SUNDAY next will be a strange day in some ways down at the Shamrock Lodge. It will be exciting, memorable and poignant, but above all, the culmination of a long-standing dream.
For years and years it was stating the obvious that two great sporting icons, Drogheda RFC and Delvin RFC, could become a force to be reckoned with if they stood back, took a deep breath, and made the decision to join forces.
Thankfully, in the late 90s, brave folk in both camps did exactly that and brought the two clubs together and next Sunday, following the league match with Cill Dara at the Lodge, Boyne RFC will be crowned a senior rugby club.
In truth, the city of Drogheda (I think it's time the city tag really began on this page) can learn a lot from the club.
Tradition was huge at Drogheda and Delvin, some names legendary, dare I mention Brendan McEntee, David Heery (the flying winger from out Rathkenny way), Jeffrey Finnegan, Donal Nugent, Laurence McEvoy, Declan Quinn, John Horkan, Barry Roche, Eodghan McEvoy, Seamus Sarsfield, the late, great Emmet Nelson, who really deserves to be remembered this week, the equally accomplished and much missed Denis Burns, Dave Farrell, Gary Downey, Tom Carroll, Steve Cleave, the air traffic controller Declan Smith, Caiman Hall, Anthony Briscoe, Padraig Mathews, Rod Cosgrave, Ron Eustace and a man who wore the black and then green and yellow with distinction, Ken Sullivan.
I could list hundreds more, but I hope the above is just a token of the past and as for the future, it's as bright as any rugby follower wants it to be.
While the Lodge is and has been a wonderful home for the club, the move into senior rugby brings its own headaches, quality of the playing surface, facilities, parking, etc.
For some of the bigger games to come I think it would be wonderful to see matches at United Park, if at all possible, and dare I say the GAA Grounds (the Vincent's boys who played with Delvin would love that!).
Let the future of senior rugby commence.