Club Family Fun Day
Cill Dara RFC Leinster Rugby Summer camp
Cill Dara RFC AGM
Cill Dara RFC AGM
Wednesday the 29th of May
at 7:30 in Beechpark
All members required to attend.
Looking forward to the coming season.
Located on new grounds just outside Kildare Town Cill Dara RFC is a thriving club with a wealth of facilities for all it’s members.
CILL DARA R.F.C. 1976 - 2005
Cill Dara R.F.C. was founded in 1976 as the brainchild of Rev. Father E.D. O’Connor, O.Carm. (Ex Terenure) and Mr. Joe Flanagan, and affiliated to the Leinster Branch, I.R.F.U. in 1977.
Fielding two teams in its first year, the Club unfortunately were not hugely successful on the playing field, instead the founding members concentrated on consolidating the Club’s position in the area and attracting new members. Under the guidance of its President, the Club initiated a youth policy, which has nurtured and fostered the love of the game among the youngsters of the area.
In it early years the Club relied heavily on the generosity and support of Mr. Michael Osborne and in later years of Mr. John Clarke who provided pitches and changing facilities at the National Stud.
A major fundraising effort allowed the Club move to new pitches and changing rooms at Whitesland on the outskirts of the town. The President of the I.R.F.U officially opened the Whitesland development in 1994.
The housing boom of the late nineties and the rezoning of it’s eleven acre property at Whitesland necessitated a third move for the Club. A hardworking lands development committee oversaw this latest move. The lands committee under the stewardship of the then Club Chairman, Ger Conway, directed and supervised all aspects of the magnificent development, where the club is now, in Beechpark. This development incorporates all that is required in playing the modern game including a state of the art health and fitness center.
On the playing front Cill Dara R.F.C. are well established as one of the most progressive and competitive clubs in the North Midlands area. Competing at all levels from under age to Junior one, winning A Provincial Towns Seconds Cup in 1989 and now playing in Division 1 of the Leinster League. While the clubs senior sides are among the teams to beat in the Midlands area it is the youth section who have brought the silver ware home on a consistent basis.
Over the years Leinster Youth Cups have been won on several occasions, the most recent in 2002 when the clubs U/18 side won the Culliton Cup. Following on from this success the club then fielded its first U/20 side in competition and was narrowly beaten at the semi-final stage.
As Cill Dara R.F.C. sets out on the next part of its journey building on the foundation laid by a successful youth policy, allied to new members attracted by the superb facilities available and steered by a sensible and professional management team the future indeed looks rosy for this young and vibrant club.