MITCHELSTOWN RUGBY STAR CREATES HISTORY
Mitchelstown rugby star Tom O’Callaghan made his own little bit of history last weekend when, as a squad member with the Bruff team that defeated Garryowen in the Munster Senior Cup by 23 points to 19, he became the first player from the town to capture such an honour. Bruff took control of the game and left Garryowen struggling to respond in front of a crowd of over 2,000 supporters at Thomond Park, Limerick.
“It was a day I won’t soon forget. History was made, not only for Bruff, but also for the supporters and everybody who helped the team over the years. It was a fantastic day,” Tom O’Callaghan told The Avondhu.
Tom, whose parents Pat and Mary O’Callaghan, run O’Callaghan’s Restaurant in Lower Cork Street, moved from Mitchelstown RFC two years ago.
“The move was a great opportunity and the support and encouragement I received from everybody at Bruff has made the move easier. Last Sunday was one of the best days of my life in rugby so far,” Tom continued.
While his training schedule could only be described as ‘intense’ Tom feels all the tough nights certainly paid off.
“We trained hard, from the beginning we wanted to make sure that Bruff was the fittest team in the league and now, with the winning of our first Munster Senior Cup, it has all paid off. We also have incredible supporters and they also deserve praise.
"I would like to thank everybody who sent text messages and called to wish us luck and to congratulate Bruff on the win. I must commend the home club, Mitchelstown RFC for all their support, and I would also like to thank my family for all their support and help,” Tom concluded.
Thursday 6th January 5:54pm