Mamie hopes to promote the game for women in Arklow
MAMIE QUIRKE is the fourth member of her family to be President of Arklow Rugby Club, following in the footsteps of her father and two brothers.
Indeed, her father was a founding member of the rugby club in the town.
She was the first woman to ever sit on the executive com- mittee of the club in the early 1990s and is the second female President, taking the role from Diane Hunt Byrne.
“I was very honoured to be asked to be president of the club. They’re a great bunch of people, the majority of the people in the club love the game and they love supporting the game. They love coaching the kids. We have a big women’s section and it’s going very well.
“It’s all very positive, I love being president of the club. I find it deepens my connection with the club. I’ve been going to rugby matches since I was about eight years of age but I feel a much deeper connection with the club this year.”
One thing that she did not expect coming into the club is the amount of money needed to keep it going.
“Fundraising is very difficult in the club. To run a club is really expensive.”
They have a number of initiatives and their latest fundraising event is a cooking demonstration by Kevin Dundon who is coming to the Arklow Bay Hotel on March 23rd.
The Amazons, the name of the senior ladies team, started back in 2010. For Mamie however women’s rugby didn’t start early enough.
“I would have loved to play rugby. I played one game when I was about 16, we played girls against the boys, a fun game. I played in a tag rugby tournament about eight years ago but, yeah, I would loved to have played.”
The women’s section is very active in the club and, like any club in any sport, are there in the background willing to do anything.
“They do so much to help out, if you need anything ask the women and they’ll do it. I’m not saying the men aren’t but the women are just brilliant. They’re doing very well in the league, they’re doing much better than the men this year.”
Looking towards the future, Mamie has one hope.
“I suppose it would be to secure more members so that we could have a first team and a second team. If we could promote the game of rugby for women in the town and show they how enjoyable it is and increase our membership that would be great.”