The Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Club provides competitive rugby programs for all age groups from Under 8 to Senior Men and Women. The Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Club was formed through the merging of the Markham Rugby Club and the Irish Canadian Rugby Club on January 30th, 2010. The Markham RFC was founded in 1980, has competed in the Marshall and Keenan Divisions. The ICRC, founded in 1950, has an enviable record of cup and league success by its senior men and women teams.
McCormick Cup Champions
On Saturday June 12th, 2004 Markham RFC celebrated the official opening of the current Austin Drive clubhouse. The honourable Mayor, Don Cousens along with Deputy Mayor, Frank Scarpitti; Regional Councilor, Jack Heath; Ward 4 Councilor, George McKelvey, among others attended the ceremonial opening. The beautiful clubhouse took four years of fund raising and negotiations followed by three years of construction almost entirely by volunteers. We gratefully acknowledge those who contributed financially, donated much needed supplies and materials, and who volunteered their time and skills towards making our dream come true.
IRISH CANADIAN RUGBY CLUB
The Irish Canadian Rugby Club was a founding member of the Ontario Rugby Union in 1950. Between 1950 and 2010 (when the ICRC merged with the Markham Rugby Club) the Irish won 16 Men's McCormick / Ontario Cups, and 11 Senior Men's League Championships.
The Irish Women competed in the O.W.L., the highest league of competition in the province, and won the OWL League in 2008 and the OWL Cup in 2006, both within their first five years of existence. The womens' Development XV have won the OWL 2nd Division Championship four times between 2004 and 2009.
On 6th of February 1980 a preliminary meeting was called at Markham District High School, Church Street, to find out if there was sufficient interest to start a rugby team in Markham. Several of those attending were members of the Toronto Barbarians RFC who had been driving down to Sunnybrook Park in Toronto for practices, to Fletcher's Field, Victoria Square for home games, and wanted something closer to home, hence the incentive to have a team in the town. Rugby had been introduced into the high school at MDHS in 1975 and so there was a pool of students and ex-students that had learnt the game. It was felt that with the existing Barbs players and some members of the MDHS senior team there were large enough numbers locally to support a team... More
Special thanks to Dave Harris for putting this write up together