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Our Men’s 1s and 2s play in the Leinster League. Training is at 7.30pm sharp on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Our Men’s 3s play in the Metro League and is made of up of older players and players new to the game. They usually train one night a week and play on Saturdays.

Our Legends team, consisting of retired players, plays two to three games a year mostly against touring opposition.

Our Men’s also play on the Summer 7s circuit, taking in competitions in Kinsale, Kilkenny, Athlone and Tullamore, amongst others, as well as playing in tournaments overseas such as Bournemouth.

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Railway has given me everything the solicitor, the accountant, the painter,the carpenter, the insurance broker, the cleaners, the pension advisor, the business colleague, the doctor but better known to me as Del, Chalky, Reedy, the Cob, the Rob, the Scoot, AAAido, Ryaner, Red Dog and the Tank Commander......friends for life.

Ed MartinPlayer

I honestly don’t know what my life would look like if I’d never made the walk down the lane into Railway Union almost 15 years ago. I’ve made lifelong friends, toured South Africa, played rugby in the US and Canada and met people from all over the world; New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and even Limerick.

It’s a fantastic club with great members and I’d recommend it to anyone no matter your level of experience or age. There’s always a warm welcome in Railway no matter who you are or where you’re from. I don’t think I know of another rugby club in the country that has managed to have a one club ethos across all teams whether it’s the 1st XV or the Legends, Men’s teams  or Women’s. Railway represents everything that I love about rugby and I hope to keep pulling on the jersey for as long as they’ll let me.

Jonathan FordePlayer

Our Women’s 1s play in All Ireland League Division 1, whilst our Women’s 1s play in Leinster League Division 1. Training is at 7pm sharp on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We specialize in Women’s 7s, running a Summer 7s Academy. We play on the Summer 7s circuit, taking in competitions in Kinsale, Kilkenny, Athlone and Tullamore, amongst others, as well as playing in tournaments overseas.

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For me club is family and I've been blessed since becoming a member of this family. Without their patience and support I wouldn't have had the opportunities that I've had to represent not only Railway Union, on a club level but also as a Railway Union representative as a Leinster player and as an Irish International. They are also one or if not the front runner in leading the way to promoting the women's game but their own female athletes and again for the backing and support we've been extremely lucky to have our club behind us. I've also been very lucky that this club experience is not solely about the rugby as I've been blessed with meeting new and amazing friends who are slightly unfortunate as they won't get rid of me for a long time to come. Thank you Railway.

LindsayPlayer

Railway is family. Railway is my Irish family. Railway is my home away from home - on and off the field. I'm incredibly privileged and grateful to be a part of a club that values and supports women's rugby and the success that comes with it, whether it be international, national or club. As a member who joined purely for the craic, I've been completely overwhelmed by the support I've received since trying the game a few years ago. I've formed great friendships, meet some incredible people and am proud to call Railway my home.

MegPlayer

Railway to me is a family away from home. People I can rely on to cheer me up if I need it, to motivate and push me and help me in any way they can. I have made lifelong friends, friendships that will live on way beyond my rugby years. And for the club itself, I have never been part of a club that supports it's players so much, And will back us through everything that we do. To be a part of railway makes me incredibly proud.

NikkiPlayer

Our Girls U18, U16 and U14 train on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm.

Our Girls U8, U10 and U12 train on Sunday at 10am.

Our focus at age-grade girls is tag rugby, touch rugby and 7s rugby.

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We run a girls’ schools programme during the school year that involves a structured programme of coaching and culminates in a tournament for the participating schools, participation in a Leinster or IRFU GX7s tournament, or an internal school tournament.

There are programmes at all levels, including primary and secondary from 1st to 6th year. The coaching incorporates tag, touch and 7s rugby.

Railway provides coaching that can be hosted at your school at a time and day of your choosing. Alternatively, for schools with limited facilities, we can host training at our grounds in Sandymount.

All Railway coaches are appropriately accredited and garda-vetted

The coaching level and programme is of the highest quality and as well as engendering a love of rugby and sport amongst girls, has produced numerous schools 7s internationals and full Ireland 7s internationals.

Where you have existing rugby coaches, we can provide the programme to them.

We host additional ‘open sessions’ set days at Railway for girls participating in the programme where we can work on individual skills with them

Requirements from the School

We would require a ‘champion’ within the schools to promote the programme amongst the girls and be present at the training. This would ideally be a teacher or existing sports coach

Railway would assist in the promotion by providing posters and other promotional material

The school ‘champion’ would also be present on the day of the tournament to manage the school team

Benefits to the School and Your Pupils

This can complement your existing sports programme by offering equal opportunities to girls in your school to play rugby and help in increasing female participation in sports

It can aid the school in achieving their Active School Flag status

This program will provide another opportunity for the girls in your school to become more active. Being involved with rugby will not only develop your pupils’ fitness, but will also help to develop communication skills, leadership skills, the ability to focus and many more life skills

All sessions are designed to have full participation by pupils in a fun, safe environment

Our goal is to introduce the opportunity of sampling rugby to as many young people as possible. We do so in a professional manner with the player’s enjoyment and interaction at the core of all our sessions

For further information, please email us at girlsrugby@railwayunionrfc.com

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The Legends is Railway’s Over 35s side, made up mostly of retired members who get together two to three times a year to play a game mostly against touring opposition and often around the Irish international games. These are great occasions where old friends catch up and tell tall tales !

The Legends don’t train, nor do they need to !

For further information, please contact us.

If you have played for Railway and you want to be reconnect with the club as a Railway Legend, please contact us at info@railwayunionrfc.com and we’ll be in touch with you.

Play Against The Legends

If your team is coming to Dublin and would like to play the Railway Legends, we can offer you:

  • Training facilities (if required)
  • A competitive and fun game against a team of similar age profile and ability
  • Changing rooms and showers
  • Organised referee
  • Bar and food
  • A hell of a party !

Railway Union is ten minutes from the Aviva stadium and from the RDS.

Coaches & Management

Men's
John Cronin
John Cronin
Director Of Rugby
Mike South
Mike South
Men's Head Coach
Leon Nangle
Leon Nangle
M1s Assistant Coach
Niall Kerby
Niall Kerby
Assistant Coach M1s
Joey Redmond
Joey Redmond
Club Scrum Coach
Blaise Kenny
Blaise Kenny
Women's 2s Head Coach
Jamie Martin-Grace
Jamie Martin-Grace
Head Coach - M2s
Karl Cooke
Karl Cooke
Team Manager - M2s
Nessan O’Donovan
Nessan O’Donovan
Forwards Coach - M2s
Paul Handley
Paul Handley
Head Coach - Men's 3s
Ross Sheridan
Ross Sheridan
Men's 3s Assistant Coach
Ken Murray
Ken Murray
Men's 3s Manager
Neal Collins
Neal Collins
M1s Manager
Emma Murphy
Emma Murphy
Age-grade Coach
Women's
John Cronin
John Cronin
Director Of Rugby
Andrew Adams
Andrew Adams
Women's 1s Assistant Coach
Patrick Noonan
Patrick Noonan
Manager - W1s 
Blaise Kenny
Blaise Kenny
Women's 2s Head Coach
Judith Cleary
Judith Cleary
Assistant Coach - W2s
Age-Grade
Juliette Short
Juliette Short
Director Of Age-Grade Rugby
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