Maxol, Ireland’s leading family owned forecourt and convenience retailer, continues one of rugby’s longest commercial sponsorships with the Irish Universities Rugby Union (IURU). The Maxol IURU Rugby Festival is the largest third level rugby event in Ireland, and kicked off this year with the Conroy Cup on Saturday 20th at University College Cork (UCC).
In an exciting final, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) beat University College Dublin (UCD) to take home the Conroy Cup, which was inaugurated in 1988, and -named in honour of father and son “Judge" Conroy and Paddy Conroy, both past presidents of UCD RFC. The Conroy Cup is the men’s under 20s intervarsity rugby tournament and is considered by many to be one of the best non-professional rugby tournaments in the country. Six sides competed including the 2017/18 title holders Dublin University, who were seeking their fifth successive victory; Maynooth University; National University of Ireland, Galway; Queen’s University, Belfast; University College Dublin and hosts, University College Cork.
The Irish Universities Rugby Union (IURU) is the representative body for University Rugby Union in Ireland. The IURU and its member clubs are committed to enabling third level students to play rugby whilst enjoying their academic careers. The organisation is dedicated to helping all students to enjoy their game male and female, regardless of standard.
Siobhan Grimes, Head of Retail, The Maxol Group, said;
” At Maxol we strive to play an active role in supporting local communities and this sponsorship both has and will enable us to do that over the coming years. We have developed a special relationship with the Irish Universities Rugby Union and its members and are proud to be continuing our support of the growth of local sporting stars and the future success of Irish rugby. It was really rewarding to
watch the players perform to such a high level on the pitch at UCC.”
Trevor Ringland, President of the IURU said;
“The players are a credit to their universities and colleges. It’s very gratifying to see such dedication to the game. The IURU is nurturing the natural abilities of future Irish rugby players, whether for domestic games or at international level and it’s an honour and a pleasure to be involved with the best of our third level talent.”
The IURU was established in 1904 and currently consists of members University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, Queens University, NUI Maynooth, and
University of Coleraine. The Maxol IURU Rugby Festival continues Friday 16th of November with the Dudley Cup at Queens University, Belfast.