Glanbia’s Sponsorship Manager Kieran O’Connor paid tribute to the trio and to those who had made their earliest mark in rugby through the schools competitions. Avonmore’s continued links with the tournaments was also welcomed by Munster schools chairman Damien Philpott.
Castletroy College, who madehistory in 2008 by being the “youngest” Munster school to win the double, have provided a new trophy for the junior tournament, the old cup being “retired” to the Munster Rugby Museum. It was offered and accepted by the Munster Branch as a memorial to the late Eamonn Mulcahy, a 32-year-old teacher at the school who trained the junior team that year. Mr Mulcahy died tragically last year.
Senior holders, Rockwell have been drawn a difficult opener against Glenstal while Crescent Comprehensive take on PBC.
Avonmore Senior Cup: Round 1: Midleton College v Ard Scoil Ris, Towns Park, Midleton (Jan 18).
Round 2: Castletroy v St Munchins, VTBC (January 31); CBC v Midleton or Ard Scoil Ris VTBC (February 1); PBC v Crescent College Comprehensive, Musgrave Park (February 1); Glenstal v Rockwell, VTBC (February 2).
Avonmore Junior Cup Round 1: St Clements v Castletroy, St Clements (Jan 25).
Round 2: Rockwell v St Clements or Castletroy, VTBC (February 7); Ard Scoil Ris v Glenstal, VTBC (February 7); Crescent College Comprehensive v PBC, VTBC (February 8); CBC v St Munchins, Musgrave Park (February 8).