Yesterday some of Norman (Cola) Coleman's teammates travelled to celebrate his birthday, including Noel Kavanagh from Dublin.

An Honorary Life Member, there is a significant family connection with the club. His father Dicky captained Dolphin to a first Munster Senior Cup in 1921 and went on to become Club President in 1957/58. His older brother Dick was President in 1973/74.

Cola was a talented player who played many times for Munster, he played on the Munster team in January 1954 which ran the All Blacks close, a narrow 6-3 defeat.

From a club point of view he will always be remembered for his part in the Munster Cup winning side of 1955/56. John O'Meara was club captain and fellow international Gerald Reidy was vice captain, both were injured and missed out on the final. Cola who had been club captain two seasons previously took over as captain for the day.

It would not happen now, but Dolphin went through the campaign without scoring a try. They defeated Young Munster 12-6 in the semi final and Sunday's Well 3-0 in the final, thanks to the golden boot of Cola. Another brother Butch was also in the Senior squad that season.

He became the 3rd Coleman to serve as President in 1977-78.

Always a proud Dolphin man,a pleasure  to be with, Happy Birthday Cola, here's to many more.

Both Niall Scannell & John Quill played significant roles for their respective International sides on Saturday. 

Niall earned his 8th Irish International cap v Australia, the first Irish victory on Australian soil since 1979. Quilly , who is Eagle #435 has earned 27 caps for USA Eagles, the win over Scotland was the first one over a Tier One side in 94 years since their victory over France in the 1924 Olympic Games.

John Quill is playing for Glendale Raptors, the Colorado based team is  leading the Major League Rugby standings two weeks ahead of the MLR playoffs.having defeated the Seattle Seawolves at the weekend they remain undefeated. Unfortunately Quilly suffered a leg injury in the last moments of the game and will miss next week ends fixture v Canada.

The photograph was from the June 2017 fixture between Ireland & USA Eagles, a game where they both scored tries- Rory Scannell scoring 2 conversions. 

Last Friday The 42 published an article on Niall  Scannell but said Sat was going to be a very important day for RORY Scannell, to which Rory replied, it was, on a beach in Portugal.




"16 seasons of AIL rugby come to an end for the record-breaking Barry Keeshan today."


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End of Season Dinner/ Awards Night - Maryborough Hotel Sat 21st April 7.30pm

Why not bring your family and friends and join the players at their end of seaon dinner where there will be Team awards presented to Senior, Junior, Minor and U20 players. What has always been a great night should be the same with drinks reception on arrival, meal and dancing until late.Tickets can be purchased on the door on the night €40 per person or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place.

Dolphin Legend Dick O'Meara

Dolphin Legend Dick O'Meara was honoured at the Seniors Pre-match lunch on 25th November.

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of our great friend Dick O’Meara. Dick passed away peacefully at CUH on the 13th December surrounded by his family. We in Dolphin extend our sincere sympathies to Dick’s family at this very sad time while also giving thanks for the wonderful afternoon we had recently recognising the great service Dick gave to his beloved Dolphin RFC.

Dolphin RFC won't be the same without you Dick...

Weekend Fixtures 21st & 22nd April 2018


Sunday 22th April

U13 League Bowl Final

Dolphin RFC V Skibbereen RFC

Musgrave Park, 11.30 am kick off




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