Feb 122017

Following the fantastic win against Kanturk on Friday evening, we had a gathering of players from the earliest to the current to come together along with some of the travelling Kanturk horde to honour one of Bruff RFC’S longest serving players and members.

Mike “Barlow” O’Donnell played as a second row in the very first ever scratch game played by Bruff in late 69, played around the province at Junior Level through the 70’s and 80’s, made tour appearances during the 90’s in Glasgow and Nottingham and finished his 5 decade spanning career with his final appearance in the Yellow and Maroon in  Bruff’s first ever competitive game as a Senior Rugby club in the Veterans World Cup against the US Navy in August 2004.

Following a night of memories and apocryphal stories from many of the current and former players present, Bruff President Nicholas Cooke presented Mike with the Life Presidents blazer to tumultuous applause followed by some great words about the current squad and a lovely thank you from the man himself.

From one and all of us Mike, thank you for the great memories, you and your equals are the lifeblood of our club and we hope to see as more of you in your new role.

Thanks again from all of us!


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