Kildare rugby lover honoured

NUIM Barnhall's Paul Deering, recently elected President of the IRFU Leinster branch.
LEIXLIP rugby fan and volunteer administrator, Paul Deering, has been congratulated on his election as President of the Irish Rugby Football Union’s Leinster branch.

LEIXLIP rugby fan and volunteer administrator, Paul Deering, has been congratulated on his election as President of the Irish Rugby Football Union’s Leinster branch.

The high profile role in the rugby world comes after years with NUIM Barnhall in north Kildare since 1979 and fifteen years as the club’s Leinster branch delegate, where he volunteers with John Walsh of Naas among others.

Best wishes in his role were sent from the County Council: “It is an honour for the club and Kildare,” said fellow NUIM Barnhall member, Cllr. Anthony Larkin.

Born in Strandhills, Sligo, Paul (70) was Barnhall president for two years in 1995-97. He went to school in De La Salle College, Churchstown. “I was a bad rugby player but I loved the game,” said Paul, a very outgoing individual, who lives in Ryevale Lawns.

He left rugby for drumming in The Cyclones band from 1960-66.

Now retired from work, his focus will be on club rugby in Leinster 74 clubs and 122 schools. He will look out for over 70 professional staff and thousands of club volunteers.

In 1979 he joined Barnhall and coached/administered at many levels taking credit for bringing Trevor Brennan and some of his pals in Leixlip to the club. He and his wife, Joyce, have four children, Andrew, Sandra, Claire and Jill and six grandchildren.

On alcohol company sponsorship of rugby, he said: “Unless the government can match the money from companies, where will it come from. I don’t believe it is contributing to underage drinking. Would others, online gambling companies, step into the breach,” he asks.

- Henry Bauress