BUCCANEERS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB is currently enjoying heady heights in the Energia All-Ireland League but the club proved it is equally successful off the playing fields when their ‘Business Networking Lunch’ attracted a full house to Athlone’s Sheraton Hotel.

Despite a pandemic enforced three years absence from the midlands social calendar, the club’s winning formula with this event ensured that it sold out rapidly. Sports personalities were the key speakers on this occasion with former Kilkenny hurling manager BRIAN CODY and ex-Ireland rugby head coach EDDIE O’SULLIVAN being hugely attractive guests while LIAM TOLAND, another with a strong sporting profile, proved a witty MC and interviewer. The latter’s conversation with these two legends was enlightening, particularly in their respective approaches to coaching and player management.

Buccaneers RFC has tweaked the event year on year, with comedian/impersonator AIDAN TIERNEY proving a hit with the audience with his act which included (bravely) taking off among others Brian Cody who was sitting just a couple of feet from him! This followed a first-class meal and service provided by the Athlone Sheraton Hotel that ensured smooth running of the lunch.

The top drawer audience prize of two tickets for the upcoming Ireland v England Six Nations match (priceless if you could lay your hands on any!) plus two nights B&B and one dinner in Dublin’s Hyatt Centric Hotel was won by Mel McGerr.

Buccaneers RFC is immensely grateful for the contribution of our guests/entertainers and to Garrett McGuinness and his staff at the Sheraton Hotel for ensuring everything was top notch on the day. Thanks also to Wines Direct who sponsored the complimentary wine and to Tom O’Neill and Michael Silke for their input on the background loop. Finally, the club gratefully acknowledges the excellent turnout at the event for which our principal organisers Patrick O’Meara, Eamon Collins, Tom Meagher, Eamonn Fagan, Geraldine Kenny, Damien Phelan and Niall Quinn can take full credit.