College Rugby and Concussions: A Ticking Time Bomb

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I talked to the doctors, and they didn’t tell me what to do. They just explained to me what studies have gone on, like in the NFL, and then just the amount of times that he said depression, suicide, you know, words like that. I decided, ‘there’s no way I can keep playing’ …” (more)

[Charlie Moody-Stuart, University Times, 8 September]

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Rugby returns to UCD as Leinster to begin training again

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leinster rugby will begin training at their High-Performance Centre (HPC) on University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Bellfield campus on Monday, after players had undergone testing earlier this week. As part of the return to play protocols set out by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the HPC at UCD has been outfitted with the required infrastructure to facilitate a safe return to training, for restricted training sessions …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 18 June]

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NUI Galway renew deal with province

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway and Connacht Rugby have announced an extension of their partnership until 2019. NUI Galway became Connacht’s Academy and University partner in 2013, and since then 19 Connacht players have graduated, or are about to graduate, from NUI Galway …” (more)

[Declan Rooney, Independent, 27 October]

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UL opens new €15m Munster Rugby facility and diving pool

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The head of Munster Rugby says he hopes the province can develop its commercial relationship with the University of Limerick in the years to come. CEO Garrett Fitzgerald made his comments at the official opening of Munster’s High Performance Centre and UL’s new 25 metre diving pool …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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Munster Rugby to develop new training centre at UL

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Munster Rugby and the University of Limerick have signed an agreement on the location of Munster’s new single training centre. Construction has commenced on the new facility, which will be located adjacent to the existing UL Arena …” (more)

[Kathy Masterson, Limerick Post, 11 September]

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Green light for Munster’s new UL training base

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“Full planning permission has been granted for Munster’s new training base at the University of Limerick. Work on clearing the site and enabling works is due to start later this month …” (more)

[Colm Kinsella, Limerick Leader, 4 September]

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Munster’s new UL training base set for January 2016 opening

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Munster’s new training base facility at the University of Limerick is now due to be open in January 2016, some six months later than originally planned …” (more)

[Colm Kinsella, Limerick Leader, 22 May]

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LIT offer to build state of the art Munster training base

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2012 by steve

“Limerick Institute of Technology have offered to build a training base that would be ‘unrivalled in Europe’ in terms of facilities in order to woo Munster Rugby to its Moylish campus on a full-time basis …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 21 July]

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NUIG to create future rugby stars

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“NUI Galway has announced the establishment of a Rugby Youth Academy to cater for teenagers in Galway. The Youth Academy is an integral part of the existing University Rugby club, which was formed in 1874, and is a founder member of the IRFU …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 31 August]

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NUI Galway launches rugby academy

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2011 by steve

“NUI Galway has announced the establishment of a rugby youth academy to cater for teenagers in Galway. The academy will be part of the existing rugby club at NUIG which was formed in 1874 and is a founder member of the IRFU. The development of the academy, coupled with the university’s sports scholarship scheme, is aimed at strengthening the college’s All Ireland League u-20 squad in the future …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 25 August]

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Leinster Rugby forges ‘High Performance Partnership’ with University College Dublin

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2011 by steve

“Less than a week after securing their second Heineken Cup in dramatic fashion Leinster Rugby are already looking for that extra edge over their competition. The chief executive of Leinster Rugby, Michael Dawson and the president of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady, have announced details of a new high performance partnership which will see Leinster moving their training, conditioning and administration to UCD’s Belfield campus and the development of a number of educational, research and commercial initiatives …” (more)

[UCD News, 25 May]

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Robots meet rugby in UCD engineering competition

Posted in Life on April 18th, 2011 by steve

“It was all about the robots today at University College Dublin (UCD) as first-year engineering students demonstrated the ‘Rugby Robots’ they had created in advance of the Siemens RoboRugby Competition final which takes place this evening on campus …” (more)

[Bernice Mulligan, Silicon Republic, 18 April]

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Trinity Trump UCD in Annual Rugby Colours Match

Posted in Life on April 18th, 2011 by steve

“The 52nd annual rugby match colours at Donnybrook on Saturday saw a fierce contest, in which Trinity College managed to oversee tough opposition in the form of old rivals University College Dublin to edge their way to a 31-22 victory …” (more)

[Mathew Rye, University Times, 17 April]

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UL Win Women’s Varsity Title

Posted in Life on April 5th, 2011 by steve

“The University of Limerick Women’s Rugby team wrapped up a wonderful season by recently winning the varsity title in the Carlow Institute of Technology. UL now holds every trophy available in Colleges Division 1 Women’s Rugby …” (more)

[Munster Rugby, 5 April]

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UCD storm to top of the table

Posted in Life on February 21st, 2011 by steve

“UCD made it a perfect 10 and are now the only unbeaten team in the country as they went top of the Division 2 table with a 24-17 win at bottom side Clonakilty …” (more)

[Independent, 21 February]

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Rugby star O’Kelly talks about maths passion

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2011 by steve

“Ireland and Leinster rugby star Malcolm O’Kelly has been talking to school students about his passion for maths, and the importance of a solid grasp of maths in engineering careers. He visited schools as part of Engineers Week’s second national Volunteer Day …” (more)

[, 17 February]

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UCD 47-24 Belfast Harlequins: UCD Rugby Secure Fourth Consecutive Win

Posted in Life on November 2nd, 2010 by steve

“UCD made it four straight wins from four in the All-Ireland League last Saturday with an excellent bonus point victory over the Belfast Harlequins. This victory encompassed six tries past the visitors, including a wonderful hat-trick for hooker David Doyle …” (more)

[Gordon O’Callaghan, University Observer, 2 November]

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UCD prepare for centenary clash

Posted in Life on November 2nd, 2010 by steve

“UCD RFC will mark their centenary season with a fixture under lights against the Combined Universities comprising players from UCC, Trinity (TCD), Queen’s and NUIG on the eve of the Ireland versus South Africa match on Friday at the UCD Bowl, Belfield …” (more)

[Tony Ward, Independent, 2 November]

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Sponsors of sports knocked by Nama

Posted in Life on October 24th, 2010 by steve

“Irish colleges rugby has been dealt a blow by Nama following an order to developers – including their sponsor Treasury Holdings – that they cut ‘non-core’ spending on sponsorships, the Sunday Independent has learned …” (more)

[Independent, 24 October]


NUI Maynooth beat Tallaght IT to win CUSAI Sevens

Posted in Life on October 16th, 2010 by steve

“Local side NUI Maynooth emerged victorious in the CUSAI Autumn Rugby Sevens tournament at NUIM Barnhall on Wednesday. University of Limerick were top of the pile in the women’s event …” (more)

[Sports News Ireland, 15 October]

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