Rosie Stewart (nee Gallagher) was a founding member of Cooke Women’s Rugby Club and was instrumental in the early formation fo women’s rugby in Ulster.
Rosie was a talented player, going on to play for Ulster and Ireland. As well as her skills on the pitch Rosie was an exceptional organiser, leading the way in rugby administration in the women’s game.
It is ironic that if she were alive today she would have been organising the tournament which is the gem stone of women’s cup rugby in Ulster. It is dedicated to her.
On the lighter side of things she was also key to the success of any party, and was always the first person to start the singsong in the bar after rugby matches.
Rosie died of cancer in August 2003, leaving a massive void behind her as a player, organiser and friend.
The rosie cup finals are played each year at Cooke RFC as a festival of rugby, culminating in the presentation of the Rosie Stewart Memorial Bowl to the winner of the Final.