News and Announcements

Youth Rugby Skills Clinic

Posted by Courtney Healey at Mar 19, 2012 6:23AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Interested in playing rugby? Are you between the ages of 5 and 17? The Ottawa Irish is looking for young players of all ages and skill level for our upcoming Rugby Skills Clinic on Saturday April 21st at the Super Dome. National team players and certified coaches will introduce and run players through a variety of skills and the fundamentals of rugby.

This is a CO-ED event so girls and boys are welcome to attend! A mini (flag/non contact) group for ages U6-U12 will begin at 9 am, and the Intermediate and High School group for ages U14-U18 will begin at 10 am. Rugby is one of the fastest growing team sports for kids and loved by all who play. We cannot wait to see you all at the Rugby Skills Clinic and meet the new star players of our club!

*For important information on registration and requirements please see the Rugby Skills Clinic flyer posted on this website or contact Courtney Healey the High School Liaison at

2012 Ottawa Irish St. Patrick's Day Run

Posted by Nigel Hearns at Mar 14, 2012 2:21PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Don’t forget that this coming Saturday, March 17th, is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Ottawa Irish Run!! We need everyone to attend to ensure the run is a raging success and raises the much needed funds to sustain our club through 2012-2013!!

If you are not already registered to run, you better be out volunteering to support the club! Otherwise it’ll be 100 burpees at next indoor practice for all absentees MIA……Be there early (8 am) and help do your part to ensure the race continues as a beacon for the OIRC to showcase our commitment to developing rugby in our city of Ottawa community!!


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Ottawa Irish Development News (March 13, 2012)

Posted by Brent Smith at Mar 13, 2012 3:30PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

High School Coaches

Coaching offers a rewarding opportunity for interested players to pass on the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired through their rugby careers.

Assisting with high school rugby programs is a great place to start and provides a chance for the Ottawa Irish to build and enhance our reputation as a club filled with leaders on and off the field.

We’ve received a request from Colonel By Secondary for a coach/coaches for their Junior Boys’ team. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity or in helping out at any other school team, please contact Courtney Healey, OIRC High School Liaison at chealey002(AT)

Upcoming Coaching Courses

April 14th – 15th, 2012 – Introduction to Competition

The Introduction to Competition two-day course is the first step towards certification as a qualified competitive coach in Canada’s. As described by Rugby Ontario: “This course is designed to give coaches working with competitive teams the tools to support their athletes. These tools include practice planning, role of the coach, analysing performance and many others.”

April 15th, 2012 – Community Initiation

One-day Community Initiation courses are aimed at community coaches working with non-contact Mini rugby players or with young players transitioning/being introduced to contact. More information can be found here.

Mini/Junior Clinic

The Ottawa Irish will be hosting back-to-back clinics for Mini rugby players (9am to 10am) and Junior players (10am to 12pm) at the Hornet’s Nest Park Superdome on April 21st, 2012. More details to come in upcoming weeks, but mark your calendar as this is an important day for club members to help recruit and develop future Irish stars.

Development Issues and Contact Information

For any and all questions and comments about development (playing/coaching/refereeing) within the Ottawa Irish please contact Brent Smith, OIRC VP Development at development(AT)

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IRB Level 1 Referee Course

Posted by Brent Smith at Mar 13, 2012 3:12PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

For all players who have had an interest in becoming a referee, on March 24, 2012 and April 29, 2012, the Eastern Ontario Rugby Referees Society will be conducting an IRB Level 1 Officiating Course in Ottawa.

This course offers you the opportunity to become a certified IRB Level 1 Match Official.

Please contact Andrew McMaster at or Nathan Abdelnour at in order to register or if you have any further questions.

With record breaking temperatures, spring is in the air and there’s no better time to sign up for the OIRC’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Run.

Online registration ends midnight on Sunday, March 11th, 2012.
There will be in-person registration during kit pick-up. Registration is unlimited, however we only order 800 shirts and they go to the first people registered, normally those who register online.

To register: