News and Announcements


Two of our OIRC junior girls returned recently to Ottawa having made spectacular performances for the Team Ontario Squad at the Rugby Canada’s national rugby festival. Big congratulations to both Catherine Belanger and Ingrid Krausbar, who were two of EORU’s top players to represent Ontario at the festival. Well done ladies!!

- Nigel Hearns, President

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FRQ 2013 Div 1 Championship:
OIRC 48 – Bytown Blues 20
OIRC 33 – Parc Olympique 0 (nil)

Massive congratulations to both OIRC senior men’s squads for winning the 2013 FRQ Div 1 and Div 1 Reserve championships!! With two incredibly spectacular triumphs over the Blues and Parc-O, the Irish men returned to Ottawa the undisputed champions of the league for 2013! Both teams put forth their utmost best performance and laid out thrillers for the fans to watch. What a brilliant way to close off the summer league season, after also having won promotion to the FRQ Superleague for 2014!! Well done fellas!! You have done the Ottawa Irish proud and brought our senior men’s team back to the glory that it deserves. Hats off to all!

Man of the match:
Div 1: Conor Mangan
Reserve: Carl Aupont

Coach’s honourable mentions (for leadership):
Chris Seyler and Mike Dunning

- Nigel Hearns, President OIRC


“Tremendous congratulations to our Ottawa Irish junior girls for winning the 2013 EORU U18 championship and winning bronze at the all-Ontario Provincial finals!! Well done ladies! We are proud of you!!”
-Nigel Hearns, President, OIRC

On a hot and sunny Sunday (Aug 18) at Twin Elm Rugby Park, our junior girls went on to defeat their opponents in spectacular fashion, to take the EORU 2013 U18 Championship title! The girls played relentless and stunning rugby, to dominate their opponents with two grand wins:

semi-final: Ottawa Irish (17) vs Kingston (0)
final: Ottawa Irish (19) vs Brockville (7)

Outstanding Irish players on the day were Pam Buisa, Ingrid Krausbar, Jessica Joubarne, and Erin McCallan.

Following their EORU victory, the girls continued on to play in the all-Ontario ORU Provincials in Toronto on Sunday Aug 25th. The girls fought hard, holding their opponents to a narrow margin on the scoreboard. Although a defense force to be reckoned with, our girls narrowly lost to the other Ontario top teams, but still came home with the bronze medal for their valiant effort:

game#1: Peterborough (5) vs Highland (0)
game#2: Highland (22) vs Irish (20)
game#3: Peterborough (10) vs Irish (5)

Irish outstanding players on the day were Pam Buisa, Ingrid Krausbar, Renee Hoyt, and Erin McCallan.

Congratulations again to all our OIRC junior girls for a thrilling season! And a big thank to all our jr girl coaching and support staff, who made this a memorable season for the girls. Especial big thank you to head coach Bill Foster who lead our girls to victory in the EORU league this season. We look forward to seeing you all next year!


Congratulations to Sarah Meng (Ottawa Irish) and the Canada’s Women’s 7s Team for FISU who won Bronze at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan!! Well done ladies!!



50th Gala Social, 6pm, at the Metropolitain (700 Sussex Street, Ottawa).
Ticket Prices: Juniors $30; Seniors and alumni $35 (before July 20th) or $40 after July 20th.
To order your tickets please contact either: teasurer(at) OR president(at)
Tickets may also be purchased at Tues/Thurs practices at Colonel By HS

Schedule of Weekend Events

Friday, August 2, 50th Kick-off reception & mixer, 6-9 pm, at Patty Bolands Irish Pub (101 Clarence Street, Ottawa)

Saturday, August 3, IRISH DAY at TERP, Sr Women I & II vs Town of Mount Royal RFC (130 and 3pm), Sr Men I & II against Ormstown (130 and 3pm), 50th Gala Social 6pm at Metropolitain.

Sunday, August 4, OIRC Family day and BBQ (face painting, bouncy castle, mini rugby, etc), Irish Women “Old Girls” Alumni game (1230pm), Irish Senior Men vs touring side from Clogher Valley RFC (3pm), Social to follow at 5pm. Location TBD.