Bruff RFC sadly announces the passing of former President David O’Keeffe, RIP.

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Feb 032021

It is with great sadness and regret that Bruff RFC announces the death of our former president and one of our longest standing committee members, David O’ Keeffe.

David served from the earliest days of the club, not least as “head chef” in the first club barbecue in the Grove in Bruff in 1972. He held many positions within the club up to and including President. He was involved in the layout of our first home pitch after the land was transferred from “The Colonel”, he designed the original clubhouse opened in 1977 and the dressing room and storage buildings later in the late 80’s and early 90’s and as PRO for Bruff RFC during a lot of the 80’s and 90’s as well as during the early 2000’s. He also served as Hon Sec for many years and along with his daughters Rachel and Gráinne, was instrumental in bringing female participation through Tag Rugby to Bruff RFC during the 2000’s. During the many huge Barbecues in Bruff over the years, David would be found in the kitchen taking care of an oven or manning a Barbecue roasting a pig or cooking burgers.

David served the club as president during the transition from Junior to Senior status in 2004 fittingly being the last Junior club President and the first Senior club President. A lifelong Fine Gael member and delegate, he was known through both rugby and political circles as a fiercely passionate debater, he loved discussion and discourse, and could talk and debate with anyone on almost any given subject. He travelled the country representing Bruff RFC at many pre-match lunches, as well as a constant presence at all of the home games throughout the Club’s senior years, his lively discussions bringing joy and fun to all. The Passing of his lovely wife Margaret was a loss felt keenly by all in Bruff RFC at the time, but rather than wallowing in her loss, David kept himself interested and involved in the club right up to the end.  

He dealt with Illness gracefully and prior to his admission to hospital, was involved in committee meetings right up to last October.

To Rachel and Gráinne, we share in your loss and sorrow. his passing is sorely felt.

Ar Dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Bruff RFC Club Shop

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Dec 042020

The Club shop is open every Sunday morning from 9:45 am until 12:30 pm and again on Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 7pm until 8:15pm.

This year we have a new Bruff RFC hybrid jacket in stock which comes in sizes from Medium Boy, Large Boy, X Large Boy, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult, 2XL, 3XL. The jacket has the 50th Anniversary emblem on the sleeve. Limited quantity available in all sizes.

All other gear including gear bags, half zips, skinny pants, trainer tops, jerseys, shorts and socks are in stock. We also have rugby balls, Size 3, 4 and 5 in stock.

If you require any additional information, contact Bernard on 086 – 8030037.

Bruff RFC Hybrid Jacket, 50th Anniversary

Oct 212020

Following on from the governments decision to go to increased levels this week, Bruff RFC Covid committee have discussed the current situation following the rapid increase in Covid 19 cases both nationally and locally, and within our local schools and parishes.

We as a club are unique in that our catchment area takes in a lot of parishes and localities that lie outside a 5km limit or even a 10km limit. While we realise that the lockdown will increase the strain on parents and children, and we take very seriously our responsibilities as an outlet for people to congregate in a safe and distanced manner, it is with heavy hearts that we have come to the decision that it is in the best interests of the health of all of our players, coaches and members that as a club that we stand down training at all levels including underage with immediate effect for the next 4 weeks. We intend to have a review of this decision on Monday 16th November.

We hope that this current national lockdown will allow for rugby in Bruff RFC to be able to take place again soon in a safe and responsible manner.

Please everyone take care and stay safe and we hope to see you all back in the club again as soon as possible.

Club notes Sept 26th

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Sep 302020

Activity has certainly cranked up a few gears around Kilballyowen over the past few weeks and last week saw our Annual Golf Classic take place in Ballyneety and proved to be a great success, The Club were humbled by the support shown across the community and would like to thank everyone who supported by either playing or sponsoring in the event.  We then moved to our first real competitive outing when we hosted Sunday’s well in what’s equivalent of the Munster Senior League, this coincided with the unveiling of our new sponsor of our Senior Team by Toco Welding Ltd.  (Tomas Coleman) in which the Club are truly thankful for Tomas’s fantastic support.  Looking splendid in their Canary Yellow our first team put in a  display which was as as easy on the eye as the new gear as we raced to a 22-0 lead at halftime, through try’s from Kieran Bennett Andrew o Byrne(2) Credit to the Well who hit back with a couple of their own  early in the 2nd half, but the lads bounced back with a cracker from Cian Clifford to finish, winning out on a scoreline 32-14, with a personal contribution of 22 pts from Andrew o Byrne.  Next up is an away trip to Clonmel on Saturday. Our 2nds had good workout against the same opponents winning 37-17 with some of the lads putting lots of pressure on management for next week.  Team Brendan Keogh Tomas Quigley Kieran o Dwyer Tom o Dwyer Darragh o Connell Robert Browne Johnny Cleary (capt) Cillian Rea Cian Clifford Davy o Grady Kieran Bennett Jack o Grady Andrew o Byrne Mark Fitzpatrick Adam o Dwyer Darragh Browne Brian Bulfin Craig Finn Conor Fitzpatrick Graham Whelan.  Our club Lotto reached 5000€ on Saturday last which wasn’t won, once again we thank all who support it week in week out. All our underage continues throughout the week keep an eye on our social media platforms for timetable.  

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