Na Bairneachaí

Barna Knocknacarra Rugby Club

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Foley from all at Na Bairneachai RFC. A touching  tribute was also posted earlier this morning from the Connacht squad

Connacht Anthony Foley Tribute

Our season is well and truly up and running and again our fortunes are entwined with Connacht. For our first home blitz we hosted Corrib RFC and Gort RFC on Saturday 15th at Dangan. The weather held, we had over 200 children take part, and our catering department did us proud. Thank you to all who prepared food for the event and special thanks are due to Emma, Nadia, Georgina, Fionnuala, Sharon and Fiona who ran the kitchen. We would also like to acknowledge the generous financial contribution of Barna Village Dental, Roger + Katie, 2 of our parents who sponsored this blitz.

Barna Village Dental

Our next blitz is away to Clifden on Saturday November 5th. Details of this event will be sent to you in advance via the Teamer app. We will need drivers on the day. 

Our membership continues to grow. We have migrated our registration and payment system over to the Teamer web based app. This will provide you the parent with a better insight into all that goes on in the club. It will also allow us to manage the club more efficiently. Please register your child using the teamer link provided. We will make every effort to ensure your child receives his kit on the Saturday after your have registered and paid.

We will have 3 fundraising events before Christmas The first of these, ‘Your Club Your Country’ is a raffle organised by IRFU, who also have supplied the fantastic prizes. Full details of the prizes are here . BKRFC have 1000 tickets to sell at €10 each.The club gets to keep all the monies raised from this raffle. We ask that each family in the club takes one book of tickets to sell. Tickets will be distributed on Saturday October 29th and must be returned by Saturday November 12th

Our second fundraiser is our annual bag packing day at Dunnes Knocknacarra which will take place on Saturday November 26th. Training will be suspended on that day. We will pack bags at the checkouts in Dunnes from 10am to 6pm. We need at least 10 sets of parents and children for each 2 hour slot. You can register yourself here for this event and you can see who else has registered here

Our final fundraiser for 2016 will be a table quiz in Tom Sheridan’s pub on Tuesday November 29th at 20.30, with prizes galore. If any of you feel you can help with these events will you please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.? We would especially encourage any parents that might have unused vouchers, or excess bottles of any sort to help sponsor the spot prizes on the night. These can be dropped off at training session to any of the coaches. We also need an MC for the night. If you have experience in this regard, do let us know.

All monies raised by BKRFC are used by BKRFC for the development of the club and its members.

If any of you reading this newsletter has experience in accountancy, fundraising, marketing, public relations we would appreciate a call. We are trying to increase our profile as a club within Galway City in the hope that we might obtain a permanent home at some point in the future. To do this will take money, time, resources etc. We really could do with some of your expertise in this area. Please email directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get back to you

One of the perks of being a Rugby club is access to RBS 6 nation’s tickets. We will have 3 pairs of tickets available to purchase for both the 2017 RBS 6N England and France matches. To show your expression of interest in these tickets please complete this short online form here. The winners of the right to purchase these tickets will be announced just in time for Christmas.

Laws of rugby 16.2 Joining a ruck.

(a) All players forming, joining or taking part in a ruck must have their heads and shoulders no lower than their hips.

(b) A player joining a ruck must bind on a team-mate or an opponent, using the whole arm. The bind must either precede, or be simultaneous with, contact with any other part of the body of the player joining the ruck.

Famous rugby quotes

“You’ve got to get your first tackle in early, even if it is late” Ray Gravell, Llanelli, Wales and British lions

Up-coming Connacht home games

o Connacht v Cardiff November 25th

o Connacht v Treviso December 3rd

o Connacht v Wasps December 17th




Welcome back everybody to another season of mini rugby with Barna Knocknacarra Rugby Club. And what a year it has been for the club? We are 10 years old this year, our very first team is now knocking on the doors of NUIG RFC and will graduate from NUIG Academy this year. Just like Connacht rugby ‘from grass roots to green shoots’ we too are providing future players for our province. All good things however must come to an end and this year sees the graduation of last year’s under 12 team who now move up to the academy. We say good bye to three of our senior coaches who have led this team for many years. Ray Foley, Ger O Connor and Paul O Kennedy will shortly be heard exhorting the best from our newest under 13 team at Dangan. In another progression our very first BKRFC team of 10 years ago is now u17 and will graduate the NUIG academy at the end of this season.

This year, instead of burying our already slender admin resources in paper and cash/cheques to be lodged, we are asking all of you to register and pay for your children via the Teamer and Stripe apps. You can do this by following the link sent today to your email account or via text message. Registration for the 2017 season is set at €80 for the first child ,€150 for 2 children and €220 for 3 children. In addition to receiving a full kit in year 1, your child will also receive a hoodie in year 2 and a beanie hat in year 3. Thanks are due to Richie Ashe and Paul Grout for setting this up for the club.

