more minis, underage, ladies and men’s games to take place.

An application was made to the IRFU for a 10 year 1% interest loan and members of the subcommittee met with IRFU officials in Dublin. The maximum amount available of €60,000 was obtained. .

The balance of the development funds can be borrowed from the credit union but the IRFU will provide an interest subsidy so that effectively the interest rate for those additional borrowings will also be at 1%. Our target for fundraising is €40,000. It is planned to commence building of the dressing rooms on or before April 2nd 2014.

Fundraising and Finance
The club needs to raise these funds over the next 4 months. Therefore we are asking members, past members and friends of the club to contribute to a once off fundraising drive for the sole purpose of completing the dressing rooms. We have never before asked for such a once off contribution and, because of the clubhouse and pitch facilities, we feel that we will not have to return to the members in such a way again for a long time. We fully appreciate that we live in difficult times and that the fundraising will not be easy, but we believe that by putting these facilities in place in our 50th anniversary year, it will put the club in a great position for the next 50 years. The sub-committee have ensured that, once the fundraising drive reaches the target, the club will not be exposed to higher monthly loan repayments than it currently pays. In fact, because of the much lower interest rates, the monthly repayments will be lower than the current commitment. A direct debit facility over 4 months will be available for those who wish to contribute by this means.

The fundraising package is as follows:

Option 1.

For a contribution of €300 the member / friend of the club will be;
(i) entered into the club’s weekly lotto for one year;
(ii) provided with 10 tickets to the IRFU draw;
(iii) be a member for the 2013-2014 season;
(iv) Regular Texts detailing First XV Fixtures for 1 year

Option 2.

For a contribution of €200 the member / friend of the club will be;
(i) entered into the club’s weekly lotto for one year;
(ii) provided with 10 tickets to the IRFU draw (if IRFU draw tickets are no longer available, then Club Membership)
(iii) Regular Texts detailing First XV Fixtures for 1 year

All of this €200 will be used exclusively for the proposed dressing room development (except if IRFU draw tickets are no longer available and then €75 will go into the general club finances).

Option 3.

For a contribution of €100 the member / friend of the club will be;
(i) entered into the club’s weekly lotto for one year;
(ii) Regular Texts detailing First XV Fixtures for 1 year

All of this €100 will be used exclusively for the proposed dressing room development.

Of the €300 in this option €225 will be used exclusively for the proposed dressing room development and the €75 membership amount will go into the general club finances. Details of the IRFU Draw are available at www.irfu.ie.
If anyone makes a contribution of over €300, all of that money, except the €75 membership, will be used exclusively for the dressing room development.
Any contribution would be gratefully accepted and if requested, we will treat your contribution in complete confidence. A receipt for payment will be provided if requested. Participation in the weekly Lotto will commence in January 2014 and will last for one year and can be renewed if you so wish thereafter.

If you have any questions around this please contact Declan O’Flaherty, Mill Road, Youghal Co.Cork, Mobile number 085 174 1470.

Thanks to all….