Wanderers – Minis & Youths Starting Sunday 11th September

We welcome you all back to the club for the 2016/17 season:

Minis Rugby (U6 – U12) Season KO from 10.00 on Sunday 11th September

Youths Rugby (U13 – U18) Season KO from 11.15 on Sunday 11th September

Please remember to bring signed parental consent form with you!

Contact details – click here

Parent/guardian consent form click here

Membership Registration and payment

Tennant Cup – 2016 – report and photos

Mc Quaid Wins the Tennant Cup

26 Players teed up on 26th of August, in glorious conditions at the Hermitage Golf Club. The course was in fantastic condition, and the club provided a great BBQ meal afterwards.

We had a good turnout for the event allied by some guests from the Edinburgh Accies who were on a pre season tour. The early starters set the pace and proved impossible to catch with Ned Mc Quaid playing tournament winning golf.

We all had a great day out , catching up with old friends and sinking to odd putt.

A special thanks to Frank Murray who organised both the Tennant Cup and our Corporate Golf Day.

President’s Message


President’s Message – 2016/17

It is with great pride as President of Wanderers FC that I welcome all our members, friends, guests and visiting teams to Lansdowne Road and Merrion Road for what we hope will be a successful year for the club.

It is a great honour for me personally to be elected the 147th president of this great club, and to follow in the footsteps of my father Michael who was president in 1983/84. If I can represent the club to half the level of ‘Lord Hailsham’ it will be a job well done.  It seems a long time ago now, and many aspects of rugby have changed in the meantime, but the fundamentals of playing in a great team sport and forging lifelong friendships remains as strong as ever

As the club heads towards its 150th year, we must ensure that the legacy of the founders of the Club is secured, and the foundations for the next 150 years are firmly in place. To do this the club must face the challenges of the modern game, and create an environment where young people want to come and play rugby, and to continue to be members after their playing days as coaches, administrators, and alikadoo’s.

We are delighted to have achieved promotion to division 2B last season, and we are looking forward to the new challenges of the season ahead. To our Club Captain Eoghan Nihill, and his squad, Head Coach Greg Lynch and the Management team under David (Doc) O’Connor, I wish them all well for a successful season ahead.

The 1st Team squad are only one aspect of the Club, and I would like to wish the Captains, players, coaches and management of our Junior squad, Ladies, Under 20’s and Mini &Youths all the best for the season ahead. Our Junior squad are still on a high from their end of season tour to Berlin, whilst the Ladies go from strength to strength, and have become an integral part of the club.

I am delighted that Wanderers will be fielding an under 20 team this year, and a lot of credit must go to Jim Doddy and his team for their work at age grade rugby. I have been involved in coaching at mini & youths level in the Club for the past 7 years, and I see the great work first hand that is involved in developing young players, who will hopefully go on to represent the club at senior level in the future.

To all our sponsors we thank you once again for your generous support, and your contribution to various events throughout the season and our Club Programme. Our main sponsors are Pernod Ricard  through their brand Brancott Estate Wines and MSL Ballsbridge Motors, and their ongoing support is very much appreciated.  We would encourage our members and friends to be aware of our sponsors and support them where possible.

Without volunteers the Club could not exist, so to all our unsung heroes giving up their precious time to take on various roles in the Club and serve on committees, your time and effort is much appreciated. To Fergus Moriarty our Clubhouse Manager, and Nora and Sean in the Office, the Club could not function without your fantastic input and dedication.

As with all clubs, we can never have enough volunteers. As the saying goes ‘many hands make light work’, so if you would like to help out in some small way, your input would be greatly appreciated. My contact details are on the club website.

I look forward to seeing you throughout the season supporting our teams from senior to under age level.

Andrew Whelan

President Wanderers F.C. 2016/2017


Wanderers Women’s Rugby team are looking for new and experienced players


Wanderers Women’s Rugby team are looking for new and experienced players to join us as we go into our second full season as a team. Our players range in age from 18-35 and come from all over the world (Tanzania, Mexico, Germany and many more!). We train every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm in Wanderers FC on the Merrion Rd and the club is easily accessible by bus, dart or bike. If you would be interested in taking up a new sport and meeting new people, reach out to the team on social media or email wandererswomenrfc@gmail.com.

You can find us on the below social media:

Fri 23rd Sept – Cress-Marcott Cup

Cress-Marcott Trophy

Friday 23rd September 2016

Grange Golf Club, Rathfarnham, Tee Times from 2.00 pm.

The Cress-Marcott trophy ,first played for in 1912, remains one of the oldest golfing competitions that is still played for in Irish Rugby .

It is a Scotch Foursomes format open to all members of Wanderers and an excellent way to kick off the new season and meet new and old friend alike.

Tee Times are available from 2PM to 3.15PM and the cost for the day to include golf,Dinner and prizes is €50.

For more details or to book a Teetime please call Ned Mc Quaid 087-6043339

Fri 18th Nov – Wanderers Annual Business Lunch

 Guest Speaker : David Walsh – Chief Sports Writer, Sunday Times

Our Annual Business lunch takes place on Friday 18th of November in our Clubhouse at the Aviva Stadium (for full details please click here ).

We are delighted to have secured David Walsh, Chief Sports Writer at the Sunday Times as our key note speaker. David is a four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and a three-time UK Sportswriter of the Year and has written extensively about the challenges facing all sports, to ensure that their events are drug free, and participants can complete on a level playing field.

Places are limited for this event, so if you want to book a table or join a members table please contact.

The cost is €950 per table of 10

Kevin Mc Gowan – 086 6039870 or kevin@greymatters.ie

Michael Mc Auley – 086 2482162 or mcauleymick@gmail.com

Andrew Whelan – 086 8588600 or andrew@hrcompass.ie


Autumn Internationals – Ticket Application Form


Canada, Sat 12th Nov, New Zealand, Sat 19th Nov,

Australia, Sat 26th Nov 

Please click here to download  an application form for tickets for the Autumn International games. The Club have ordered a limited number of tickets for these games and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.   Please return your application form to the Club by the Friday, 26th August as the Leinster Branch IRFU are insisting that clubs pay for tickets in early September.

Your cooperation in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
George Stringer

Ticket Secretary