Ballyshannon Rugby Club celebrate Cup and League double

Ballyshannon Rugby Club celebrate Cup and League double
Ballyshannon Rugby Football Club held their annual Dinner Dance on a glorious evening in the Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh on Saturday night

Ballyshannon Rugby Football Club held their annual Dinner Dance on a glorious evening in the Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh on Saturday night

What made this year’s occasion that bit more special was the fact that last year’s senior men’s success was the focal point of the celebrations.

After a few very hard seasons in the run up to last season Ballyshannon refocused and decided to rebuild their team in the Ulster minor League and in doing so went on to capture their first league title since 1994 and emulated that by winning the Ravenhill Cup Final in a fiercely competitive match against Strabane 2XV.

Saturday’s event saw a mix of both old and new club members enjoy a fantastic evening where they were joined in the celebrations by the President of the Ulster Branch of The Irish Rugby Football Union Mr. John Robinson.

There were also guests from Enniskillen, Omagh and City Of Derry Rugby Clubs.

A fantastic meal was provided by the brilliant staff at the Sand House Hotel and the club would like to extend their sincere thanks to Paul Diver and all his staff for their contribution to what was a most memorable night.

As the meal gave way to the formalities there were toasts and speeches that had all in attendance in stitches, but it was guest speaker on the night Mr. Karl Monteith from Coleraine Rugby Club that stole the show as held a captive audience with some hilarious stories the likes of which had never been heard before at a Ballyshannon Rugby Club Dinner.

When the speeches conclude it was awards time and all players that played in the successful league winning and Ravenhill Cup teams were presented with beautiful encased medals from the Ulster Branch President Mr. John Robinson.

Mr. Robinson also presented on the night the end of year awards to Player of the Year Darragh Tyrell; Young Player of the Year Mark Rooney and Best Newcomer went to Dominic Gillespie.

The ladies team awards went to Player of the Year Leanne O’Doherty; Most Improved Player Dearbhla Fox and Best Newcomer, Carmel Simms McGloin.

The night concluded with hours of music and dancing to the fabulous TL’s into the small hours.

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