“CCR caters for all individuals with a diverse range of talents and each individual’s talents are nurtured and developed to enable everyone achieve their potential. More than anything else, this is what makes me proud to be a CCR man.”
In CCR terms Tim Foley Captain of the winning Leinster Cup team is a living legend. Tim is from Bantry in West Cork and after leaving CCR in 2015 he went on to study Commerce in UCD.
We asked Tim for his reflections on his achievements in CCR.
“On our 1st day in CCR, Dan Smyth promised to our parents that although we arrived as “boys, we would leave as men”. I’d agree that that’s an accurate description of the result of 6 years in CCR. When you arrive in 3rd level, CCR men stand out due to the values they’ve picked up in their 6 years. Men with a standard of integrity and decency that is rare.
Rugby was always a massive part of CCR. The buzz and excitement around the school when cup time came around was palpable…Jersey presentation and chanting practice the night before which would inevitably finish with an ode to John Delaney. The coaches and Mr. McKeogh would echo the same message; we could beat anyone on our day.
The togetherness that the school fosters stood to us in close matches. There was a common bond throughout the school which was solid. Even after Belvo scored the 1st try in the 2015 final, there wasn’t a hint of panic. We gathered as a team under the posts. Few words were exchanged. We just looked at each other and said “Plenty of time left here. Stay patient. Our purple patch will come.” We just needed a spark. Tynan’s crossfield kick. Game on. The Leinster Cup win in 2015 was the culmination of years of work. Momentum had been building. The standard of preparation and performance were pushed to new levels every year. Heading out onto the RDS and looking up to the North stand, that was a sight to behold.
To speak of CCR and speak solely of Rugby would be doing the place a disservice. It is so much more. The Characters you come across in every year. Independent thinkers. In a year of 40, you will find all sorts. Sportspeople, Musicians, Public speakers, Debaters, Academics, Actors, Scientists, Engineers, Techie’s, Businessmen, Farmers, Doctors. The list goes on. From Ballinode to Castletownbere we were all there under one roof.
CCR caters for all individuals with a diverse range of talents and each individual’s talents are nurtured and developed to enable everyone achieve their potential.
More than anything else, this is what makes me proud to be a CCR man.”
“Insideat coelis animo sed corpore terris”