President, Vice President and Club Officers 2015/16


President
Roger Brownlee

Roger Brownlee

Roger is back in Trinity studying and back with DUFC. After taking a Business degree in the 60’s he played his rugby with Torquay Athletic RFC and then at Wanderers F.C. in Dublin.
Now nicely retired after spending his business life in Consumer Electronics and Cable TV industries.
Past Master of the Knights of the Campanile, the University’s premier sporting society.
“Last season’s rugby in D.U.F.C. was quite something, it was our most successful one for many a long year. Silverware galore: Colours Trophy; Dudley Cup; J.P. Fanagan League; Conroy Cup; McSharry Cup; and, of course, promotion to Division 1A of the AIL (All Ireland League).
Let’s go for it again this season.”

Vice President

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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. 

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 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 maxim, “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.

Honorary Treasurer

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.
Honorary Secretary

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
Honorary Medical Officer

Gerry Kearns

Gerry graduated from Trinity in Dentistry in 1980 and in Medicine in 1989. He is a Consultant Surgeon at St James Hospital and Crumlin Childrens Hospital Dublin and is the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to the IRFU.
He played rugby in DUFC during the mid and late 1970’s and subsequently in Clontarf during the 1980’s. He continues to actively recruit players from DUFC for the Parish !!
Director of Rugby & Honorary Fixtures Secretary

Tony Smeeth

Born in England. Tony played his Rugby at St. Mary’s Puddletown, Puddletown RFC, Exeter RFC and County rugby at all levels with Dorset and Wiltshire including English schoolboy trials .
This is Tony’s 16th season with DUFC. He came to the club in 1998 following three years as Senior Coach at Blackrock College RFC.

Previously Tony lived and coached in Seattle, USA for ten years. While in the USA, Tony founded the USA U19s program in 1992 whom he coached on 8 tours to New Zealand /Australia. He also took the USA U19s to their first ever FIRA U19s championships back in 1998 in Toulouse, the same competition that Ireland won with Brian O’Driscoll. That same year he stepped in at the last minute and coached the Irish Women’s XV in the Women’s World Cup in Amsterdam.

In 2010 Tony coached Leinster U19s to an undefeated inter-provincial championship. He has also coached Irish Universities on several occasions over the past 15 years.

In 2012-13 Tony was the USA Senior Eagles Backs and Attack coach – coaching in 13 test matches including a narrow loss to Ireland in Houston Texas 15-12. He had another season with the Senior Eagles in 2006 coaching six games.

Tony has coached at Willow Park School and Blackrock College School for the past 19 years.
He is an IRFU Level 3, stage 5 IRB qualified coach, the highest
coaching qualification an Irish coach can achieve.

He has been  married to Catherine for ten years, and they have a four year old daughter, Eabha.

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.

IRFU Committee Representative

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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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