Birr RFC was first founded in 1887, the local newspaper reports on a rugby match in Chesterfield School (on the Banagher Road) between a Birr XV and a team from Galway Grammer School.
The club grew, disbanded and reformed in its early years, mainly as a result of both world wars. The current club reformed in 1963 and proceeded to win the Midland League in 1963-64 and has been in continuous existence since then, albeit without much competitive success at Senior level.
A thriving underage rugby culture has evolved in Birr RFRC under the guidance of a continuous stream of volunteer coaches and mentors over the intervening years. Leinster Provincial honours followed at Under 15 level in 1976-77 and at Under 17 level in ‘77-78. A significant number of former Birr underage rugby players have progressed to play at Senior and Schoolboy International, Inter-Provincial and Professional Club Level, Ireland Under 20’s, Under 19’s and various different successful School Cup Teams in recent years. Birr currently fields male teams at Senior (1 Team), Youths (5 Teams), Minis( 4 Teams) and Leprechauns (3 Teams).
The 2015-16 season saw the 1st introduction of Women’s Rugby in Birr and we currently field 2 Women’s teams at Under 15 and Under 18 level. We plan for Senior Women’s Rugby soon. We have a very strong community based philosophy and our training, playing and meeting facilities are regularly shared with other, often competing, local and national sports bodies.
Birr RRFC purchased our Moorpark Grounds, comprising of 4.5 acres in the centre of Birr Town in 1963, and a further 7.5 acres in 1975 approx 4km south of Birr off the N52 road in Ballyeigan. In 2000, following negotiations with the then Birr Town Council, and including an exchange of freehold and leasehold properties, Birr RFC acquired a long term lease on Council lands at Riverside. This site contains 2 state of the art full-size rugby pitches in the centre of Birr town. As BRFC grew, each of the 3 local hotels, in their time, provided changing facilities to the club. 1982 saw Birr RFC amalgamate with The Ormond Lawn Tennis Club to form The Moorpark Sports Club. A new clubhouse with meeting, changing and entertaining facilities was built, at a cost of over £150,000 with significant local fundraising, bank loans and the assistance of a Department of Education Sports Capital Grant and a Department of Labour Youth Employment Grant. Following the demise of The Ormond Lawn Tennis Club the club reverted to the Birr Rugby Club in ....XXXXCXC
Club assets now comprises of a clubhouse with full changing, catering and entertaining facilities, 4 full-size recently upgraded playing pitches, 1 floodlit for training purposes in Ballyeigan and another floodlit training area strategically located in the centre of Birr town.
The club prides itself on its rugby ethos of community involvement, respect for ourselves and all players, referees, coaches, visitors, neighbours and sportspeople of all codes. We particularly lay serious emphasis on and adhere to strict codes of conduct for all involved in our sport.
We are a proud club, we look back on our achievements with pride, and we look forward with a vision as to where we can go. Come, give Birr RFC a try, and be a part of our future together.