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Club History

Terenure College RFC was founded on 5th November 1940, when Rev. Fr. Jackie Corbett O.Carm, worried that past pupils of Terenure College were not continuing to play rugby, called a meeting of past pupils in the Hotel Lenehan on Harcourt Street. Following the meeting, Terenure Collegians were formed, playing their first game against the College SCT soon after.

Collegians became affiliated with the Leinster Branch of the IRFU in September 1943, and soon after played their first match in the Minor (J2) league, which they went on to win in their first season. Changing their strip to the now famous purple, black and white stripes for the 1944/45 season, the club went from strength to strength, opening the first club pavilion in April 1947 and winning the J2 league and Metro cup in 1949. The 1950s saw the 1st XV win the J1 league five times, but the club failed to secure senior status in the Leinster Branch until their 14th application in January 1959.

The 1960s were a glory period, with the club gaining their first internationals in Mick Hipwell (62) and Brendan Sherry (67), a new clubhouse (62) and back to back Leinster Senior Cups (66 and 67). The 70s saw Mick Hipwell become the club’s first Lion in New Zealand in 1971, and the addition of the lounge to the clubhouse. A tour to the USA in 1981 was followed by Terenure’s first President of the IRFU, Mick Carroll, our first Leinster Senior League and our third international in Paul Haycock, before the inception of the All Ireland League in 1990, and the celebration of the
club’s Jubilee in 1990.

The mid 90s saw another glory period for the club, with Ciaran Clarke, Niall Hogan and David Corkery capped for Ireland, with Hogan going on to captain Ireland in the 95/96 season. During this time, we won our third and fourth Leinster Senior Cups, with the 95/96 team, captained by Peter Bruce doing the unprecedented treble of the Kitty O’Shea Leinster League, Leinster Senior Cup and promotion to Division 1 of the AIL for the first time. In the 98/99 season, we gained two more internationals, as Girvan Dempsey and Eric Miller pulled on the green jersey.

The last few years have seen some great developments in Lakelands, starting with the signing of a historic lease in 2013 on the club grounds. This was secured after many years of negotiation, and the generosity of the Carmelite Fathers. The following season, we won promotion back to Division 1A of the AIL, while our U20s won the club’s first McCorry Cup, securing the JP Fanagan league title at the same time. In 2015, the 1st XV reached the playoffs of the AIL, while the U20s repeated their incredible double of the previous season, and the club
celebrated its 75th Anniversary. 2015 saw the opening of state of the art new facilities, with an all weather pitch, floodlights and new changing rooms. These years also saw the latest Terenure men to become Irish internationals, with Isaac Boss and John Cooney receiving caps.

In 2021, the Club reached its first AIL Final were the Senior XV narrowly missed out, being beaten by Clontarf in the Aviva Stadium, with the final score being Clontarf 29-23 Terenure College. The eagerly-awaited Dublin derby drew an attendance of 5,788, a record crowd for an All-Ireland League final at the Lansdowne Road venue since its redevelopment. The previous best for the recent league deciders was 2,100.

In 2023, the Club Senior XV reached their second AIL Final. On the 7th of May 2023, the team took to the pitch to once again face Clontarf for the second year in a row.

This time Terenure College RFC came away victorious in a thrilling final, beating Clontarf RFC by a decisive 50 points to 24 point scoreline. On that day, Club history was made as we took home our first AIL title in the Clubs history.

To read more about that day CLICK HERE 

Club Presidents 2022 - 1983

2023-24 Paul Crossan
2022-23 Tommy D’Arcy
2021-22 Martin Doyle
2020-21 Martin Doyle
2019-20 P .Murphy
2018-19 C.O’Leary
2017-18 T. Moloney
2016-17 P. O’Reilly
2015-2016 P. Hennebry
2014–2015 B Colgan
2013-2014 A. Fitzpatrick
2012-2013 D. Hyland
2011-2012 R. Harrison
2010-2011 P. Browne
2009-10 T. Duggan
2008-09 J. Kelly
2007-08 D. McGowan
2006-07 D. O’Sullivan
2005-06 B. Twomey
2004-05 D. Lamont
2003-04 C. Jenkinson
2002-03 T. Bermingham
2001-02 N.E. Morrissey
2000-01 P. MacKay
1999-2000 B. Morrissey
1998-99 M. Jordan
1997-98 B. Doyle
1996-97 M. Thunder
1995-96 M. McKenna
1994-95 F. Gildea
1993-94 E. Coleman
1992-93 P. Devlin
1991-92 S. McNabola
1990-91 J. Milroy
1989-90 W. Flynn
1988-89 S. Connolly
1987-88 P.G. Gaffney
1986-87 H. McCann
1985-86 G.Byrne
1984-85 M.T. McNamara
1983-84 W. Kelly
1982-83 N. Searson

