It is with pleasure, that I cordially invite you, and any of your interested colleagues, to the official launch of Carrick on Shannon’s New Club Crest at The Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim on Friday the 16th of January at 8pm.

In recent times, the Club felt that although our club is named and based in Carrick on Shannon, as explained in the article below by our Club President, the new Club Crest represents a much wider player constituency of Leitrim and Roscommon.  Of late we have been fortunate to get players, at all age levels, from Boyle, Elphin, Croghan and in between. These players join existing players from various location including to name but a few, mid and south Leitrim, as well as Longford and Cavan.

We are also pleased to announce that our Club Crest will be officially launched by local man and the current President of the Connacht Branch of IRFU Rugby; Mr. Adrian Leddy.Carrick RFC Crest500

Both Adrian Leddy and Joe Dolan, owner of The Bush Hotel, will be presented with plaques of our new crest.  Our new club crest will then be displayed alongside every other Connacht Rugby Club’s crests at Connacht Branch Headquarters at the Sportsground, Galway and also in The Bush Hotel, the official headquarters for Carrick on Shannon RFC.

We think this is a great occasion to be celebrated and we believe not to be missed.  We hope that you may be able to attend and record the moment in your publication for prosperity.

On the night, we will also be presenting our current fundraising initiative, which is our on-line Sports Prediction Quiz.

This quiz is made up of 26 questions, where the entrant has to predict the future winners for various sporting events over the next 10 months, ranging from Tennis, Hurling, Rugby and Soccer to name but a few.  The quiz can be completed by experienced and inexperienced sports people as the quiz has a multiple choice part to it but it also has the option of selecting your own answer.  The other great aspect to this quiz is the winning prize of €1,000 and two runner-up prizes.  The cost is €10 per entry and all the cash raised goes directly to pay the winners of the quiz and the remainder to support Carrick on Shannon RFC develop their new Club grounds and facilities.  Carrick on Shannon is a not-for-profit club and run entirely by supporters and rugby lunatics!

Refreshments (tea/coffee & biscuits) will be provided on the night.

Should you have any special/reasonable requests, please contact PRO Aidan Lenehan who will try his utmost to facilitate you.  Members of the club executive, players, coaches, parents and supporters will be present on the night.

Please find attached, a Hi res JPEG image of our new crest.

Thanking you in advance,

Club PRO: Aidan Lenehan o.b.o. Carrick on Shannon RFC.

086 3867960 / [email protected]

Here are a few words from our present Chairman, Sean McKeon about the background to how our new crest was established: 

Carrick on Shannon Rugby Football Club, reformed in April 2005, having previously being named East Connacht when formed in 1974, the name was changed to Carrick On Shannon RFC in the early 1980’s, and subsequently disbanded in 1993.

We at the Club look at our past as well as looking to the future when developing any new initiatives, as history can also point us in a positive direction. We decided that while Carrick on Shannon was our home, we represented a much wider player constituency of Leitrim and Roscommon. We used the symbols from both coats of arms “the Lion from the O’Rourke clan of Leitrim” and the “Cross from Roscommon remembers Saint Coman and the Abbeys of the County”.  Both symbols are united around the Shannon Bridge which joins the counties in the shape of a rugby ball.

The Latin Phrase – “Ubi concordia, ibi Victoria”, “Where there is unity, there is the victory” is a call to action for all budding rugby players young or old, with or without rugby experience, to join our club and play a sport with no borders, united as one club!  As President of the club and having played and captained within the club, I am very proud to see the legacy we are creating for those that follow in our footsteps.

To our predecessors who had the initiative to bring this great game to our area, I say a huge thank you.  These people did not have the benefit of a professional era to help them, only hard work and perseverance, and without them we might never have existed.

Our new crest is a true symbol of where we are going as a club.  We are building a new tomorrow in a time when finance and population are scarce, yet we have dedicated volunteers who’s only ask is to see their club succeed.  From players, supporters, parents to our friends outside the club who selflessly continue to raise funds and are unwavering in their support of our clubs development and our vision for the future, we are eternally grateful.  It’s for this reason “Ubi concordia, ibi Victoria” is pertinent, and will be the bedrock for everything we strive for in the years to come.

Ubi concordia, ibi Victoria

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