It is a great honour to be entrusted with the presidency of Cork Constitution for the coming season and one that I am looking forward to with great enthusiasm. That said, given the impact the Coronavirus has had on our everyday lives, it’s a season laced with uncertainty and great challenges.
To that end I have no doubt all of our members, spread across a vibrant juvenile section, through the youths and into the adult arm of the club, will rally to the cause in order to provide meaningful rugby for all our players ranging from those taking their first steps in the game right through to the senior side.
Cork Constitution has a long and proud tradition across the rugby spectrum in Munster and Ireland and has contributed greatly to the fabric of the game in this country and beyond. We pride ourselves in the welcome afforded to all visitors to Temple Hill and given the reduced format of this season’s Energia All Ireland League, with less home fixtures, the arrival of all clubs from near and far will be welcomed even more enthusiastically.
Energia proved an outstanding new partner in their inaugural season as AIL sponsors in 2019/20, despite the complications imposed by the pandemic, and one hopes they get the support they deserve with the new initiatives introduced in a much changed fixtures calendar this time out.
Covid-19 has already had a significant financial impact on all sporting organisations and has served to highlight even more forcibly the vital role our sponsors play in keeping the club game alive in this country. To that end, we are extremely fortunate to have such a loyal and committed backer in Kearys Hyundai in a relationship that now enters it’s eight season. Likewise the juvenile section of the club has benefitted massively from the generous support we have received from Zurich over the past number of years and we are thrilled that they too have committed to supporting this key sector of the club once again.
Like all clubs, we are hugely dependent on volunteerism. Never has this been so evident as in the manner with which our members have put their hands up to cope with the necessary requirements placed on all clubs by our hardworking health authorities in order to keep everyone safe. In particular I would like to express my thanks for the incredible work carried out by our Covid safety officer Don O Riordan and his team of Compliance officers for their crucial work.
As a club we are so fortunate to be surrounded by such a strong cohort of excellent people who give their time and expertise so freely for nothing but the satisfaction of seeing the job done to the highest of standards.
Those standards continue to be set on the field of play, led so ably by our outstanding head coach Brian Hickey, inspirational club captain Niall Keneally, who leads the senior side for an unprecedented fifth season, and the cohort of excellent coaches that operate at all levels.
Whether you’re a player, coach, supporter or parent, I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to Temple Hill, and I look forward to an exciting, if somewhat different, season ahead.