Longford RFC Notes 23/08/2022   22/08/2022

Senior Men's 1st Match, Leinster Rugby come to town, Youths back...

By Padraig Murphy Longford RFC PRO lrfconnects@gmail.com 087 6063587


The Longford men took on Ballinasloe in a preseason friendly at CPL Park on Saturday evening in what was the first game under new coach Henry Bryce.  The Longford selection was one of the youngest to take to the pitch in recent years with a large number of players filtered in from U18’s teams of the last couple of years.

Tries from Dathi Connolly, Ronan Collum, Brian O’Farrell, Mossy McDermott ensured a 28-22 win for the Longford men, who held off a spirited fight back from Ballinasloe in the latter stages.  Two conversions each from Danny McHugh and Joe McGowan were vital as the visitors missed 3 from 4 attempts off the tee.  Final score was 28-22.

The game was followed by a barbecue for players and spectators with music in the marquee.

Midland League fixtures.

The Midlands league is underway.  Our first opponents, Mullingar were unable to fulfill the fixture.  Week 2 is a free week for Longford.  The following are the initial fixtures.

Group 1

21 August Longford v Mullingar (Game off)

28 August Mullingar v Tullamore

4th September Tullamore v Longford

Group 2

28th August Match A Roscrea v Midland Warriors

Match B Edenderry v Birr

4th September Winner A v Winner B

Loser A v Loser B

Leinster league Div 1B fixtures 2022/23

With solid ambition for promotion come end of season, Longford's Leinster League begins in earnest on 25th September with an away trip to Cill Dara at Silken Thomas Park.  Last season’s corresponding fixture resulted in a 17-25 vital away victory for the Longford men albeit at the latter end of the season.  By then, Cill Dara were safely positioned mid table while for Longford, victory would be essential to ensure survival in division 1B for this season, thus avoiding relegation.  

25/09/22 Cill Dara v Longford

02/10/22 Longford v Wicklow

16/10/22 Mullingar v Longford

23/10/22 Longford v Carlow

06/11/22 Tullow v Longford

13/11/22 Athy v Longford

27/11/22 Longford v Dundalk

04/12/22 Longford v Cill Dara

15/01/23 Wicklow v Longford

22/01/23 Longford v Mullingar

29/01/23 Carlow v Longford

19/02/23 Longford v Tullow

15/03/23 Longford v Athy

26/03/23 Dundalk v Longford

Leinster Rugby open training session at Longford Rugby Club 

Leinster Rugby’s open training session at Longford Rugby Club takes place this Thursday, 25th August.  The Leinster squad are expected to arrive around 2.30pm for training session to run from 3.00-5.00pm.  

There will be opportunities for autographs and photography with the players and coaches after the training session.

Tea/coffee etc will be available at the club and also there will be an Ice Cream van with all the favourite treats. The Sin Bin will also be open for food and drinks.

Due to the crowd expected on the day, those interested in attending the training session are advised to arrive early.

Parking will be available across the road at Pearse Park, courtesy of Longford County board.  Please follow directions from stewards/Gardai.

Youth Training resumes

Youths rugby is  returning over the coming week. Training schedule to hand so far are as follows


Monday 7.00-8.45pm

Saturday 10.30-11.30 starts from Monday 22/08/22 until further notice.


Wednesday 7.00-8.15pm


Monday and Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm from 22/08/22


Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm from 18/08/23


Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.00-8.30pm from 23/08/22


Thursday 7.30-9.00pm

U14 girls 

Wednesday 7:00-8:15pm

U16 girls

Wednesday 7:00-8:15pm

U18 girls

Monday & and Fridays 7.30pm

New players welcome at all age groups. Just turn up with a gumshield.

Please follow club social media for updates.

Mini Rugby returns 

Longford Mini Rugby’s new season starts on Sunday 4th September. Training time is 10.30am to 11.30am at Longford RFC.

Players need to wear football boots, appropriate clothing and a gum shield.

We cater for all age grades from U6 up to U12 , for both boys and girls.

Please note the following, if your child was born in :

2010 - Age Grade U12's

2011 - Age Grade U11's

2012 - Age Grade U10's

2013 - Age Grade U9's

2014 - Age Grade U8's

2015 - Age Grade U7's

2016 - Age Grade U6's *

* Children born in 2017 are welcome to train with our U6 Age grade team.

For further information please contact Pauline Marlowe, Mini Co-ordinator, Longford RFC.

Mob - 087 632 3373

Please follow club social media for updates.

Boot room

Parents - we all know how quick the kids grow up and requirements to have a new pair of boots as they have outgrown the most recent, expensive pair.  Why not check out the hugely popular Boot room here at Longford rugby club where we have a self replenishing stock of replacement boots.  The idea is that you drop in a pair you no longer need and replace it with a pair that fits your child. That way your pair of boots doesn’t go to waste and someone else gets to benefit also, thus also helping someone else save a few Euros. 

If you have any boots that you wish to donate or exchange please bring them into minis training and drop off the office for the attention of Gerry Carty or Pauline Marlowe who will assist with selecting the replacement pair.  Boots should be clean, laces intact and no missing studs.  No blades will be taken in. 

Please note it is not possible to guarantee there will be a suitable replacement available however we have rarely not had some to choose across a wide range of sizes.

Back to school Disco. 

Last weekend saw a large attendance at the pre teens Back to school disco.  It was a super evenings entertainment for Longford 11-13 year olds as they showcased the dance moves to cool tunes, old and new.  Oldies like YMCA and Rock the Boat were equally as popular with the crowd as some of the newer hits!!

The evening ran off very smoothly, under the watchful eye of organiser, Mark Quinn and Pauline Marlowe and their team.  Thank you to all the volunteers on the night and also to everyone who supported.  Feedback has been excellent and hopefully we will get to hold another in the not too distant future.

Sin Bin

The Sin Bin is open from Friday’s.  Superb food and drink are available across the weekend (Friday to Sunday). 

Phone 087 346 4914 for bookings or email sinbinbookings@outlook.com

Check out the Sin Bins Facebook page for update, specials, and updated opening hours;  www.facebook.com/sinbinlongford/

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