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Megannety Forward Passes To O’Beirne

Press release from young Niall Savage at Greystones Rugby Club, issued on Wednesday, September 16th 2020…

Two worthy men exchanged the honour of the Presidency of Greystones Rugby Club on Tuesday evening as local medical guru Victor Megannety passed the baton and tie to local solicitor Barry O’Beirne.

Victor deserved a better year for his much-anticipated presidency. An all-action back row in his youth, he wore the Green and White with great distinction as a first-time player in a time when it was not unusual to have ten internationals gracing the hallowed turf of Dr. Hickey Park. To be fair, he wasn’t shy about telling us of his abilities and many of his pre-match lunch yarns centred around his contributions (some real, some embellished) against that day’s opponents. His transition to Youths coach was and remains seamless, and Victor has developed some outstanding young players who have gone on to represent our first team – not least his won son Neil, who is on the brink of his own first team breakthrough, despite still being in his teens. On handing over, Victor consoled himself with the fact that he will forever be known as the Covid president.

Taking on the presidency in this difficult time, Barry O’Beirne thanked Victor, acknowledging the importance of the role, but at the same time the trifling nature of these matters in the context of the pandemic. Barry was not quite as celebrated as Victor by his own admission, and common consensus of the virtual and physical attendees. He would however rival his predecessor in coaching success, guiding of the current golden generation of GRFC talent spearheaded by current Captain Killian Marmion through the Youths.

Barry outlined that his presidency would be about rugby as an enjoyment, about having some fun making some friends – which is particularly important in the current climate.