Athy Rugby Club – who have had countless Laois players and members over their long history – have secured public liability insurance after a long struggle – and fears surrounding their future have been averted for now.
Had it not been resolved, the club would have been forced to close from midnight this coming Monday, December 9.
However, in a statement released this afternoon, a spokesperson said: “Athy RFC can confirm that we have agreed terms through the IRFU & Aon for insurance cover with Aviva Insurance.
“We are, therefore, pleased to confirm that this matter has been resolved and that we can continue to focus on developing this successful rugby club for the benefit of our members.
“The Executive Committee at Athy RFC also wish to acknowledge the huge volume of support we received from the rugby community as a whole.
“Our own membership was unwavering in their support, leaving us in no doubt about what a great club we are part of.
“Rugby players and supporters everywhere were ready to do anything they could to help our club in its hour of need.
“To Martin Heydon TD, Minister of State Michael D’Arcy, Leinster Rugby & the IRFU thank you for mobilising quickly when it was needed. To all who tried to find insurance cover for us, especially Wright Insurance Brokers in Carlow – thank you.
“To everyone else that helped and supported us, please accept a heart-felt thank you from everyone at Athy RFC. See you on, or off, the pitch.”