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Pictured at Moyola Golf Club at the launch of the 2020 Rainey Golf Classic are Club President Dylan Davies, 1st XV backs coach Ian McKinley, Chairman Steven Rutledge and Director of Rugby Brian Smyth,

Will someone get a hole in 1 and drive away in a new car sponsored by JC Halliday & Sons?

The golf classic will take place next Friday, 11th September, and we thank all of our sponsors and those who have taken a 4-ball for their support of the event.

See you at the 19th hole!  FORE!

As Rainey Old Boys look forward  to a return to action on Saturday week, they have made an interesting, indeed remarkable addition to their coaching team.  Dubliner Ian McKinley showed tremendous fortitude to make a comeback from a serious injury and become an Italian international.  Though only 30 years old, he is now looking to make an impact as a coach, having developed a great interest in this aspect of the game during his time in Italy.

The IRFU confirmed the conclusion of the 2019/20 domestic season in all provinces with immediate effect on 19 March – including the cessation of Clubhouse Operations, including bars and function rooms within rugby clubs, in-line with government advice on social distancing.

Following on from this, the IRFU has published a summary roadmap for a return to rugby in clubs. This includes the announcement on 11 June that the IRFU has added a ‘Competition Stage’ to their Return To Rugby Guidelines For Clubs to allow clubs to plan and work towards the start of the 2020/21 season and the playing of rugby matches.

 

For further information

 

Ulster Rugby: Covid-19 - Guidance For Clubs


ROBRFC - Return To Rugby - Health & Safety Plan

Members of Rainey OB RFC were greatly saddened to learn of the passing of former Club President Billy Hatrick.

 

Billy was a great benefactor to the Club and from 1953 he generously permitted the previously nomadic Rainey OB Club to use his ‘ fields’ throughout the season. No formal lease was signed, but a gentleman’s agreement was reached, whereby the Hatrick sheep would be removed from the fields from July 12th to permit pitch preparation and pre-season training to begin.

 

The Club moved to the current playing fields at Meadowbank in 1995, and as a result of the long association with the club, the grounds were named Hatrick Park. The eponymous Billy was further honoured in 2010 when he was delighted to be chosen as Club President. He carried out the role with great pride, dignity and enthusiasm, travelling throughout Ireland in support of the club in their AIL fixtures, and he continued to attend the pre-match lunches at Rainey.

 

In 2010 he travelled with a group of companions from Rainey to follow the Irish team on their tour of New Zealand and Australia.

 

His great friend and travelling companion William Paul stated ‘He made every day count

 

May he rest in peace.

 

Our thoughts are with his wife Martha, brother Joe, son Andrew and daughter Rosemary.

All at Rainey Old Boys RFC were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of club stalwart, Johnny McFalone.
 

Johnny was a long time supporter of Rainey Old Boys for over 6 decades,was the social secretary at the club for more than 10 years, and followed in the footsteps of his late wife, Janet, who was the chair of the Ladies Committee within the club for many years.
 

Johnny travelled to all corners of Ireland supporting Rainey; from defeats in the rain in the early 90s in Strabane, Donaghadee and Ballymoney, to victories in the sun in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Dublin in recent years. He has been an ever present supporter during the club's good days and bad; Hatrick Park will be a lesser place in his absence.

 

His family; daughter Katy, son-in-law Chris, grandchildren Cein, Flynn and Anna. were the core of Johnny’s life, whilst Rainey Old Boys and Man Utd were also integral parts. Thankfully, in recent years, Rainey were able to give him something to celebrate when Man Utd couldn’t!

 

Our thoughts are with Katy, Chris, Cein, Flynn and Anna as well as the wider family circle at this very sad time.