History

History of Garda Rugby Football Club

The Garda Rugby Club was founded by a small group of Rugby enthusiasts at Pearse Street Garda Station in February 1965 and was affiliated to the Leinster Branch I.R.F.U in September of that year.

The club has gone from strength to strength playing first at the Garda Grounds, Phoenix Park, then at what is now the Law Society at Blackhall Place.

The club then moved to develop a pitch at the Convent Schools, Armagh Road, Crumlin before moving to its current home as part of the Westmanstown Sports complex between Clonsilla and Lucan where we have 2 first class pitches and facilities to match and senior club.

The Irish Rugby team and International visiting teams, most notably Scotland, have enjoyed our training facilities before International matches. One of our first coaches was the “British Lion” and Ireland International Gordon Wood (father of the former Irish Captain, Keith Wood) who is remembered by the Gordon Wood Trophy, which is played for annually between the Garda and the Defence Forces.

Apart from the police teams the club, which has an open policy, had forged early links with Monkstown R.F.C, who play us every year for the Eugene Crowley Cup (our former President and Garda Commissioner), Greystones R.F.C who play annually for the Doyle cup and Clontarf R.F.C .who play an annual fixture to remember one of the founders of the Garda R.F.C, Tony Trevaskis (The Trevaskis Cup).

An annual cup match is played between Garda RFC and Terenure RFC in the memory of George Trenier , was stationed in Terenure for most of his career.

The club has toured extensively, apart from visiting the “Home Countries”, the club were in the Far East in 1982, playing in Singapore and Hong Kong, in the U.S.A in 1987, followed by Trinidad and Tobago in 1990 and Argentina in 1993.

The club has also hosted a number of visiting teams notably, the Canadian Mounties from Calgary and London Welsh, as well as teams from all over the British Isles.