It is with a sense of pride and a little sadness that we would like to congratulate Alexander Thompson on being offered a new contract with Ulster Rugby. Pride because Alexander achieved this after recognition for his achievements with Terenure College Rugby Football Club, but sadness because he now leaves us.
Alexander “Thompo” Thompson arrived in Lakelands last season and immediately had an impact. He immersed himself in the club and embraced everything the playing group was trying to achieve. He was welcomed by all the players, management & members and quickly became one of our own. Alexander’s family were also made welcome and were present at almost all his matches. After a very short time it felt like they had all been in the club for years. Alex had a fantastic season on and off the pitch, and all his hard work and dedication was rewarded with selection for the Ireland Clubs International team where he had a significant influence.
Club President Cathal O’Leary stated “On behalf of the Club and all its members, I would like to congratulate Alex and wish him well. We will certainly miss you. However, we are delighted that your hard work and dedication has paid dividends, and that your performances for Terenure were recognised and rewarded with this contract from Ulster Rugby. If you continue to perform as you have done over the past season, and continue to commit yourself as you have shown, I have no doubt that you will be a great success and will become another fine Ulster player. We will always consider you a ‘Nure man, and we look forward to seeing you back in Lakelands over the coming years”.
Alex responded by saying “I am incredibly proud to have worn the purple, black and white of Terenure and cannot thank the players, staff and everyone I have met in the club enough for a truly unforgettable year.
It was just over a year ago when my roommate at the time and ex-‘Nure head Craig Trenier gave my number to Mark Hamilton (aka Hamo). Hamo picked up the phone to invite me down to the club for the end of year AGM and from the moment I arrived in Lakelands, I could not have felt more welcome. Each and every person I met, from seasoned current players to oldest Alickadoos, were so inviting that by the end of the night I felt like part of the furniture. My mind was made up by the morning and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Both on and off the pitch the club has gone above and beyond to help me in any way the could. Off the pitch, Tom Moloney and J1s coach Will Moore met with me numerous times and helped me put together a CV. Will then recommended me for an interview with Sherry Fitzgerald who I started working with in August in New Homes. I thoroughly enjoyed my 10 months in Sherry Fitzgerald and have made numerous friends, countless contacts and gained invaluable experience. Along with this, I had countless offers from new teammates offering to put me up while I was doing preseason or when I initially moved to Dublin until I found my feet.
On the pitch, the hard work and dedication put in from all the players and coaching staff was phenomenal, leaving us second in AIL 1A. The club gave me the platform to go out and test myself against the best club sides and club players in Ireland which lead to selection for the Ireland Clubs International Team, along with 4 other Terenure teammates. It was not long after these matches when the phone rang and negotiations with Ulster started.
It is difficult to put into words the environment around the club. From the ethos and comradery among the players to the warmth and community in the club as a whole, there is truly something special in Lakelands, and it is something me and my family are going to greatly miss. I may have only had one season in Lakelands but I have made friends and memories for life.
I wish each and everyone of you all the very best for the future and once again cannot thank you enough for a fantastic year in Dublin. It’s been an absolute pleasure”‘
Best of luck of luck Alex, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Lakelands soon!
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of two of members over the weekend. Eddie Thornton sr and Paul Milroy, both well known and well respected members and loyal servants of the Club, have sadly left us.
Our thoughts are with the Thornton and Milroy families at this sad time. Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anam.
Arrangements to follow.
Friends, the sun is setting on my Presidency, it has come full circle and now I must past the Blazer on.
Before I do so, I wish to express my appreciation to my exceptional wife Jean. It is simply not possible to do this role and dedicate the time and effort without someone there to support you, congratulate you and commiserate with you during a season.
To my main committee, guys, there is no “I” in team. We worked and performed as a team with great results, a sincere thank you. A number of you are stepping aside for a well-earned rest; Pat Jordan – Hon Sec, Brian Colgan – Chairman of Rugby, Mark Hamilton and the awesome Mags Maguire; our Club is indebted to you for your dedication and commitment. To our Chairman Michael Roche, I thank you also for your time and efforts over the last four years.
