The ever popular St. Stephen’s Day match between an Exiles XV and the Buccaneers’ President’s selection takes place in Dubarry Park with a 2 p.m. kick off. At stake is the James Moran Exiles Perpetual Cup and, of course, bragging rights for a year to the victors. Joe McVeigh, Tom Stuart-Trainor and Martin Cahill could be involved for the Exiles with veteran Craig Milling togging out to lead the charge for Big Pat’s standard bearers! Other still living legends such as Paul Hamilton and Micky Carroll are strongly rumoured to be togging out too so some team will be strong on experience if perhaps suspect for oxygen! It should be a fun event as these hardy protagonists go head to head to rid themselves of their respective Christmas excesses and, hopefully, the weather will have thawed by the weekend so that the combatants can shed their “cabin fever”. The Cup presentation will follow in The Bounty after the game and will be followed later that night by a social with live music and disco. There will be a nominal cover charge on the night. Come along and meet friends old and new.


Conor FitzGibbon and his cousin Robbie Henshaw have been selected on the Ireland U-18 Club panel while Callum Boland and Jack Carty have been included in the Ireland U-19 squad. Add in Daniel Qualter who looks a good bet to make the Ireland U-20’s and the future looks bright for Buccaneers. Good luck to these exciting young players in the upcoming selection process.


BUCCANEERS are hosting a New Year’s Eve party in The Bounty on Friday, December 31st, commencing with a mulled wine reception from 7.30 p.m. A sumptious four course dinner including wine is being laid on as the club revives this traditional end of year event that promises to be a wonderful social occasion and exciting finale to 2010. Live musical entertainment will be followed by a DJ to start the New Year swinging. So, dress smart and, as ticket supply is limited, early booking is strongly recommended. Tickets are priced very reasonably at just €40 each. They can be booked from our Administrator Geraldine at 086-1732711 or by contacting Peggy Hynes, Regina Bushell or Kathy Conlon.


Last week’s Table Quiz threw up some ‘dark horses’ as winners when a team led by our “hands-on” President Big Pat Hynes triumphed in some style. His team mates were Craig Milling, Micky Carroll and Tony Hanevy. Accordingly, some wise guys around the club suggest that the questions were either (1) easy, (2) quirky, (3) had answers on Google or (4) had nothing to do with rugby! But, seriously, thanks to everyone who participated, be it on a team or helping organise the event. Another club quiz will take place in The Bounty before the end of January, so here’s hoping for an even bigger turnout then.


Buccaneers replica gear including jerseys, embroidered hoodies, rucksacks, socks with logos and beanies are selling well. They make ideal gifts for up and coming would-be Brian O’Driscoll’s, Paul O’Connell’s or even Kolo Kiripati’s so contact Jackie Pears at 085-1133806 or Craig Milling at 087-4198202 if looking for adult sizes.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of the late John Kiely. His extended family are well known in the land of Buccaneers with sons Martin and Michael being recent Presidents of the club. Ar dheis De a anam.


All Buccaneers fixtures last weekend once again fell victim to the prolonged spell of severe weather. No games are scheduled this weekend apart from the Exiles Cup match on St. Stephen’s Day. Two Senior matches have been rescheduled as follows:- 
All Ireland League away to Dungannon on Saturday, January 8th, and the final Connacht Senior League tie against Connemara on the following Saturday, January 15th, in Galway. The Connacht Junior 1B game against Creggs has been slotted in for Sunday, January 16th, so make a note of those changes in your new 2011 Diaries.


Best wishes to all Buccaneers players, mentors, officials, supporters, sponsors and volunteers for a happy and peaceful Christmas and every success in the New Year.


Connacht Emerging Talent squad named for game against Leinster North Midlands