D.U.F.C. v Garryowen
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019
PAVILION, COLLEGE PARK
12.00 for 12.30pm
GUEST SPEAKER: Neil Francis
Neil Francis, currently a no holds barred rugby journalist with the Irish Independent had a long international career from 1987 to 1996 winning 36 caps for Ireland in the second row and number 8.
He played club for Blackrock College, London Irish and Old Belvedere as well as Leinster.
10 of his Irish caps were in World Cups so there is plenty of material for an a very interesting talk.
The “Barrington Lunch Series” is named in honour of Charles Burton Barrington who, while captain of D.U.F.C. 1867-70 was the driver that codified rugby as we know it today, as well as being the instigator of a meeting of clubs in in No 9 Front Square that started the process of setting up The Irish Football Union, the forerunner of the IRFU.
The colourful story of how Barrington, assisted by his club Secretary R.M. Wall, set up Dublin University Football Club, wrote the “D.U.F.C. Laws of Football” and set up the Irish Footb all Union, the precursor to the IRFU, are set out on our website (from Trevor West’s book “150 Years of Trinity Rugby”)
A more Limerick based reflection on Barrington’s legacy as “the father of Irish rugby” which draws on Trevor’s work can be found here: