Rugby: Darren Finnegan and David Kennedy
Rugby made its long awaited return to Moyle Park in 2016. It is a little known fact that Clondalkin RFC had initially used the grounds of Moyle Park College, with thanks to the Marist Brothers, to play their home games before moving to their current grounds in Gordon Park, Kingswood in 1977. Moyle Park can count an Irish international amongst its alumni; John Sexton (not to be confused with his namesake and current Irish outhalf- Johnny Sexton) caught the rugby bug whilst attending Moyle Park and went on to win four full Irish caps during the 1980’s.
Mr Finegan has now set about trying to once again make the sight of the oval ball an everyday feature of life in Moyle Park. 2016 saw the establishment of a squad of over forty rugby players in the school across all the year groups, with many of those students taking part in rugby for the very first time. A series of blitz tournaments and challenge matches followed and the progress made by the squad was quick and dramatic.
Leinster Rugby and Clondalkin RFC have both been vital in re-establishing the sport in Moyle Park and we hope to build on those partnerships and continue the momentum which has been created. Who knows, Moyle Park may well see one of our players one day grace the pitch of the RDS or Lansdowne Road as is the case of fellow Marist and current Leinster and Ireland star Robbie Henshaw.