Mamie hopes to pro­mote the

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.”

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