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There is a distributor road route planned for the town of Athy that terrifies us. We should not be afraid of a road. But we are. The proposed route “C1” runs through our playing pitches, cutting a nasty looking gash across a map. The dark corridor hovers over the sketched out green fields below, showing the line of what will be lost. But this is where the children of Athy run and play, laugh and learn. It is where the falls are few and cushioned with the certainty of a helping hand, and the support of their community. They grow up here learning the lessons that will sustain them in their lives to come and help them to grow as better members of Athy’s Community.

The Clubs and Volunteers of Athy dedicate ourselves to teaching the children of the town how to play with honour, how to win, and how to lose. We dedicate ourselves, our time and effort to nurturing the growth of these children to be the best that they can be and see this as an essential first step towards making Athy the best Community that it can be.

We ask for little in return and are sincerely appreciative of having some of the best pitches that our country has to offer, with flat land and good drainage. Some sun would be nice but we will work without it.

We are not just members of a Sports Club, we are members of a Community and see our work within that context as good people make good Communities. We also passionately want a new road, we’re part of the traffic on Leinster street too. But what we really want is the opportunity to continue to facilitate the town to grow, by helping it’s young people to grow.

We, the town, need and deserve a road worthy of Athy. Not one that denies our children an opportunity but gives them a town where amenities such as sports and transportation are developed side by side and not one in the shadow of the other. Are we voices in the dark or will others in the Community who feel like us rise up and let their voices be heard?

What Effect Will This Have ??

The selection of “Route C1” will mean that we will lose the equivalent of 2 full Pitches, i.e. 66% of our Training Area.

This will limit the number of Young Players and Underage Teams which we can accommodate, meaning that we will have to undo all of the good work that has been done in recent years to get the Children of Athy active.

This cannot be allowed to happen

If you feel strongly about saving your community please contact Kildare County Council and voice your concerns over route C1 before the 11th of December 2015.

This will take approx. 5 – 10 minutes and can be done either by:-

1.       Sending an Email: to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Athy Distributor Road” in the subject line, outlining your views and objections to Route C1

2.       Filling out a Written Form in the Clubhouse

If you want to learn more we will have Briefing Sessions for any person, whether a member of the Club or not, in the Clubhouse during the following times this week:-

·         Wednesday & Thursday 7 – 8pm

·         Friday 8pm

·         Sunday from 2 – 5pm

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Members, Supporters, Friends & Parents of Underage Players of Athy R.F.C.

 

Athy Rugby Football Club will hold an Emergency Meeting of Members, Supporters, Friends & Parents of Underage Players on:-

 

Friday 4th December at 8pm in the Athy R.F.C. Clubhouse.

 

The meeting will outline the proposed routes of the Athy Distributor Road and the possible consequences for the club.

 

It is vital that as many people as possible attend this meeting so that the club can position itself to maintain existing playing facilities into the future

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-   Sent on behalf of Diarmuid O’Connell, Hon. Secretary Athy R.F.C.

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It’s time again for Minis & Youths Registrations and the details are as follows:

 

How Much?

As advised, we have had to make a slight increase to some membership rates and they are:-

 

  • Family
€200 * (1 Full Adult + all players in Family)
  • Youths
€75
  • Minis
€65 *
  • New Player
€55 *
  • Adult Full
€120 *
  • Associate
€65
  • Reduced rate for Unemployed Parents
Speak to Ollie (Minis) or Liam (Youths)

 

* Each Minis & Youths player will also receive a €20 Voucher for the Kit Shop

 

 

When Is Registration?

All forms are family based so those with children in different sections can come along on any of the days mentioned below.

Minis                           -  Saturday 3rd October 10am – 11am

Youths (U13/14/15) -  Monday 5th October 7pm – 8pm

Youths (U16/17/19) -  Tuesday 6th October 7pm – 8pm

On these nights we will only be only doing the Registrations and will be giving out the Vouchers for the Shop which will be open as follows:-

 

When will the Shop Be Open?

From Wednesday 7th October, the Kit Shop will be open in the Clubhouse every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 7 – 8pm

Note:- We have a limited stock of Jerseys until the new order arrives but these can be reserved in the Shop.

 

What Do I Need To Bring?

New players need to bring along a copy of their Birth Certificate. There is no need to bring a photograph as we can take these on the day. Those re-registering just need to bring their fee.

 

Queries?

If you have any queries then please contact:-

Minis – Ollie Henry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0868215272

Youths – Liam O’Connell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0868352599

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It's easy to sign up online at the link below in just 5 minutes and make your predictions for the World Cup. Entries must be submitted by 7.50pm on the 18th of September and a portion of the proceeds will go St Vincent's Hospital Patient Comfort Fund.
 
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Athy RFC launches new Smartphone App

 

The Club will be launching a new Smartphone App on the 10th of October which will revolutionise the way in which it communicates with all of it's members and supporters. The app will be FREE to download and will be available for iPhone & Android devices, boasting some very useful features such as a Calender for Fixtures & Events and a Venue Finder Tool that uses your phone's navigation utility to direct you to any rugby venue in Ireland!!!

 

Another useful feature will be the "Special Offers" section where local businesses will post great offers for those who download the App, such as deals on items, free competitions and loyalty rewards. The Clanard Court Hotel will be the main sponsors on the App.

 

We will be holding a business launch in the Clanard Court at 6pm on Wednesday the 3rd of September where Ciaran Flanagan of IDEA Marketing, (Marketing Consultants for Bloom, Bord Bia and many more) and others will outline how the App will allow local businesses to connect with the huge local network of members and supporters of Athy RFC.

We would like to invite any of you who are involved with local businesses to attend this event or to pass the invitation on to any such persons that you might know.

 

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Athy RFC hosted ATHY'S A KNOCKOUT on Saturday 23rd August. This unique event saw teams of 10 compete for the title of "Athy's Knockout Kings" over a variety of games for both the active and not-so-active competitors.

 

The Team Challenge included events such as:- 

    • Human Demolition,
    • Human Foosball
    • Back to Back Bungee
    • Milk the Cow
    • Surf Mats
    • Rodeo Bull
    • 60ft Inflatable Obstacle Course

A fantastic day was had by all and we, for one, cannot wait for next year!

 

 

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Following a very sucessful 2013/2014 season for Minis rugby in Athy there are a number of developments to round off the year.

 

Our Annual Summer camp will be held during the second last week in August and full details can be found on our Summer Camp page.

 

Our recruitment campaign for the 2014/2015 season is currently under way for all players between the ages of 6 and 12 and more details on this can be found on our Give Rugby a Try page.

 

The Little Athletics and Summer Speed Session will also return to Athy RFC this year commencing on the 3rd of July. For full details, times and dates please check out our Little Athletics page.

 

Finally, after what was a hugely sucessful 2nd Rugby Camp Out in Athy RFC we have now confirmed the dates for our 3rd annual Rugby Camp Out which will take place in April 2015. More information and full details of the 2014 Camp Out are available here and you will also find links to our Camp Out Facebook page.

 

Thank you for a wonderful 2013/2014 season and we hope to see everyone back in the coming months.

 

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Leinster League Div 2B

 

Athy Escape With Win

 

Wexford Wanderers      20                           Athy      21

 

 

Athy travelled to Wexford looking for a win to keep them in the hunt for promotion from Div 2B of the league.  A scrappy performance almost saw them come undone by bottom of the table Wexford Wanderers in a match that never really developed any rhythm and was characterised by multiple handling errors and missed opportunities.  Wexford, perhaps benefitting from a few weeks break, started the game with energy although it was Athy who drew first blood in the 5th minute with a smart try scored by John Fraser.  This followed an attacking line out move by Athy that came straight from the training field.  Wexford, however, were not about to roll over and some sustained pressure saw them cross the line after 14 minutes from a quick tap when Athy were penalised for being in front of Richie Dunne’s relieving kick.  Wexford converted to leave the score 7 – 5.

 

In the 19th minute a kick behind Wexford by Richie Dunne and pressure from Mark Beever resulted in Athy winning a 5m scrum.  Wexford were penalised for an infringement and Mark Beever nailed the penalty to put Athy back in front.  Wexford came back up the field and forced a number of penalties to win territory until eventually touching down and converting from a scrum in Athy’s 22 to put them back in front.  Stung by conceding this score Athy up their game and some quick attacking ball saw them win a penalty converted by Darren Byrne on 35 minutes.  Athy maintained the pressure and a clearance kick fielded by Richie Dunne led to an Athy attack when some good interplay between Ciaran English and Davy Walsh saw English cross the line, converted by Beever leaving the half time score at 14 – 18.

 

Athy started promisingly in the second half and went further ahead on 42 minutes through a Mark Beever penalty.  Unfortunately for Athy this was as good as it got and the remainder of the half saw Wexford closing the gap through penalties on 47 and 52 minutes to leave the score at 20 – 21.  Although clearly the better team Athy could not pull away from Wexford with many promising moves breaking down giving Wexford cheap turnover ball in the process.  This kept Wexford in the game and Athy were not able to take control.  Athy might have been better to slow their game down and secure possession a bit more but instead continue to put pressure on themselves and concede penalties.  A late penalty to Wexford gave them an opportunity to pull ahead 2 minutes into injury time with a very kickable shot.  Thankfully for the Athy contingent at the match the penalty was missed and Athy escaped.

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Orders for 6 nations tickets must be made before 10th October.

 

Please email John Treacy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with numbers of tickets required for which matches.

 

Autumn International Tickets will be available shortly.

 

IMPORTANT: First preference will be given to Fully paid up members. Don't forget to pay your membership to help guarantee your tickets!!

Athy Ladies are looking for new players for Senior Ladies and U18's girls teams for the 2014/2015 season.

Now is the ideal time to give rugby a try for the 2014/2015 League Season.

No experience necessary and all levels of skill and fitness are catered for. So if you're interested in joining not just a team but a family too, then come along any Tuesday or Friday night at 19:30.

Fun and fitness guaranteed!

 

Contact Laura on (085)7822638 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or check out our Facebook page for updates on training and events www.facebook.com/arfc1