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Dolphin were featuring strongly in Division 1A between 2010-2012, with a proven policy of selecting U20 players for AIL games. In 2011/12 a total of 12 U20 players made 70 AIL Starts for Dolphin between them.
The likes of Niall & Rory Scannell, Cian Bohane & Ryan Murphy all played AIL for Dolphin in their first year out of school and earned places in the Munster Academy for the following season.
Central to this club policy was the then Senior Coach and present forwards Coach, Steve Ford.
 
If you have ambitions as a rugby player, then Dolphin RFC could be the club for you. Playing AIL for even one season will give you more profile than playing U20 or J1. Many school leavers join clubs and rarely get an opportunity at AIL or indeed at U20 as they may already have many quality players in their chosen position.
 
Dolphin have a very good U20 set up. Last season they finished in the Top 4 of the Munster U20 (Donal Walsh Trophy) and alongside UCC, Shannon & Garryowen qualified for the Fraser McMuller Cup.
They are looking to build on this performance and are welcoming new U20 (and potentially Senior) players. The U20's are already in their second week of pre season training, which happens at 6.30pm every Tues & Thursday in Musgrave Park. They will train alongside the Senior side, many who are already out before they formally start themselves.

Burr Murphy RIP

We learned yesterday of the sad news that JB (Burr ) Murphy, had passed away. Burr was one of a small group of Hon Life Members of Dolphin RFC.

Burr started his long association with the club in the 1930's as an Under 14. He followed his older brothers Donal & Ted to Dolphin.In 1942-43 he won Minor League & Cup medals with Dolphin and a Senior Cup medal with CBC, team mates that year included Gerald Reidy & Jim McCarthy.

In 1948-49 he won a Cork Charity Cup medal, but was on the losing side in that season's Munster Senior Cup Final.

In the early 70's he was one of the main drivers responsible for reforming the Dolphin Youth Section  and became Club President in 1972/73.

In the 1990's Burr was responsible for writting our club anthem "We are Dolphin once Again" and for years would lead victorious Dolphin teams in rousing renditions of back in the dressing room. He was so proud to see players from Minis up singing his club anthem. He rarely missed an AIL game until ill health stopped him but he still followed closely and he knew everything that was going on in the club.

For the clubs centenary a Club History was written and Burr was responsible for a chapter, called very appropriately " The Club I Love so well" 

It may have been 16 years ago but 2 paragraphs are well worth reprinting here.

"Dolphin over the years has  been a 2nd family to me, and happily I have maintained the friendships I made in my Youth and made more with the new generations that continue to come along."

 "The season just gone past may not have been our greatest for one reason or another but our thanks must go to those who stuck with it through thick and thin. I would appeal to our present playing members to remain with the club after they hang up their boots. If you do this you can be  assured of the same pride and pleasure that Dolphin has given me."

Burr was always an entertainer, loved his music, remembered for being a ventriloquist and his singing dogs.

He will be sadly missed, by all his friends in the Club he loved so well.

Burr's wife Mary passed away many years ago, she was another great servent of the club, putting in many hours in the kitchen, serving all the visiting teams alongside the likes of Anne Reidy & Enna Hodkinson. 

Our condolences go to their daughters Caroline, Helen & Eithne, sons in law and many grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

Presidents Golf Outing  - Thursday 19th July

 

Date  Thurs July 19  3.00pm-4.20pm

          Douglas Golf Club

          18 holes singles

          Guests welcome

          €40 , meal included  --- reduction for Douglas members

          Bring a bottle --- will be appreciated.

        

 Book a teetime 

          Barry Keeshan  086 8792986  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

          Suzanne Reidy  087 2356205  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

          Mick Mescal     086 2677922   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

U20.5 Pre Season Training

Pre Season Training for the U20.5's commences on Tuesday 26th June @ 6.30pm in Musgrave Park.

Head Coach is Colin O'Shaughnessy 087- 1326600.

New Players very welcome!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Cola!

Yesterday some of Norman (Cola) Coleman's teammates travelled to celebrate his birthday, including Noel Kavanagh from Dublin.

An Honorary Life Member, there is a significant family connection with the club. His father Dicky captained Dolphin to a first Munster Senior Cup in 1921 and went on to become Club President in 1957/58. His older brother Dick was President in 1973/74.

Cola was a talented player who played many times for Munster, he played on the Munster team in January 1954 which ran the All Blacks close, a narrow 6-3 defeat.

From a club point of view he will always be remembered for his part in the Munster Cup winning side of 1955/56. John O'Meara was club captain and fellow international Gerald Reidy was vice captain, both were injured and missed out on the final. Cola who had been club captain two seasons previously took over as captain for the day.

It would not happen now, but Dolphin went through the campaign without scoring a try. They defeated Young Munster 12-6 in the semi final and Sunday's Well 3-0 in the final, thanks to the golden boot of Cola. Another brother Butch was also in the Senior squad that season.

He became the 3rd Coleman to serve as President in 1977-78.

Always a proud Dolphin man,a pleasure  to be with, Happy Birthday Cola, here's to many more.

Wonderful International Day for Former Dolphin Team Mates

Both Niall Scannell & John Quill played significant roles for their respective International sides on Saturday. 

Niall earned his 8th Irish International cap v Australia, the first Irish victory on Australian soil since 1979. Quilly , who is Eagle #435 has earned 27 caps for USA Eagles, the win over Scotland was the first one over a Tier One side in 94 years since their victory over France in the 1924 Olympic Games.

John Quill is playing for Glendale Raptors, the Colorado based team is  leading the Major League Rugby standings two weeks ahead of the MLR playoffs.having defeated the Seattle Seawolves at the weekend they remain undefeated. Unfortunately Quilly suffered a leg injury in the last moments of the game and will miss next week ends fixture v Canada.

The photograph was from the June 2017 fixture between Ireland & USA Eagles, a game where they both scored tries- Rory Scannell scoring 2 conversions. 

Last Friday The 42 published an article on Niall  Scannell but said Sat was going to be a very important day for RORY Scannell, to which Rory replied, it was, on a beach in Portugal.

 

 

   

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