1979 - PRESENT

Douglas Rugby Club was founded in 1979 by the late Joe O' Reilly, a Douglas man well known for his involvement in local politics and for his keen interest in all sports, and Sťamus Corkery formerly of Cork Constitution. Sťamus is an uncle of the current Irish International David Corkery, who played his first adult game with Douglas.

21 years ago the club, which had 20 members, played their games at St Mary's School, Rochestown. They then moved to Scart, and just over one year ago they moved to their present ground at Moneygourney.

Their clubhouse has been based in St Columbas Hall from day one. The membership has climbed steadily to over 80 adult members and a thriving under age section. Despite our close proximity to some well known senior clubs, Douglas has enjoyed tremendous success and continues to do so.

The first team currently plays in the Munster Junior League Division 2 having gained promotion from the minor ranks four years ago under the guidance of Finbarr O' Regan and John White. Since the 96/97 season the first team has won at least one trophy every year under the guidance of team coach Mattie Marnell and now under Donal O'Driscoll.

One of the most successful clubs in Munster, Douglas have won the Kelly Cup 3 times, two MacCarthy Cups and the Munster Junior 2 Cup. In the 96/97 season Douglas finished 3rd in the Division 3 League and made history by being the only Division 3 side to win the Munster Junior Plate in the process beating such teams as Mallow, Dolphin, Ballincollig, Nenagh and Thurles.A few notable Divisoion 1 scalps being taken in the process.

In the 97/98 season we won out in Division 3 and were unbeaten for that season while last season we finished 4th in Division 2, a fantastic record for a young club.

The second team has also enjoyed great success over the years. In Nov. 99 they won the O' Sullivan Cup for the second year running and over the years had great wins in the Cup and League.

The club is eager to welcome new members into their ranks and feel that they would appeal to those who appreciate a successful and progressive club with a big heart. There is underage training every Saturday morning 11am - 12pm. Alternatively you might like to drop down to St. Columba's Hall ( "The Hall" ) any night or on a Sunday evening. All ages, shapes and sizes are more than welcome.


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