Instonians Newsletter – Monday 7th Nov

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Recent results / events

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Mini Rugby

Last week away to CIYMS

This week P1 to P5 home to a blitz with Carrick and Academy

9am meet with 9:20 kick off

P6 on a trip to Dublin to watch Ireland v Fiji

P7 are now on a 4 week break for the GL and AQE.

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U12s

Last week off for ½ term

This week training at home Tuesday and Thursday

18:30 to 19:30

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U12s - Female

Last week off for ½ term

This week coaching sat at 9am to 10am

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U14s

Last week U14 won 45 -12 at home to Bangor

This week we host Donaghadee at Shaws Bridge at 11am

The writer decided to pop down to Shaws bridge to see at first hand this U14s squad.

A squad made up from players with little or no rugby background.

From various schools from all over Belfast.

All thanks to the Instonians outreach programme, driven by Michael Fairbanks.

Some players had only played a handful of matches.

What did I see?

I saw around 22/25 boys of various sizes, the tallest being over 6 foot – I was told his dad was 6 foot 8 inches!!

I saw a squad of young men under the guidance of 4 positive coaches, an enthusiastic manager and cheered on by supportive family & friends.

I watched a group of young men who had clearly been well coached: there was already structure to their play, great tackling, strong at the breakdown, good hands and an entertaining brand of 15 man rugby being played.

The subs were fully used and no matter what 15 were on the park, the style and standard remained the same.

One of the coaches was having his first go at Associate Ref and was extremely fair and excellent – well done James.

I had to keep reminding myself that these boys were all new to rugby.

They were a credit to their coaches, their parents, themselves and of course INSTONIANS – Rickety.

I will be back and can recommend to you all to do the same.

Well done to all involved.

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U16s

U16 combined team with Civil Service/Ards/Instonians.

Lost 42-0 to a strong Bangor side.

This week v Donaghadee 11am at Civil Service
This joint venture is getting players from all 3 clubs, great coaching and matches.

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U18s

U18’s continue their joint venture with Belfast Met.

Last week they had a great win at home to Clogher
This week they hope to host Portadown

Home matches played at Castlereagh

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U21s

No game last week
Game this wed 9th Nov when we host Ards U21s at 19.30pm kick off

Numbers building and squad is now training with 3rd XV on a Tuesday evening

All new players welcome

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3rd XV

3rd XV had no game last Saturday
This week host Malone 3rd XV at Shaw bridge

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2nd XV

2nd XV had bonus point win at Dungannon 2nd XV
Match report on club website:

Instonians - 2nd XV win 46-21 at Dungannon 2nd XV

This week no match.

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1st XV

1st XV have bonus point win 50-5 away to Sundays Well

Match report on club website:

http://www.instonians.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4271:1st-xv-win-50-5-at-sundays-well&catid=1:1st-xv&Itemid=14

This week 1st XV host Bruff 1st XV

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For adults team results and league tables go to Ulster Rugby & IRFU Website

Ulster Rugby | Ulster Rugby

1st XV – Ulster Rugby Premiership Division 2

2nd XV - League Table Ulster Rugby Provincial Premier Division 2

3rd XV - League Table Ulster Rugby Provincial East 1

Irish Rugby | League Tables

1st XV – Division 2C

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This week’s coaching

Who

Day

Time

Minis - Seahorses - Coaching

Sat

P1 to P5 home to a blitz with Carrick and Academy

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9am meet with 9:20 kick off

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P6 on a trip to Dublin to watch Ireland v Fiji

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P7 are now on a 4 week break for the GL and AQE.

U12s Coaching

Tues

6.30pm to 7.30pm

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Thurs

6.30pm to 7.30pm

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U12s Female - Coaching

Sat

9.00am to 10.00am

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U14s Coaching

Mon

6.15pm to 7.30pm

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Wed

6.15pm to 7.30pm

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U16s Coaching - at Civil Service

Wed

6.30pm to 8.00pm

(Now a combined Instonians & Civil Service team)

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U18s Coaching

Tues

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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U21s Coaching with 3rd XV

