Well-known Roscommon town businessman, Aidan Farrell, is very involved in rugby in both Creggs and CBS. He is also on the executive of the Connacht Schools Rugby Branch and his four sons have represented Creggs and CBS at various levels…including Michael, who captained the school’s junior side in 2014, and current prop Tom.
Earlier this week, Aidan looked back on how he first became involved in the game in a county which has traditionally been considered a Gaelic football stronghold.
“CBS is my alma mater and a great man who is recently deceased, Gerry O’Dwyer, arrived from Navan with his family to work at Roscommon County Council and he came with rugby heritage.
“Creggs RFC was only in its infancy and Gerry started junior rugby and they dragged lads out from town to play. There was no ‘Green’ back then and we played up behind the Church in Kilbegnet. That was a team that won Connacht U-16 and U-18 cups.
“Before that, I can go back to when there was Community Games rugby in Barry Molloy’s field and current Cork City manager Johnny Caulfield played down by the castle in the early ‘70s. That was the first rugby I saw in Roscommon before Gerry O’Dwyer and Albert Looby Snr. started ferrying lads out to Creggs and coaching,” he said.
Next Wednesday, Roscommon CBS will be hoping to add yet another page of folklore to a story which began all those years ago on makeshift playing fields in Kilbegnet and Roscommon town.