Dumfries Saints sadly announce the death of former player Mo (Morris) Irvine who passed away last Tuesday.
Mo had his early rugby education at St Joseph’s College and Dumfries Academy, turning out in the mornings for the school and in the afternoons he’d head off to Park Farm to play for Don Wylie’s U18 Colts.
On leaving school Mo played for Jimmy Lindsays notorious U21s.
Saints regularly put out 3 teams on a Saturday during the ’80s – and Mo thrived on training, playing and socialising after matches at the Rotchell Hotel, Cargenholm and finally at the new clubhouse at Park Farm.
Playing predominantly for the 3rd XV, with a couple of years as Captain cajoling players playing for the love of the game, a few beers and after match craic – being Captain was no easy task!
Mo played at Prop or Hooker – nature dictated he was to play nowhere else!
Stories from games he played involving the dark arts of front row play at grass root rugby are probably best left to be told by members of the front row union, over a pint or two, when there are no children present. After match shenanigans also fall into the same category.
Our condolences and heartfelt sympathy go to Dougie, Fiona and family and Richard, Jackie and family.
Please raise a glass to the loss of a True Saint, Mo Irvine.