TRRHC club history
The club was founded in the 1893/94 season by graduates of Dublin University Hockey Club. The club initially played at grounds in Foxrock, before they moved to one of the Irish international venues at Londonbridge Road. When the club sold the Londonbridge Road grounds in 1981, it laid a water based SuperTurf pitch on new grounds at Grange Road. In 1988, Maids of the Mountain Ladies Hockey Club relocated to Grange Road and shared the facilities with Three Rock Rovers. On 25 May 1999, the two clubs merged to become one club, the current Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club. This year marks the first year that the ladies will also play in the traditional blue and brown of the mens club, having voted on it in a recent EGM.
In recent times success on the field has come by way of the mens 1st XI. Specifically, they became the first Irish team to participate in the EHL in 2008, making their way from Round 1 to KO16. Since then a Senior Cup win in 2014 put to an end a 40 year wait in that competition, while most recently they won the EYHL Club Champions Cup, returning them once again to the EHL for this coming season. Our facilities are among the best in Leinster, and we are one of just 2 clubs in the country that can boast 2 water based pitches.
This year we celebrate 125 years of TRRHC and what better way than to make our return to the top level of European Club Hockey after a nine year absence! To celebrate this year we will host a gala dinner in late March/early April, where we will acknowledge the achievements of Rovers members throughout the years.
Currently we have 5 mens and 3 senior ladies teams. Our junior teams boast more than 425 boys and girls and have seen a growth of over 50% in recent years. Indeed our youth structure is serving us well as this year alone we saw one u16 international, four u18 internationals, five u21 internationals and 2 senior internationals all represent the club at European competitions. Last year we saw Mitch Darling become only our second Olympian and our first to represent Ireland at the Olympics, while four of our mens 1st XI squad made their senior international debuts this year. On the ladies side, Orna Bools becomes the first girl in a number of years to make the Leinster u16 squad, demonstrating that the future is bright on all sides. Furthermore, our mens and ladies vets teams play regularly during the week, with many of our mens vets representing us at Masters level. Finally, we boast talent in other areas too as our members represent us in a variety of avenues. Niall Denham is one of a group of talented European coaches who just completed a three year development programme with the EHF, while he also heads up the u16 international team. Siobhan Madeley and Stephen Findlater are powerhouses of European hockey communication, Emer Keogh represents us from a management perspective in Leinster, while Ali Keogh is an active FIH umpire currently on the development programme for the Road to Tokyo. It is obvious therefore that TRRHC produces talent in a variety of avenues and indeed it is our aim to support the growth of people and not just players, as we look to promote lifelong engagement with our club.