Longford RFC Club News 240918   24/09/2018

Senior Men

Longford Senior Men took on Coolmine yesterday in their first games of their 18-19 Leinster League Campaign.  The Late XV secured a great 31-17 away win, dominating for much of the match.  The Early side put in a great performance in losing but will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in the not to distant future as the play and train together. 

The Senior Men’s first home league match of the season is next Sunday v Carlow.  Carlow were promoted as Champions of Division 2A last season and will be tough opponents.  Indeed, they are one of four former AIL clubs in Longford’s Division this year in the Leinster League.  We would ask all friends and supporters to turn out in big numbers in CPL Park next Sunday from 1.30 PM. 

You find an interview with Club Captain Neal Farrell looking forward to the Leinster League Campaign with the notes.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Sunday September 30th Leinster League Carlow (Home in CPL Park)

Sunday October 14th Leinster League Monkstown (Away)

Sunday October 21st Leinster League DLSP (Away)

Early Side KO 1.30 PM Late Side KO 3PM

Longford Woman

Longford Woman welcomed Athy to CPL Park on Sunday and scored a great morale boosting win.  The Warriors train every Tuesday and Friday night at 7.30 PM.  New players of all fitness levels are welcome, even if you have not played before.  Contact Nuala on 082482005.

Sunday September 30th Leinster League Portlaoise (Away)

Sunday October 14th Leinster League Greystones (Away)

Sunday October 21st Leinster League Naas (Away)

Longford Mini/Youths

Match Reports


Longford played a friendly against Cavan in CPL Park on Saturday.  It was a much improvement form last week but unfortunately Longford came out the wrong side of the result 33-24.  Kevin Tansey, Daniel Hayden, Ryan Doherty, Ollie & Padraig Sheridan, Kevin & Cormac McDonagh & Ronan Kavanagh.


Longford RFC field teams at Youth level from U6 to U18. Training and coaching information can be found below.

Gerry Carthy is Minis/Youths Chair. We are always looking for more coaches, managers, referees, administrators or helpers. If you can help out for even a few hours or make sandwiches for a game or have an ideas/concerns please contact Gerry on; 086-8046857.


Longford Youths are back training at all levels.  New players are welcome at all age levels.  There is no better time to start with the Rugby World Cup looming large on the horizon next November.

Training times and Fixtures can be found on www.longfordrugby.com or at https://goo.gl/qAVBPv

New players are welcome at all age levels – just come to the club on the relevant training night or contact the coach above for details. Don’t worry about not having played before – we have the coaching staff to teach the basics to any player. Jimmy Murphy is the Youth’s Co-ordinator and can be contacted at 086 2555621.

Minis (U6-U12)

Our future Leinster and Ireland stars train every Sunday at 10.30 am.  New players are very welcome, we have a comprehensive team of trained coaches. Just remember to bring a gum shield and a bottle of water along with your training gear.  Two new innovations for the coming season are that we have a new state of the art 4G training area, which are suitable for contact sports along with Girls Training from U8-U12. 

Padraig Murphy is the Mini’s Co-ordinator and can be contacted at 086 2526741 or prgm@me.com

Please make sure to have membership paid in order to take part in games and make sure that your details are on the text list.

Club News

Mel Diffley 4G Pitch Opening

The official opening of the clubs new state of the art 4G pitch will take place after the Senior Match v Carlow on Sunday.  The pitch will be dedicated to the memory of one of Longford’s most dedicated Club Men, Mel Diffley and the opening will be by his wife Ann Diffley and President of the Leinster Branch, Lorcan Balfe.

The pitch is suitable for contact sports like rugby as it had a built in shock absorption layer.  It is a big asset to the club especially for training through the winter months.  There are plans to eventually extend the pitch to full match size in the upcoming years.

All members and friends are invited to attend.

The pitch is also available for rental and is now fully flood light, contact Damian Curley on 0862757103 to book.

The Mini/Youths Boot Room

The innovative boot room allows Mini/Youths players to swap boots as they grow.  There are a number of high quality boots already donated.  If you are looking for boots or have boots to donate contact Gerry Carthy or Padraig Murphy.

Great Food/Events at Longford RFC

The Sin Bin at Longford RFC serves great quality and value food on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12-3 and 12-7 on Saturday and Sunday.  Booking for events such as birthdays, christening, confirmations, communions, weddings and funerals are available.

The Sin Bin also shows all Irish rugby/Leinster/Munster matches live.

Why not rent our new 4G pitch along with food in the Sin Bin for your birthday party or event?  The pitch has built in shock absorption so a perfect surface for kids activities.

For bookings and information phone Kris on 0872872357.


Membership is not due at all levels of the club from Minis to Senior.  It is a vital source of revenue to help pay for our great facilities.  Matt Hanley is collecting Senior Membership while Padraig Murphy is collecting Youths Membership.

Due to new GDPR regulations, all members including life members need to fill in consent forms.

They can be downloaded from the website.


The Club are looking to appoint a Volunteer Photographer to take pictures or Senior Games and events which will be featured on the Club Website, Longford Leader and Shannonside.  If you can help out please contact, Club PRO, Tommy Butler, 0863143968

Woman’s Match Correspondent

The Woman’s Team are looking for a correspondent who will do match reports for them.  All that is required is half a page on each match.  Club Website, Longford Leader and Shannonside.  If you can help out please contact, Club PRO, Tommy Butler, 0863143968

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