To the numerous Club Volunteers across every aspect of the Club, be they involved in rugby – Minis to Seniors, Club House, Grounds, Shop and Events, particularly our International U13s Festival – these are guys who work quietly and diligently behind the scenes and give unselfishly of their personal time for the greater good of the Club, a sincere thanks also!
To our Club Captain, Robbie Smyth, Robbie I was honoured to have you as Club Captain in my year. You represented our Club with pride and spirit, upheld our traditions and values and were an inspirational leader and you should be proud of what you and your squad achieved. Thank you. I also wish to thank James Blaney, Conor Gildea, Pete Shaw, Richie and Morley, Sean O’Mahony, Mick Smith, Mark Hamilton, Chris Byrne and Darren Holmes.
To the team captains, coaches and management of our 2nds, U20s, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, U17s and our very vibrant Minis – whose U11s delivered the 1st piece of silverware in my year. The U20s retained the Gerry Olin Memorial Trophy, our 1st XV brought the Mick Smyth Trophy home, my Carlsberg weekend of the U17s Shield, 5ths League and topped off by our 2nds winning the Metro Cup. Guys, a sincere thank you for some enjoyable and memorable rugby.
Congratulations and thanks to all players who donned the Purple, Black and White and represented our Club with honour, pride and spirit – I enjoyed the numerous games I watched and was always proud of your performance regardless of the result on the day.
To our Club sponsors and advertisers, clubs like Nure cannot provide the first class training and playing facilities without your generous support.
To our main sponsor BOC Gases, who have supported our Club for twenty years are now stepping back. On behalf of every member I wish to extend a heartfelt and sincere THANK YOU for your generosity and wish to assure you that you will always be welcome in Lakelands and we wish you every success for the future.
I wish to thank Lee our bar manager, who put in some year, not just in ensuring our glasses were full, but successfully running 3 major events, where we hosted 660 for lunch against Mary’s, 420 in the semi-final against Con and our hugely successful Under 13’s International festival and this is not to mention our sold out pre-match lunches, annual dinner, etc. etc. Lee, Noel, Owen, Laura, Philly, and the rest of your crew a sincere thank you.
Friends, I am humbled and honoured to have been your President. Your support, encouragement and assistance has made my year one I will never forget. I have had an awesome year both on and off the pitch and I will remain indebted to you all for according me the privilege.
President – 2017/2018
The season ended on a disappointing note in Donnybrook Energia Park last night, as the AIL champions Lansdowne proved too strong in the Leinster Senior Cup final. A second half blitz saw Lansdowne score 50 points against a Nure side that visibly tired as the match went on.
End of season fatigue, holidays and exam commitments took their toll on both sides, with both starting XVs bearing scant resemblance to the first choice sides that featured during the AIL, but that made little difference in the early stages. Both sides started at a frenetic pace on the 4G surface, with Nure making inroads into the Lansdowne defence. Building on a superior lineout, the Terenure pack laid foundations for plenty of phases, but after ten minutes they still had not fashioned a score. Lansdowne subsequently made their own advances, with Scott Deasy knocking over a simple penalty for the first score. Nure fought straight back, and after several minutes of pressure, lock Alex Thompson crashed over from close range, with Mark O’Neill adding the conversion.
O’Neill followed this with a long range penalty, before a sublime break from full back James O’Donoghue resulted in Harry Moore scoring under the posts. O’Neill added the extras, and despite much toing and froing, the half ended with Nure 17-3 to the good.
It was the cliched game of two halves, however, as Lansdowne emerged from the break a different side. Making several changes at the break, they added experience and pace to their ranks, as Nure suffered several injuries, resulting in a rejigged backline that simply couldn’t handle Lansdowne’s attack. An early try set the tone, and when Lansdowne scored straight from the kick off, the writing was on the wall. As Nure faded, Lansdowne showed their class, and scored try after try to streak out of sight. Despite a late Paddy Thornton salvo that offered hope, Lansdowne never really looked like losing once they hit the front, and were deserved winners of this venerable competition.
Best of luck to our own Oisín Heffernan, as he embarks on the next stage of his career by joining Nottingham Rugby. Oisín has been integral to our success in the AIL in recent seasons, and we have no doubt that he will be a great success in the English Championship.
We will all be watching on as Oisín forges his path in professional rugby, and look forward to welcoming him back to the terraces in Lakelands!