St Mary's College RFC

St Mary's College
Full name St Mary's College Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Nickname(s) Mary's
Founded 1900
Region County Dublin
Ground(s) Templeville Road
Templeogue (Capacity: 4000)
President Declan Fanning
Coach(es) Peter Smyth
Jonathan Garth
Malcolm O'Kelly
Captain(s) Robert Sweeney
League(s) All-Ireland League, 1A
Team kit
Official website

St Mary's College Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in South Dublin, Ireland, playing in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League. The club was founded in 1900 by former pupils of St. Mary's College, Dublin and was originally known as Old St Mary's. They club won the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time in 1958. In 2000 they won the AIB League under the captaincy of Trevor Brennan.

The club was formerly sited at College Drive, Templeogue from 1955 until the 1970s, including clubhouse and grounds which have since been developed as Fortfield Square apartments. In the 1970s, the club moved to Templeville Road to rugby grounds formerly owned and used by Templeogue College, the Holy Ghost Fathers sister school of St Mary's College.[1] Currently negotiating the imminent and groundbreaking return of the quasi legendary "Madra Mor".


Notable players


The following St Mary's players represented Ireland at full international level.


1970 Sean Lynch (17) 1970 Denis J. Hickie (6) 1972 *John Moloney (27) 1972 *Tom Grace (25) 1974 *Shay Deering (8) 1977 Tom Feighery (2) 1978 Tony Ward (19) 1978 Terry Kennedy (14) 1979 *Ciaran Fitzgerald (26)** 1979 Rodney O’Donnell (5) 1981 Paul Dean (32) 1988 Vincent Cunningham (16) 1996 Victor Costello (39) 1997 Denis A. Hickie (62) 1997 Conor McGuinness (14) 1997 Kevin Nowlan (3) 1997 John McWeeney (1) 1997 Malcolm O’Kelly (92) 1998 Trevor Brennan (10) 2000 Peter McKenna (1) 2001 Emmet Byrne (9) 2002 Keith Gleeson (27) 2003 Mark McHugh (1) 2005 Kieran Lewis (3) 2007 Shane Jennings (13) 2009 Jonathan Sexton (45) 2009 Kevin McLaughlin (8) 2010 Rhys Ruddock (3) 2011 Sean Cronin (35) 2013 Jack McGrath (10)

British and Irish Lions

As well as representing Ireland, the following St Mary's players have also represented the British and Irish Lions.[2]


  1. St Mary's College RFC - History of the Club
  2. Ciaran Cronin (2007), The Ireland Rugby Miscellany
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