You may have seen the recruitment roadside posters or flyers in your child’s school bag this past week. We would like to thank Brian Sexton of Musgraves and Clarkes Supervalu of Barna for sponsoring these and Val Mc Evoy father of Luke who arranged for their erection. PLEASE pass the word to your friends, neighbours etc that BKRFC are actively recruiting new members at all age groups from under 7 to under 12. With the popularity of Connacht rugby now, there is no better Parent/Child bonding, we believe, than over rugby on a Saturday morning.

BKRFC is run for its members by its members. We have 3 committees running in the club, The main club committee elected at AGM each year and 2 satellite committees, ‘The Pitch Committee’ and ‘The fundraising Committee’. In addition to these committees we also need help coaching the children, preparing hospitality for Blitzs etc. You can help by providing your expertise if you have any but more importantly your time to the club. It makes a huge difference in morale to our officers and coaches to see parents muck in and help the club. Please contact Tony or any of the club officers if you have expertise in fundraising, Public relations, Administration, Grant applications etc. Our children are only children for such a short period in their lives and it really does take a rugby village to raise a rugby child!

There are a couple of coaching courses coming up which would equip you the parent with the skills necessary to become a coach

  1. Stage 1 coaching. Fri 23rd Sept – Sat 24th. Sportsground
  2. Stage 2 coaching. Mon 10/17/24 Oct. Sportsground Please see Tony if you would like to register.

This video was shown at Connacht Mini rugby AGM and is well worth 5 minutes of your time #letkidsbekids. All the coaches in BKRFC will try to role model the message in this video and we ask that you as parents try as well, and together we can give the children a great season.

Laws of rugby, 15.4 The tackler.
(a)When a player tackles an opponent and they both go to ground, the tackler must immediately release the tackled player. (b)The tackler must immediately get up or move away from the tackled player and from the ball at once. (c)The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then may play the ball from any direction.Sanction: Penalty kick

Famous rugby quotes “Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah.” FAX to the All Blacks before the 1995 World Cup semi-final.

Up-coming Connacht home games. o Friday September 30th Connacht v Edinburgh 19.35 o Friday October 7th Connacht v Ulster 19.35

Our season is over, Thank you so much to all our players, parents and coaches for participating again this year. It is its own reward for us all, to see the development of our young players both in rugby skills and in becoming fine young gentlemen. We will resume again in the coming September. Watch your emails for a message from us. You will also be able to pre-register online for this coming season. If you could forward this onto your son’s friends, school buddies, neighbours then next year will be even better? 2016/17 REGISTRATION FORM

The AGM of Barna Knocknacarra rfc will be held in the boardroom of the ‘Twelve’ hotel Barna on Thursday May 5th at 8pm. All parents and coaches are welcome. Come along and get fitted for a sheepskin! We are actively looking for support in the areas of coaching, and committee membership. It’s not just Connacht rugby that have big dreams!

The winners of our Klubfunder RBS 6 nation’s competition were as follows.
1st – Fionn Healy
2nd – Johnny Feeney
3rd – Tom Moloney
Cheques are on the way to you all.

Our under 10,11,12 teams recently participated in the Connemara Cup held as usual at Carraroe, organised by an Ghaeltacht rfc. All our teams did themselves proud as usual with our under 11’s proving victorious again and winning the cup for a second year. ( See pic below)

Our under 7, 8, 9 teams also finished up for the year with a fun day on April 9th attended by Connacht Players Daragh Leader and Peter Robb.

Our final outing of the season took place last weekend, Our now annual trip to Seapoint Dublin for the country’s largest blitz, with over 100 teams and nearly 1000 players taking part, BK rfc along with 56 players in 4 teams, with 11 coaches and 20+ parents boarded buses at 06.30 and had a wonderful day in Dublin. Again we cannot speak highly enough of all the players who behaved brilliantly both on and off the pitch. (The parents and coaches weren’t so bad either).One for your diaries next year.

U10s-seapoint-2016 Barna Knocknacarra Under 10 at Seapoint Blitz, April 24th

U10-11-Seapoint-2016 Barna Knocknacarra Under 10/11 at Seapoint Blitz, April 24th

U11-Connemara-Cup-2016 Barna Knocknacarra Under 11,winners Connemara Cup, April 16th

U12-Connacht-Cup-2016 Barna Knocknacarra Under 12,at the Connacht cup, March 19th

Laws of Rugby (10.4f )
Playing an opponent without the ball. Except in a scrum, ruck or maul, a player who is not in possession of the ball must not hold, push or obstruct an opponent not carrying the ball.Source World Rugby Laws

Famous rugby quotes
Tim Allnut, Connacht Backs coach
“Tim, how much caffeine do Connacht inject into Bundee before a game to get him so worked up?
Tim’s beautifully timed response to the camera. “ Er no mate, Bundee’s not allowed caffeine!”

Up-coming Connacht home games.
o Friday April 29th
o Saturday 7th May Connacht v Glasgow 15.00

Connacht v Treviso 18.30