Friday, 18th March
Rugby Six Nations fans welcomed back to Wanderers
Visitors to this weekend’s England Ireland International at the Aviva Stadium will have a new venue to visit after the match. The famous Wanderers pavilion will be open again.
The idea is to preserve the Wanderers tradition at Lansdowne Rd. The club goes back to 1870 and many might remember the old pavilion inside the ground close to the pitch, described by rugby fans as the best bar in the world despite the crowds on match day.
The semi amateur part of the sport and spirit of rugby has been kept alive at the club, with a personal approach at the club, welcoming friends from Waterford, the south east and all parts of Ireland.
It will be a “Wanderers Welcome Venue” for people attending the Internationals from home and abroad and talk about the match after the game.
There was a great buzz there after the French game with Trevor Brennan making an appearance.
Wanderers has a strong tradition over the years with many Munster and Connaught people playing for the Club and it’s probably a tradition they are keen to maintain.
Robbie McGrath (Connaught) and Jerry Holland (Munster) are very prominent former Internationals who got their International caps from Wanderers and Anthony O’Leary, who was there at last International was member of various Irish Squads and a member of Munster squad that beat All Blacks, not to mention Ronnie Dawson of Ireland and Lions (Capt) fame, more recent Internationals like Irish Captain Philip Matthews, Kilkennymen Gary Halpin and Ronan Kearney, Limerickman Kelvin Leahy and Kerryman Willie Sexton, so the base is broad!
The Munster connection remains in that 2 of the last 3 Past Presidents of the Club are from Rockwell College – Aidan Deegan (Clare), Michael McAuley (Mayo) with Pat Curran coming along next season so links with Munster remain strong.
Wanderers FC remain in AIL Division 3 but they have a good young side to build on and great facilities in the Aviva and Merrion Road.
They like Waterpark are on the right road back, Wanderers are in the semi amateur rugby era for rugby and like many clubs, as Fergus Slattery stated in the Munster Express last week face many challenges like all Rugby Clubs today.