The LBIRFU Metropolitan Area in conjunction with Garda RFC hosted a lunch to celebrate, and acknowledge, over 50 years of distinguished service and contribution by Ray Campion to Leinster and Irish Rugby.
Members of Garda RFC, Leinster rugby, Leinster referees, members of rugby clubs from the Metro and provincial sections of the Leinster Branch attended the lunch. More importantly Ray’s family were present to give their view on his 50 year service to Irish rugby. They always felt there was a mistress in their father’s life and her name was rugby. This mistress would take their father away for whole weekends and also request his presence at midweek meetings. They too were saying goodbye to this mistress but promised to look in from time to time on match days.
Ray’s distinguished career within rugby included being a founding member of the Garda Rugby Football Club in 1965. He played both wing forward and second row for the Club for six seasons. He hung up his boots and was then elected to the Garda RFC Executive Committee and was an active participant up to last season.
He was Chairman of the Club on five occasions in 1985, 1988, 1996, 1997 and 2006.
Following his retirement from playing, Ray started to referee matches at Junior Level and continued to referee for many years.
He was elected Junior Secretary of the Leinster Branch where he served with distinction for four seasons from 1989 to 1993. He is a very active and well established member of the Leinster Branch Disciplinary Committee where he continues to hear cases.
Ray’s immense contribution to rugby was acknowledged with the awarding of the IRFU Mr Boots Award.
Ray was elected President of Garda RFC for the 2008/09 season and also represented the Club on the Metropolitan Area Committee for more years than he cares to remember, only stepping down at the conclusion of the 2014/2015 season.
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