Club Captains - 2022-1981

2022-23 H. Brewer
2021-22 S. O’Neill
2020-21 S. O’Neill
2019-20 P. Thornton
2018-19 M. Melia
2017-18 R. Smyth
2016-17 K. McCoy
2015-2016 J. O’Neill
2014-2015 J. O’Neill
2013-2014 J. O’Neill
2012-2013 C. Gildea
2011-2012 B. Moroney
2010-2011 K. O’Dwyer
2009-10 M. Mahony
2008-09 A. Dunlop
2007-08 S. Nolan
2006-07 D. Quinn
2005-06 D. Blaney
2004-05 C. Egan
2003-04 R. Governey
2002-03S. Cullen
2001-02 S. Cullen
2000-01 R. Sheriff
1999-2000 R. Sheriff
1998-99 J. Blaney
1997-98 M. Egan/J. Kelly
1996-97 J. Blaney
1995-96 P. Bruce
1994-95 P. Walsh
1993-94 N. Hogan
1992-93 P. Hennebry
1991-92 M. Costello
1990-91 B. Twomey
1989-90 B. Twomey
1988-89 M. D’Arcy
1987-88 B. Byrne
1986-87 J. O’Brien
1985-86 P. Joyce
1984-85 N. Williamson
1983-84 N. O’Kelly
1982-83 G. Morrissey
1981-82 L. O’Dea

Club Presidents 1982 - 1940

1981-82 J.C. Walsh
1980-81 A. O’Callaghan
1979-80 H. Cassidy
1978-79 N.E. Gaffney
1977-78 E.M. Ryder
1975-76 T.E. Duggan
1974-75 J.P. O’Connor
1973-74 P.J. Barrett
1972-73 J. Foley
1971-72 M. Donnelly
1970-71 J.J. Doran
1969-70 P.I. Lyons
1968-69 F O’Nolan
1967-68 P.Murphy
1966-67 R.J. Marsh
1965-66 G. O’Connor
1964-65 E.M. Ryder
1963-64 G.M. Doyle
1962-63 K. Monaghan
1961-62 J. Milroy
1960-61 J. Corrigan
1959-60 M.J.L. McGowan
1958-59 Rev. T.E. Devine O. Carm.
1957-58 Rev. T.E. Devine O. Carm.
1956-57 Rev. T.E. Devine O. Carm.
1955-56 Rev. T.E. Devine O. Carm.
1954-55 Rev .J.E. Corbett O. Carm.
1953-54 Rev. J.E. Corbett O. Carm.
1952-53 Rev. J.E. Corbett O. Carm.
1951-52 Rev. J.E. Corbett O. Carm.
1950-51 Rev. P Keenan O. Carm.
1949-50 Rev. P.G. Meagher O. Carm.
1948-49 Rev. P.G. Meagher O. Carm.
1947-48 Rev. P.G. Meagher O. Carm.
1946-47 Rev. P.G. Meagher O. Carm.
1945-46 Rev. D.C Flanagan O. Carm.
1944-45 Rev. D.C Flanagan O. Carm.
1943-44 Rev. D.C Flanagan O. Carm.
1942-43 Rev. J.E. Corbett O. Carm.
1941-42 Rev. J.E. Corbett O. Carm.
1940-41 Rev. J.E. Corbett O. Carm.

Club Captains 1981-1940

1980-81 P. Joyce
1979-80 D.M. Lamont
1978-79 M. Smyth
1977-78 B. Lynham
1975-76 J.B. Morrissey
1974-75 B.F. Sherry
1973-74 D. Coleman
1972-73 J.B. Morrissey
1971-72 M. Mahony
1970-71 D. Coleman
1969-70 B. Gorevan
1968-69 E. Coleman
1967-68 W.G. Tormey
1966-67 E.J. Thornton
1965-66 E. Coleman
1964-65 J. Doyle
1963-64 M. Hipwell
1962-63 P. Gaffney
1961-62 S. Connolly
1960-61 S. Connolly
1959-60 J.C. Walsh
1958-59 H. Church
1957-58 M. Pender
1956-57 M. Pender
1955-56 C. McMorrow
1954-55 S.A. Brooks
1953-54 M.H. Carroll
1952-53 M.H. Carroll
1951-52 P. Church
1950-51 R.P. Duffy
1949-50 P. Murphy
1948-49 P. Murphy
1947-48 S.F. Meagher
1946-47 J. Kinneen
1945-46 J. Kinneen
1944-45 A McMorrow
1943-44 J. Milroy
1942-43 J. Milroy
1941-42 H. Milroy
1940-41 H. Milroy

Caps for Ireland

Michael Hipwell – Number 8
Caps:14 (1962-1972)

Brendan Sherry – Scrum Half
Caps:6 (1966-1968)

Paul Haycock – Wing
Caps:1 (1988-1989)

Ciaran Clarke– Full Back
Caps:5 (1992-1998)

David Corkery– Flanker
Caps:27 (1993-2000)

Niall Hogan– Scrum Half
Caps:5 (1994-1998)

Girvan Dempsey– Full Back
Caps:82 (1998-2009)

 

