1970′s

The Club Finds A Home

In1970 the club finally found a home, after years of moving their posts from field to field, when the club established its headquarters in Cullinagh. The I.R.F.U. purchased the field from Martin Flynn and leased it to the Newcastle West club.

Eddie McCoy captained the team in the 1969/70 season and on his return to Africa, Brian Nash took over. The following seasons were not successful, the only exception being the expedition to Skibbereen in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup in 1972. John Fields, who had played with Newcastle West in the mid 60′s, was captain of the Skibbereen team who were fancied to go far in the cup. However, Newcastle West played with great spirit, took their chances and were worthy winners by 8:5. Dr. Mick Lucey, Irish final trialist, and former U.C.C., Constitution and Garryowen star three-quarter, was the Newcastle West match winner and this was the begining of his association with the club. Mick trained the team for a few seasons and proved an inspiration.

The 1976/77 season saw a revival of Newcaste West RFC’s fortunes. Under the captaincy of Matt McCoy, the McElligott Cup was won for the second time, the first being as long ago as 1945/46.