Welcome Message From the President – Robbie Love
It is a great honour for me to be elected as president of Old Wesley Rugby Football Club for the 2022 – 2023 season. On behalf of all our club members it is my great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all clubs and match officials visiting Old Wesley RFC at Donnybrook and Ballycorus this season.
I extend my very best wishes to our Club Captain Iain McGann. Iain played his first rugby with Old Wesley as a 7 year old mini player. This is Iain’s fourth season to be elected Club Captain. His election again is a great honour and is a measure of the high esteem that Iain is held in.
There is no doubt a lot of hard work has taken place over the summer months and I wish all Coaches, Management and Players at all levels the very best for this season. Our Touch rugby section is thriving and to all involved keep up the good work.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors in particular our main sponsor Savills. The last few years have been extremely challenging and I thank all our generous members for their financial support. Without the support of our sponsors, members and all benefactors we may not have survived. Yet again the corporate golf day was a great success superbly organised by Adrian Hawe, Eddie Fogarty and committee, thank you.
Another invaluable source of income is our club programme, a special thank you to Alan Chapman, Mark Egan and committee for the mammoth about of work they have done in producing this.
Often the first person people meet when they visit Old Wesley in Donnybrook is our Club Manager Michael Weafer. His friendly approach along with that of all his staff is legendary at this stage. I have no doubt they will do everything to make your day as enjoyable as possible.
Finally, I would like to thank Nigel Poff outgoing President, Ronan Bools Senior Deputy President, the Executive Committee and office staff for their hard work over the last few difficult years.
Robbie joined Old Wesley after leaving the High School, following in the footsteps of his father John. It didn’t take Robbie long to make the Senior Team where he was first choice in the Number 7 jersey for many years. He was elected Club Captain in 1993-94. He was a member of the Old Wesley team that won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1985 and the legendary team that beat the Barbarians in 1991. He played Division 1 AIL and also played for Leinster for a number of years.
Robbie is married to Joan and has a son John and a daughter Vicky.