Club Caps for Leinster

James Blaney (Hooker)
Alex Dunlop (Second Row)
Derek Hegarty (Scrum – Half)
David McAllister (Out-Half)
Richie Governey (Out-Half)
Kevin Putt (Scrum-Half)
Steve Barretto (Prop)
Tommy Birmingham(Hooker)
Peter Bruce (Prop)
Brian Blaney (Hooker)
Ciaran Clarke (Full Back)
Barry Coleman (Second Row)
Hugh Church (Scrum Half)
Eddie Coleman (Wing / Centre)
Michael Costello (Wing)
David Coleman (Wing)
Michael Pender (Centre)
Rory Sherrif (Second Row)
Michael Smyth Snr (Out Half)
Eddie Thornton (Wing)
Gerry Tormey (Centre)
Matt D’Arcy (Prop)
Girvan Dempsey (Full Back)
John Cronin (Full Back)
Joe Doyle (Full Back)
Tom Doyle (Flanker)
Brendan Doyle (Second Row)
Paul Haycock (Wing)
Paul Hennebry (Out Half)
Mick Hipwell (Flanker & No.8)
Niall Hogan (Scrum Half)
Pat Holden (Second Row)
Ray Hopkins (Full Back)
Paul Joyce (Scrum Half)
Paddy Kelly(Prop)
Brendan Lynham (Scrum Half)
Gerry Martin (Out Half)
Paddy Mayne (Hooker)
Eric Miller (Flanker & No.8)
Gerry Morrissey (Flanker)
John O’Brien (No.8)
Niall O’Donoghue (Prop)
Pat Tormey (Centre)
Colin Younger (Centre)

Club Caps for Munster

James Blaney (Hooker)
Denis Geary – Hooker
David Corkery – Flanker
Derek Hegarty – Scrum Half

Club Caps for Ulster

Johnny Campbell (Prop)

Club Caps For Connacht

Shea Craven (Flanker)
John Dillon (Flanker)
Mark Egan (No.8)
Ray Flannery (Wing)
Michael Mahony (Scrum Half)
Liam Mulcahy (Centre)
Colm McMorrow (Centre)
Brendan Sherry (Scrum Half)
Michael Smyth Jnr (Centre)
John Thornton (Wing)

Former IRFU Presidents

1984-85 M. H. Carroll

2000-01 Eddie Coleman

 

Leinster Under Age Caps

Leinster U-19

1990 / 91
COLEMAN D. (1)
COSTELLO D. (1)
CANNIFFE B. (1)

1991 / 92
DOYLE B. (1)
CROSSAN D. (1)

1992 / 93
De GASCUN C. (1)
BLANEY J. (2)
Mc-GOVERN J. (1)
SHERRY J. (1)

1993 / 94
MULDOWNEY J. (1)

1994 / 95
DEMPSEY G. (1)

1995 / 96
KERINS A. (1)

1996 / 97
O’CONNOR R. (1)
COLEMAN KA. (1)
ELKINSON S. (1)
CAMPBELL J. (1)
QUINN D. (1)
O’DONOGHUE D. (1)

2004/ 05
HUGHES A. (1)
O’REILLY B. (2)
SMYTH C. (1)

2007 / 08
DEVER J. (4)

2008 / 09
BYRNE R. (3)

Leinster Under 20s

1990 / 91
HUGHES A. (1)
HOGAN N. (5)

1991 / 92
COLEMAN D. (1)
TYNAN S. (1)
WALSH G. (2)

1992 / 93
DOYLE B. (1)
MORGAN C. (2)
CROSSAN D. (2)

1993 / 94
SHERRY J. (1)
BLANEY J. (3)
KAVANAGH B. (2)
MULDOWNEY J. (1)

1994 / 95
DEMPSEY G. (3)
SMYTH M. (5)
HOGAN B. (1)
CAMPBELL B. O’D (5)
EGAN C. (4)

1995 / 96
DEMPSEY G. (5)
SMYTH M. (5)
CAMPBELL B. O’D (1)

1996 / 97
ELKINSON S. (1)

1997 / 98
COLEMAN KA. (4)
CAMPBELL J. (2)

2001 / 02
COLEMAN KI. (1)
COSTELLO P. (3)
BLANEY B. (3)
KEOGH J. (3)
KELLY A. (3)

2006 / 07
BYRNE C. (2)

2008 / 09
DEVER J. (3)

2009 / 10
DEANS C. (2)

Leinster Under 21

1994 / 95
BLANEY J. (1)
KAVANAGH B. (1)
EGAN C. (1)

1996 / 97
SMYTH M. (1)
HEGARTY D. (1)

2002 / 03
COLEMAN KI. (4)
BLANEY B. (5)
DUNLOP D. (2)
BARRETTO J. (4)

2003 / 04
COLEMAN KI. (3)
DUNLOP A. (6)

2004 / 05
MORONEY B (4)
DUNLOP A. (Capt.) (4)
BROPHY D. (1)

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