Executive Management Committee

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Executive Management Committee2021-08-26T15:05:38+00:00

Club Chairman

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

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 retired bar a couple of Director Roles.

President (Ex officio)

John Sexton

Johnny is a past player and captain (1986/87) of DUFC from the 1980s where he played in a stellar backline which included Paul Clinch, Brendan Mullin and Fergus Dunlea. His teams were coached by Roly Meates and played a style of rugby that was open and exciting for both the players and supporters. He believes DUFC affords the opportunity for elite and junior players to develop and grow as rugby players, and people, while creating life-long friendships.

Johnny studied Mechanical Engineering and extended his stay in college through undertaking a post-graduate research project. He was educated at Moyle Park College, a non-rugby playing school, and represented Leinster U20s, Irish Universities, Leinster and won his first Irish international cap while in Trinity. Following college, he joined Lansdowne FC  where he won 3 further international caps, won 2 Leinster Senior Cups and was club Captain in 1993/94.

Johnny spent 30 years in IT Consulting mainly in enterprise selling, sales management, business leadership and culture change. His experience was with both multinational organisations and smaller businesses where he was both a director and shareholder. He currently runs his own consulting business, Safrec Performance, and is married with 3 adult children.

Vice President

John Coulter

John attended Trinity College Dublin between 1979 and 1983, graduating with BA (Legal Science).  While playing with DUFC, John captained the Freshman team, toured Japan in !981, and got his colours in 1982 and 1983.  He was also Treasurer of DUFC in the 1982/83 season.

In 1984 and 1985, John attended UCD, where he gained a Master in Business Studies. For the sake of complete disclosure, John played for UCD in the 1984/85 season and ‘luckily’ injured himself the week before the 1984 Colours match, avoiding an almost certain ‘injury’, if not more serious harm to his person, had he played for UCD in that Colours Match!
On leaving University, John moved London and spent most of his subsequent 30 year career in Banking working for JP Morgan in London, New York and the last 15 years in South Africa.
John and family, returned to Ireland in 2015, after 30 years living abroad, and he now has investments in a couple of businesses and he sits on the board as a non executive director for a number of companies.
John is married to Frances, herself a graduate of Dublin University, and they have 4 children, all of whom have also successfully emerged from four fun filled years, as graduates of Trinity College Dublin.

Finance Convenor

Doddy - Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

John Doddy

Bio in preparation…

Sponsorship Convenor


To be filled...


Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Cameron McCrum

Bio in preparation...

Medical Convenor

Dr. Matthew Crockett

To follow.....


Kay Bowen

To follow...

Honorary Secretary

Gibson - Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Peter Gibson

Peter played in the back-row for DUFC in the early 1970’s and between training sessions attended lectures for an Engineering degree. His work as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager has taken him the length and breadth of Ireland and to East Africa. On leaving college he played for Ballina RFC and represented Connaught A. A spell with Wanderers FC followed where he was a regular 1st XV member with other Trinity stalwarts Mick Fitzpatrick, Brendan Hyland and Val Cosgrave. Peter always maintained contact with DUFC and served as team manager in the 1990’s and Club President in 1998/99. He is the older brother of Michael, a former DUFC captain and Irish International in the 1970’s. He now has more time and is happy to be back as Hon Sec exemplifying the DUFC adage “a Club for Life”.

Leinster Branch Representative & IRFU Committee

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

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

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

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

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

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 - Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Pedro Ribeiro

Pedro Ribeiro has over forty years of successful senior management experience in the hospitality, leisure and transport sectors ranging from Jury’s Hotel Group, the Irish Tourist Board, Stena Line, CityJet to Club Management. A native of Lisbon, Portugal he came to Ireland in the mid sixties and played rugby in Trinity and Co. Carlow Football Club where at 18 years of age was on their first senior South East Cup winning team. He also played in their Towns Cup Teams, winning a seconds cup medal in their Centenary Year. After his Trinity and Carlow rugby days he played for Monkstown and Old Wesley where he won a junior medal , coached and served on their Executive Committee as their P.R.O. During his College Days, between 1968 & 1973, apart from being an active playing member of D.U.F.C and Trinity Soccer club, Pedro Ribeiro was elected to the S.R.C. where he served as Education Officer. He was also elected on to the first Student/Staff Capitation Committee. Pedro Ribeiro was Entertainments Officer of D.U.F.C for a year during which he had responsibility for the usage of the Pavilion and other college facilities for social activities which also included the Annual Colours Ball in Leopardstown. In 1973 he organised the first ever Inter Varsity Sevens in College Park and as a result the club generated sufficient funds to bring three Trinity teams on tour to Scotland. During that year he also coached the first ever Trinity Women’s Rugby team in a Colours match played in College Park. Pedro Ribeiro is delighted to be back in the D.U.F.C. fold as Events Convenor proving once again that Trinity Rugby is a “Club for Life”.