Club Chairman

John Boyd

A past player and captain of the Club in the early 1970’s, John now lives in Saintfield Co. Down. He played for Campbell College, Ulster Schools and N.I.F.C. but his strong association with Trinity and Leinster rugby is reflected in his having played in four “Colours” and represented both the Combined Irish Universities XV and Leinster at U.19 and U.21 levels. After Trinity he completed a rugby scholarship at U.C.L.A., where he played for the inaugural USA Cougars but a severe knee injury originally suffered in a Colours match finished his playing career. He had some success as a trophy winning coach at Ballynahinch Rugby Club. He considers it his privilege to have been a player, captain, President and now Chairman of the Club – living out the club vision, “D.U.F.C. – a Club for Life”. A BESS graduate, after a career as a Chartered Accountant and in Banking John is now principal in PAX Commercial Mediation.

President (Ex officio)

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Colin Byrne

Colin (or “Collie” as he is known in rugby circles) played No.7 for D.U.F.C. in the late seventies. While allegedly the lightest No.7 ever to have played for the firsts, he played in 3 Colours Matches (victorious in all 3 due to the considerable skills of his team mates). Not always a favourite with referees (well he is after all a “graduate” of De La Salle College, Churchtown and rightly proud of the fact). Colin went on to play for Old Wesley. However, his roots and first love in rugby were always D.U.F.C. and he is now back in the fold after a long legal career in Arthur Cox.

 

Vice President

 

Aidan Walsh

Aidan played in Trinity from 1974 to 78 . He was a member of a useful Freshers team that included Springer (Donal), Mano ,Cecil Beamish and Fuzz Fuller. He toured in the USA with Willie Ryan’s team in 1977 and played mainly seconds rugby that season. Aidan became active again in Trinity rugby in 2009 after he was seen in college park supporting his sons Bill and Robbie.
Aidan has been treasurer since 2011 and is a Partner in PWC.

Finance Convenor

 

John Doddy

Sponsorship Convenor

Peter O’Connor

Peter (Pedro) has been an active member of DUFC since 1973 and was elected Vice President 1979 and served as President in the 1991/92 Season.
When actively involved in the club’s administration he has facilitated strategic change to enable the long term sustainability of D.U.F.C. He most recently developed the club’ sponsorship strategy and Ambassador programme for alumni engagement/re-engagement which are key strategic initiatives.
Pedro graduated with B.A Mod (N. Sc) TCD and later added the Diploma Strategic Marketing IMI

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John Boyd (acting)

Medical Convenor

David Fennelly

Dr. David Fennelly

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PRO

Karl Richardson

A student in Dublin University from 1995 to 1999, Karl played for Trinity and during this time obtained two colours appearances and also captained the club during the 1999 European Students Cup.
His professional career has stretched over 13 years across sports marketing, corporate communications and reputation management in Ireland.  A background in agency public relations, he worked with large consumer brands such as Diageo, Toyota and O2.
In 2004 he became the first ever Communications & Media Manager for the IRFU in 2004, where he developed the communications strategy for rugby to support the overall growth of the game.  This included the move into Croke Park, the opening of the new Aviva Stadium and the development of two strategic plans for the organisation across three world Cup cycles. He attended the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, where he directed media relations as part of the team management.
After a break from involvement with the club during his time with the IRFU, he rejoined the club as a Trustee in May 2014.  He is currently Head of Communications for the Rehab Group and plays a key role in the Executive Management Committee with responsibility for  developing o the Club’s communication channels and practices.

Honorary Secretary

Peter Gibson

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Leinster Branch Representative

Michael Coghlan

Educated at Gonzaga College in Dublin, Mick entered Trinity in 1969 and played for DUFC until he graduated in 1973 and then again for one further season in1975/6. He joined Bective Rangers FC in 1973 and, apart from the one season above, played for that club for the following ten years at every level between first XV and third B XV.
In 1985 Mick turned to coaching with DUFC thirds and continued as a coach for DUFC working with the Freshman and the 2nd XVs over the next five seasons.
Mick was elected President of DUFC for the season 1990/91. In 1992 he was appointed Hon. Sec. of the Club and served in that capacity for the following three years. During that period he also served as Manager of the first XV in conjunction with Roly Meates firstly and, after that, with Dermot Strong.

Since 2004, Mick has represented DUFC as its representative on the Leinster Branch Executive Committee. He has been a member of a variety of committees both within the Branch and the IRFU, currently sitting on the Branch Senior Clubs Committee. He has been Chair of Discipline in the Branch for the last six years and carries out disciplinary duties for the IRFU, the Guinness Pro 12, the 6 Nations and the IRB (now World Rugby).

Mick is now a Judge of the District Court and continues to live in Dublin. He feels that he has already enjoyed a full lifetime of rugby as a member of DUFC but has been stimulated by the energy and renewal in DUFC to continue to enjoy the “Club for life” experience.

IURU Representative

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Guy Johnston

Guy was the “Bag Man” to the 1976 John Robbie side which won Leinster Senior Cup, Colours, and Dudly Cup. His magic sponge revived many. Following this he was a “blind referee” for 10 years representing DUFC at the art. He is a past President of DUFC and represents the club on the Irish Universities IURU.. He ran a telecommunications consultancy practice for over 30 years advising many leading names. He is a keen offshore sailor, skier and golfer.

IURU Representative

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Eoin McBennett

Eoin played between 2001 and 2005 for Trinity Rugby. His playing highlights including winning the McCorry Cup and All Ireland league in 2003 with the under 20’s, touring with the college to America in September 2004 and being a member of the squad which retained division 1 status in the 2004/2005 season. Though not playing anymore, Eoin is still actively involved in the game and is Treasurer of the Irish University Rugby Union (IURU) and Honorary Secretary of Dublin University Football Club. He works as an Investment Manager with Quilter Cheviot in Dublin

Events Convenor

Pedro Ribeiro

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About Us

Dublin University Football Club is the oldest club in the world in continuous existence. Football, which may have come to Ireland from Britain, was originally a peasant pastime based on the parish or village. It was unregulated and violent, and fatal accidents occurred during matches with alarming frequency. One challenge between neighbouring villages in Co. Derry read, ‘for the Late Sleepers to come over on [a certain Sunday] and kick the Early Risers’ - See more

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