Rugby has been played in the village of Douglas, on the south side of Cork City for over 100 years. Douglas Rugby Football Club as we know it today was founded in 1979 by the late Joe O’ Reilly, a Douglas man with a keen interest in sport and Séamus Corkery, who had played with Cork Constitution.  The club are currently on the move back to Castletreasure and have high ambitions for the development there.

Douglas RFC are on the move to Castletreasure in Douglas

Our Mission & Vision

Douglas RFC is a professionally managed, family friendly rugby club. We encourage players at a very young age to play to the best of their ability at a level appropriate to their skills. We provide a safe and enjoyable playing environment and we are focused on player development. We provide a high standard of training to improve and develop the skills of all participants. We encourage discipline, commitment, integrity and respect both on and off the pitch. We nurture equality and inclusion at all levels. We encourage our players and nurture a sense of community within our club. We aim to ensure that each player learns about participating positively and what it means to be part of a team. We help develop a healthy level of competitiveness while keeping our focus on the wellbeing of our players at all times.

Philosophy & Style of Play

Our philosophy is to never lose sight of the player and to build, from the ground up, an inclusive rugby club that supports all levels of play from minis to adults. We aim to provide the highest quality coaching and encourage our coaches to remain passionate and develop strong relationships with their players. We always provide a warm welcome to all our members, new and old and we look forward to welcome families for years to come at our new grounds in Castletreasure.

Why Douglas RFC?

Douglas RFC play to win but we also understand the importance of playing to enjoy.

We help all players achieve their full potential regardless of age, standard or ability and provide the highest standards of coaching and support that we possibly can. We foster an environment based on friendship, trust, transparency and respect.

Our Future Plans for Development

Douglas RFC began in 1979 and now have a base of 200 members including 150 children. We are a small club with big ambitions.We are currently moving to Castletreasure, Douglas where we plan to develop our new playing pitch. Future phases of the plan include a second pitch, lighting, club house and all weather pitches. To help us realise this ambition we need your support and the support of our local politicians. Please bring our plans to their attention so that they may be better informed and represent our club to the Minister at national level. You can download our plans here. Please forward them to your local representative.

Our Rugby Teams

J1 Adult Team

We welcome players to join our Adult J1 team.

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Our under 18s and under 16s train every Tuesday and Thursday with matches fixed for Saturday and Sundays.

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We have large numbers participating at this level of the club.

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Youths & Minis

We nurture new players from under 6. Training takes place each Saturday morning at 10.30am in Castletreasure.

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Club History

Rugby has been played in the village of Douglas, on the south side of Cork City for over 100 years.

The earliest evidence the club has is a photograph of a Douglas rugby team playing in 1903, drawn mainly from the workforce of the thriving local woollen mills. This is reflected in the club crest of a ram and local landmark, the Douglas Fingerpost.

Douglas Rugby Football Club, as we know it today, was founded in 1979 by the late Joe O’ Reilly, a Douglas man with a keen interest in sport and Séamus Corkery, who had played with Cork Constitution. Séamus is an uncle of former Irish International flanker David Corkery, who played his first adult rugby match with Douglas RFC.

In the late seventies and early eighties the club played their games at St Mary’s School, Rochestown before moving to Scart, Douglas. Over fifteen years ago the club moved to grounds at Moneygourney and we are now on the move back to Castletreasure where we are in the process of developing new pitches, a clubhouse, changing rooms, an indoor gym, referee and medical rooms and kitchen facilities.


Douglas RFC  has made huge strides in its development through the hard work and dedication put in by club members and committee volunteers.

There has been a tremendous effort put into the development of the new pitches and club facilities in Castletreasure. The support in Douglas is phenomenal.

The mini rugby section of the club has in recent years flourished  and numbers have increased consistently year on year. This is primarily thanks to the success of the mini rugby section in taking advantage of the great community spirit in the Douglas area, as well as the keen interest and commitment of parents, committee and coaches to developing that section of the club.


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Want to Join The Club?

Douglas RFC always welcome any new members across all ages.  Although we are a small club we nurture our players and have a strong sense of community spirit. We take our rugby very seriously but we are also known to enjoy the social side of rugby.