May 182019

Great article from Donal o Regan this week on our 18s coach Barry Heffernan
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May 172019

From June 3rd to 15th 2019, one of Bruff RFC’s members, Darragh Mulcahy, will compete on the international stage in Helsingborg, Sweden. However, it’s not on the rugby field that ‘Mul’ will be competing but in the World Classic Powerlifting Championships 2019.

Darragh attended Rockwell college where he won two senior cup medals playing in the front row. Once he finished school he continued to play rugby with Bruff and made the brave transition into the backs where he became a ball carrying first centre for the senior team. Darragh always displayed plenty of power on the pitch, and a few years’ back, he tested whether that power would transfer to powerlifting and instantly fell in love with the sport. Discovering this passion prompted Darragh to go to UL, where he received a degree in Health and Fitness, and while his days as a rugby player might have been drawing to a close, his contribution to Bruff was far from over. Darragh has played a pivotal role as the strength and conditioning coach of the first team over the past number of years. His dedication and skill in the role was obvious to everyone, and despite the significant amount of pain he has inflicted on the first team over the years (in the service of significant gains), he is universally loved by everyone that has been lucky enough to train under his watchful eye. Darragh’scoaching had no small part to play in the very successful rugby season just gone by, in which our senior team reached the promotion play-off final. Even when he’s not in Kilballyowen, Mul remembers his roots, as he competes on the powerlifting circuit while sporting his Bruff socks.

For those of you not familiar with powerlifting, it consists of three lifts, squat, bench press and deadlift. For each of the three lifts you have three attempts to record your heaviest lift. The three heaviest lifts are accumulated and the athlete receives an overall total. There are strict rules/commands in place for every lift and athletes are scrutinized by threejudges. Powerlifting is a game of numbers…the biggest total WINs. Currently ranked fourth in the country, Darragh hasachieved an accumulated total lift of 680kg, consisting of a 245kg squat, 160kg bench press and 275kg deadlift. These are staggering numbers considering he competes under 83kg. It’s all the more incredible when one considers that Darragh has been powerlifting for only four years now. He trains fourtimes a week for two hours a day. Recovery, analysis of technique and nutrition consume the remaining hours of his days, all aimed at one goal, competing for Ireland.

Darragh came runner up in the Irish Powerlifting Federation (IPF) National championships in February 2019, which earned him a spot on the international stage. He will be up against the best lifters in the world, many of whom are professional.

Everyone at Bruff RFC would like to wish Darragh the very best as he represents his club, his family and his country in Sweden. It’s an incredible, but well deserved, honour, and we couldn’t be more proud of you Mul.

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May 172019

The Annual General Meeting of our Club takes place on Tuesday next 21st of May 8.00 pm. As this season marks the 50th anniversary of the club it would be great to see a big turnout on Tuesday evening.


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Apr 292019

On Saturday we played Malahide in our division playoff final and while the result didn’t go our way on the day the club has nothing but admiration for this fine bunch of young men who have represented our club this season with over 25 matches played, the future is bright with some exciting young talent and more coming through our underage. We would like to thank each and everyone of them who put huge effort and commitment over the season. We would like to thank management Noel Eoin and Tony our physio Craig Darragh strength and conditioning and the rest of the backroom staff who supported the lads, Eamonn Cooke for his video work, Johnny Cleary as club capt Sean Hartigan vice. We also have to acknowledge the ladies in our club who keep on feeding the masses on Saturdays and to Mary Paul and Kate who keep the crowds refreshed all season, Bernard and his crew who look after the shop and to our photographers and to all our club sponsors we say thanks finally to our fantastic support who turned out in big numbers all season and I’m sure the lads gained a few more with some great rugby all season. We also wish a speedy recovery to all our players who received injuries we wish them speedy recoveries Forgive me if I have omitted anyone I’m new to this job, as the lads can now earn a well deserved rest off season they deserve it.

Our fantastic bunch of lads who represented us on Saturday last
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