Tues

7.00pm to 8.30pm

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1st & 2nd XV Coaching

Tues

6.30pm extra: video

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6.55pm to 8.15pm coaching

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Thurs

6.30pm extras: kicking, lineouts, mauls

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6.55pm to 8.15pm coaching

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3rd XV Coaching

Tues

7.00pm to 8.15pm

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This week’s fixtures

Day

Time

Who

Sat

9.30am to 10.45am

P1 to P7 - away to CIYMS

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Meet there at 9.10am

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Sat

11am

U14s home to Donaghadee

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U16s/Civil Service/Ards home to Donaghadee

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U18s/Belfast Met home to Portadown

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(home matches played at Castlereagh)

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Wed

7.30pm

U21s home to Ards U21s

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Sat

2.30pm

1st XV - home to Bruff

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2nd XV - no game

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3rd XV - home to Malone 3rd XV

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Full domestic fixtures on Ulster Branch Website

Ulster Rugby | Ulster Rugby

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Other information:

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“No refs” mean “No matches!!”

Instonians are working on developing a group of 14 new Associate Referees.

James McFarlane as part of the clubs new “referee recruitment programme “completed his first affiliate game officiating the under 14s game v Bangor U14s.

Well done James.

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VOLUNTEER MARSHALS NEEDED FOR RUN IN THE DARK – 9th NOV

Hi

Every year in November in cities across the world, the ever popular ‘Run in the Dark’ event takes place.

Started by proud Instonian Mark Pollock, the purpose is to raise money to help fund research into a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal injury.

The Belfast event takes place next Wed 9th Nov between 18.30 and 22.00 at Stormont but is currently short of crucial volunteers to help marshal the course.

The organisers need at least 10 more volunteers and I thought who better than the Instonians family to help out.

If you are available, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and mark the email BELFAST along with your name and mobile number.

For the avoidance of doubt, this does not involve running but standing at points on the course and keeping runners safe!

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MINI RUGBY FAMILY CHRISTMAS LUNCH & PARTY

SUN 11TH DEC 2022

12 NOON

SHAWS BRIDGE

Hi everyone,

We’re delighted the Mini Rugby Christmas Lunch and Party is returning again this year.

This event is for the whole family and a great opportunity to socialise with other parents while the kids enjoy lots of entertainment and a visit from Santa.

For now the only ask is to save the date in your diaries.

Tickets will be available for sale in the club shop after half term.

More details to follow…..

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Club & Country Ballot – 3 weeks to go

Only 5 weeks to be in the draw with great prizes.

Instonians have won a prize 3 years in a row!!!

This year’s Your Club Your Country fundraiser is NOW DIGITAL to save the trees. 

ALL TICKET SALES GO DIRECTLY TO THE CLUB WHICH CONTINUES TO PROVIDE SOME THE BEST RUGBY PROGRAMMES ACROSS ALL AGES IN ULSTER.

Some great prizes on offer as you can see.

Social media feeds will be on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Website but if you all want to buy a few tickets and support the Club as well click the link in this message.

Many Thanks for your support.

Owen Lambert

President

Instonians RFC

https://app.galabid.com/ycyc22instoniansrfc/items/d8732c0e-0038-4e43-85ee-4ed7b8ad840d?backPath=ycyc22instoniansrfc%2Fregister

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INSTONIANS RFC – Pre Match Lunches at Shaws Bridge for 2022 / 23 Season

Date

Opposition

Theme

1st October

Tullamore

Back in the AIL

15th October

Bangor

"Club Rivalries"

12th November

Bruff

"Golden Oldies"

3rd December

Middleton

Instonians - One Club Three Sports

17th December

Belfast Harlequins

Club Lunch

14th January

Omagh

Celebrating Mini and Youth - The Future

28th January

Clonmel

Volunteers

25th February

Sundays Well

Family

4th March

Ballina

Folklore

1st April

Skerries

Fellowship

To book seats or tables, please contact:

Owen Lambert (Club President): 07808 262 467

Keith O’Donnell (Club Vice President): 07463 846 866

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1st XV Full Fixture List

1st XV Fixtures 2022-23

27-Aug

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Bangor (A)

Ulster Senior League - Div 2

Won

03-Sep

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Rainey (H)

Ulster Senior League - Div 2

Lost

10-Sep

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Dungannon (A)

Ulster Senior League - Div 2

Postponed

17-Sep

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Omagh (A)

Ulster Senior League - Div 2

Won

24-Sep

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Dungannon (A)

Ulster Senior League - Div 2

Won

01-Oct

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Tullamore (H)

AIL - 2C

Won

08-Oct

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Skerries (A)

AIL - 2C

Won

15-Oct

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Bangor (H)

AIL - 2C

Won

22-Oct

FREE

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29-Oct

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Ballina (A)

AIL - 2C

Won

05-Nov

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Sunday's Well (A)

AIL - 2C

Won

12-Nov

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Bruff (H)

AIL - 2C

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19-Nov

FREE

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26-Nov

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Clonmel (A)

AIL - 2C

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03-Dec

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Midleton (H)

AIL - 2C

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10-Dec

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Omagh (A)

AIL - 2C

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17-Dec

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Belfast Harlequins (H)

Ulster Senior League – Div 2

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24-Dec

FREE

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31-Dec

FREE

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2023

07-Jan

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Belfast Harlequins (H)

Ulster Senior Cup

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14-Jan

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Omagh (H)

AIL - 2C

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21-Jan

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Midleton (A)

AIL - 2C

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28-Jan

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Clonmel (H)

AIL - 2C

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04-Feb

FREE

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11-Feb

FREE

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18-Feb

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Bruff (A)

AIL - 2C

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25-Feb

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Sunday's Well (H)

AIL - 2C

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04-Mar

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Ballina (H)

AIL - 2C

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11-Mar

FREE

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18-Mar

FREE

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25-Mar

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Bangor (A)

AIL - 2C

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01-Apr

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Skerries (H)

AIL - 2C

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08-Apr

FREE

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15-Apr

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Tullamore (A)

AIL - 2C

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Full Fixture List

2022

1st Xv

2nd XV

3rd XV

Aug

20

F

Dromore (H) Won

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27

C2 1

Bangor (A) Won 63-12

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Sept

3

C2 2

Rainey OB (H) Lost 12-21

L

Ballymoney 2 (A) Won 14-7

L

Dungannon 3 (A) Lost 12-17

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10

C2 3

Dungannon (A) Won 45-19

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17

C2 4

Omagh (A) Won 26-15

L

Queen's University 3 (H) Won 24-14

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24

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R

L

City of Derry 2 (A) Won 24-11

L

Lisburn 2 (H) Won 43-7

Oct

1

AIL 1

Tullamore (H) Won 39-21

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L

Banbridge 4 (A) Won 24-12

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8

AIL 2

Skerries (A) Won 43-7

L

Enniskillen 2 (H) Won 62-0

L

Cooke 2 (A) Won 24-20

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15

AIL 3

Bangor (H) Won 26-20

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22

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L

Portadown 2 (H) Won 40-0

L

Ballynahinch 4 (A) Lost 23-52

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29

AIL 4

Ballina (A) Won 33-19

L

Bangor 2 (H) Walkover Win

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Nov

5

AIL 5

Sunday's Well (A) Won 50-5

L

Dungannon 2 (A) Won 46-21

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12

AIL 6

Bruff (H)

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L

Malone 3 (H)

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19

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26

AIL 7

Clonmel (A)

L

Ballymoney 2 (H)

L

Belfast Harlequins 3 (H)

Dec

3

AIL 8

Midleton (H)

L

Dungannon 2 (H)

L1

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10

AIL 9

Omagh (A)

L

Omagh 3 (H)

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17

C2 5

Belfast Harlequins (H)

L

Queen's University 3 (A)

L1

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24

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31

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2023

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Jan

7

S Cup 1

Belfast Harlequins (H)

L

Portadown 2 (A)

L3

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14

AIL 10

Omagh (H)

L

Bangor 2 (A)

F C 1

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21

AIL 11

Midleton (A)

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L4

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28

AIL 12

Clonmel (H)

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F C 2/P

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Feb

4

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McC C QF

CIYMS (A)

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11

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R

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R

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18

AIL 13

Bruff (A)

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F C QF/P

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25

AIL 14

Sunday's Well (H)

McC C SF

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Mar

4

AIL 15

Ballina (H)

L

Omagh 3 (A)

L5

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11

S Cup

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L6

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18

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R

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25

AIL 16

Bangor (A)

L

Enniskillen 2 (A)

F C SF/P

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Apr

1

AIL 17

Skerries (H)

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L 7

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8

S Cup

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F C F/P

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15

AIL 18

Tullamore (A)

L

City of Derry 2 (H)

L 8

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22

IL SF

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29

RPO

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May

6

AIL F

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