Monivea Rugby Football Club Schools Vice-President Sean Cleary receives the Community Initiative Award on behalf of the rugby club from Minister for Tourism and Trade – Enda Kenny.

The award judged on the criteria of the initiative of the scheme and the management of the scheme by the sponsor (Monivea Rugby Football Club) brings great credit to the efforts of the organisers in the club and the workers in the scheme.

The project involved intensive pitch maintenance and improvement and particularly the training of young players in schools throughout the county during school days. The club extends the benefits of the coaching on Saturday mornings to all age groups, up to U18, by trained and experienced coaches and trainers. The Saturday morning sessions are being attended by up to 180 youngsters.

Our rugby business will now be running under the following headings:

l. National Schools coaching (3rd year), up to 607 children per week.
2. Presentation College School, Athenry (lst year): coaching under 13s, 14s, 17s.
3. Eleven people to commence employment on a FAS project by 6th November.
4. Saturday Mini Rugby – ages 8 to 14 yrs. Total 100 approx.
5. Wednesday Nights Under 13s
6. Friday Nights Under 20s
7. Tuesday and Thursday Nights, 1st and 2nd XV
8. Senior Team selected every Tuesday after training
9 Lotto Draw every Sunday night.
10. Bingo commencing Tuesday 7th November.
ll. Clubs monthly meeting – first Monday in each month
12. Connacht Branch Meeting – second Monday in each month
13. Lights to switch on – Saturday 25th November 1995.

The above will give you a summary of what is happening.

SINCE MINI RUGBY started in Monivea in 1981, Carnaun National School has taken the lead in terms of players attendance and in discipline both on and off the field. Indeed, Carnaun won the very first mini rugby league in 1981.

In the intervening years, boys from the school have been playing in all grades, some of whom show great promise. Three present pupils of Carnaun hold the titles of Player of the Year in their respective aged groups—Kevin McMahon U-12, Denis Cronin U10 and Wayne Connaughton U-8.

Boys from the school currently playing mini rugby are Kevin McMahon, Paul Hynes, Liam Rabbitt, David Courtney, Michael Connaughton—all recently returned from a successful trip to Wales. Also: Kieran Rabbitt, Gear6id and Diarmuid Gill, Denis Cronin, Donal Rabbitt, Eamonn Mullins and Wayne Connaughton.

Monivea R.F.C. would like to thank Mr. Finbarr O’Regan, his staff and the children’s parents for their support throughout the years. We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate them on their centenary celebrations.