"We all had our Guardian Angels"
On Nov 2nd, 1996 in his last game with the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, 2017 World Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee, Al Charron leaves a trail of fallen Yeomen as he leads the Club to a 29-17 win over York to capture the McCormick Cup. The victory gave the Irish its' 2nd Triple Crown in the Club's history and solidified the Irish's status as the most successful team in Eastern Ontario and one of the top clubs in Eastern Canada. Also pictured Mark Jacques, Scott Evans, Scott Dexter, Ian McDonell, Greg Colby, Nick Clapinson, Michael J. Burke,and Paul Doherty
Al Charron, Andrew Armstrong, Greg Mosgrove represent Canada on a tour to Australia.
Over the decades hundreds of young men & women from the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club have represented Eastern Ontario, their Province, and Country at the Junior, University and Senior levels
The Ottawa Irish Rugby Club (OIRC) was founded in 1963 in the Beacon Hill community of Ottawa with a mandate to promote the sport of rugby union across the National Capital Region. Over the decades the Ottawa Irish have become the most successful rugby club in Eastern Ontario and one of the strongest in Eastern Canada. The OIRC is an amateur sports club incorporated in the province of Ontario as a not-for-profit organization. The OIRC is an inclusive club committed to the principle of individual & community development through sport. Since the club began play in 1963 hundreds of men & women have represented their Province and Country in rugby competitions around the world. Over the years thousands of men and women have moved through the club and gone on to become the leaders of our community in the fields of education, medicine, business, law, policing, and sports to name a few. This site is dedicated to preserving the history of those men & women
The Ottawa Irish Rugby Club (OIRC) Alumni are committed to promoting the sport of rugby union in the Ottawa area and preserving the traditions of the OIRC by building a strong alumni network founded on the principles of individual & community development through sport to assist in developing the young men & women of the OIRC into the leaders of tomorrow, while fostering a spirit of comradeship amongst the alumni.
The OIRC Alumni are structured to capitalize on the wealth of experience & expertise amongst the Alumni across all sectors of society and maximize their contribution back to the community and the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club.
Ottawa Irish Meredith Sirrs success at the Canadian Championship lead her to Ottawa University
In keeping with their mandate the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club Alumni has developed a number of strategies to support the young men & women of the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Whether it be by providing financial assistance to individual young athletes to help them directly in their quest to excel to the highest levels of rugby, purchasing kit & equipment, or sponsoring tours that promote cultural exchanges through sport, the Ottawa Irish Alumni are committed to nurturing the skills and abilities in youth that will serve them for a lifetime.
Read further into this section to see how Alumni Support has benefited the young men & women of the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, helping them develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
Alumni from the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club have been recognized for their achievements by the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Sports Halls of Fame, as well as Provincial, National, and World Rugby Halls of Fames
Honourary membership in the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club Alumni is conferred upon an individual who has shown an exemplary commitment to promoting the sport of Rugby Union and to helping to develop young men & women into the leaders of tomorrow.
Over the decades a select number of men & women have distinguished themselves by showing an exemplary commitment to promoting the sport of Rugby Union and the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club
This page is dedicated to honouring the commitment and sacrifices of the men & women who as players, coaches and volunteers helped build the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club for generations to come.
Over the years thousands of men and women have moved through the club and gone on to become the leaders of our community in the fields of education, medicine, business, law, policing, and sports to name a few. The O.I.R.C. Alumni are committed to the principles of individual & community development through sport and supporting the young men & women of our community to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Whether it be though supporting community organizations, fundraisers like Rugby on Parliament Hill event, or coaching at the club, university or national levels the Irish continue to give back to their community.
The Al Charron Cup is an annual Eastern Canadian Club Tournament featuring four of Eastern Canada’s historic and most successful rugby clubs - the Swilers of St. John’s, the Ottawa Irish, the Fredericton Loyalists and Quebec’s Saint Anne de Bellevue. The clubs meet annually for regional bragging rights and to promote the importance of strong club rugby.
The Bill Foster Trophy is awarded annually at the Rowan Stringer Memorial Rugby game played between the UOttawa GeeGees & St Francis Xavier University . The trophy is dedicated in recognition of Bill's exemplary commitment to promoting the sport of Womens's Rugby in Ottawa, and across Canada.. Thanks to Bill''s pioneering efforts, hundreds of young women have been given the opportunity to pursue a post secondary education, with dozens having attended St Francis Xavier & Ottawa University.
The O.I.R.C. Community Awards are presented annually in honour of Nancy MacLeod, Francois Dubois and Mark Lowry in recognition of their outstanding commitment, dedication and contributions to their community and the sport.
The O.I,R,C. 1st VX & 2nd XV Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Player are awarded annually to a Senior Men's player in recognition of their exemplary achievement.
The O.I,R,C. Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Player are awarded annually to a Senior Women's player in recognition of their exemplary achievement.
The O.I,R,C. Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player. and Player of the Year are awarded annually to the Junior U19 & 17 Boys & Girls players in recognition of their exemplary achievement.
1Alex Colvin hoists the McCormick Cup at the 1990 Ontario Rugby Union Championship
Ottawa Irish Rugby Club founding members. Front Row: Bernie Ryan, Con Sheehan, Stan Moore, Back Row: Skip Corrigan, Charlie Snelling, Don Drummond
1981 Rugby Cup-Vancouver. Back Row: R.Massier, M.Pirie, J.Paydas, J.Doubt, T.Stephens, D.Barchett, N.Carr, Third Row: M.Harris, M.Hargraves, B.Fownes, M.Kenney, B.Foster, S.Robinson. Second Row: D.Baird, D.Cyr, S.Blackwell, D.O'Brian. Front Row: B.Davis, L.Powell, C.Senecal, S.Benoit, M.Lowry
1995 Ottawa Irish Rugby Club.
In their inaugural season Bill Foster & OIRC's Women's 1st XV win the Quebec III Division Championship.
2009. Defence Minister Peter MacKay with Al Charron, the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club and the Canadian Military team at the "Rugby on the Hill" fundraiser for military families
Ottawa Irish Rugby Club President Melanie Judges presents Jim Lahoar with a lifetime achievement award. Aug 14th, 2018.
Sarah "Jiggy " Schonfeld and Macy McDonell receive the Rugby Ontario Fall 7's provincial championship trophy on behalf of the Ottawa Bl-Irish U18's from Rugby Ontario CEO Myles Spencer
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