U.S. Morris Rugby January Trip to Castleisland Postponed

Morris Masters scrum-half, John Sutherland expertly feeding his line with back-up from Joesph Ohm and Mike Ryan as Castleisland AFC’s Edward Horgan, Brian Fleming and Declan Smith smell the danger during the eighth annual challenge between the teams at The Crageens. ©Photograph: John Reidy 17-1-2020
The Social Side in Panorama: Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery by tour organiser, Seamus Brosnan during the second visit of the New Jersey based Morris Rugby Corporation on January 17-2014.

New Jersey based Castleisland native, Seamus Brosnan sent news last week of the decision taken by him and his Morris Rugby Corporation team-mates that their 2022 trip to Castleisland has been postponed for now.

The trip which had been undertaken on an annual basis by the US based Munster Rugby supporters from 2013 up to last year when it was halted by the pandemic.

“Unfortunately with all the COVID-19 restrictions, including reduced capacity at Thomond Park, we no longer have tickets for the Munster v Wasps game and have to postpone our annual pilgrimage to Castleisland/Thomond Park to the April/May time-frame,” said Seamus.

Looking Forward to Trip

“I have 50 very disappointed people here in NJ.  We will be in contact later once we know what game we can secure tickets for and we can make arrangements from there. 

“We look forward to another trip and hopefully a good old boys game, a few pints, and Irish music in Castleisland in a few months assuming COVID-19 doesn’t get in the way again,” he said.

Morris Rugby Football Club

In recent years members of the touring party have provided a guard of honour for their beloved Munster side at Thomond Park.
The Morris Rugby Football Club was founded in September 1977. Many of the early members were solicited from the local colleges as well as many local Morris corporations. Joining the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union in 1978, Morris has grown to a size of 50+ players, an Old Boys team and a women’s team.

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