Connemara R.F.C had a well attended A.G.M at the Station House Hotel Clifden on Thursday the 27th May.
President Aidan O’Halloran was congratulated on his election as Junior President of the Connacht R.F.C. This means that in a few years he will be the Senior President of the Connacht Branch. The committee for the new season is as follows:
President: Aidan O’Halloran
Vice President: Des Fogerty
Hon. Secretary: Irene King
Assist. Secretary: James Staunton
Treasurer: Mary Lydon
Assist. Treasurer: Chris Shanahan
Fixtures Secretary: Gerry King
Membership Secretary: Pete Smyth
Head Coach: Bernard Keaney
Junior Coach: Gerry King
Team Manager: Joe O’Connell
PRO: Matt O’Sullivan
Branch Delegates: Des Fogerty, Peter Keane, Pete Smyth & Charlie Bourke
Child Welfare Officer: Irene King
Hon. Medical Officer: Dr. John Casey
Pitch Committee Chairman: Tommy Coyne
Lotto Committee Chairman: Peter Keane
General Committee: Rory O’Toole, Gerry Delaney, Breda Coneys, P.J Heffernan, John Sheridan, Mark Foyle & Pat Shanahan
The Connemara R.F.C have sympathised with the Lydon family on the recent death of Ms. Lena Lydon. Her son Pat was a stalwart player for the team. She was predeceased by her son Peter also a great player and club member.
The club also has sympathised with the McDonagh family Cleggan on the recent death of John McDonagh. His son Ian is a very accomplished prop forward with the Community School Clifden and Connemara’s under twenties team.
Both families have been stalwart supporters since the club was formed in 1974.
Brother Vivian Cottier of the Franciscan Monastery Clifden and a Connemara R.F.C club founder won Dr. John Casey’s Captains Prize at Connemara Golf Links on Sunday the 27th July. Br.”Viv” was a great Coach with Connemara but was also a very firm and tactful referee.
Bernard Keaney addressed a recent meeting of Connemara R.F.C and outlined his ambitions for the coming season. A few recruits have been signed and it is hoped to widen the experience of our many great local players during the coming season in the All Ireland League & Connacht Competition.
Liam Keogh arrived home on Wednesday the 30th June from his tour with the Irish Rugby Team to Australia & New Zealand. He gave a very vivid description of the itinerary and met former Connemara Coach Dick Laffan as well as Rachel Wallace of Clifden.
He was happy with the display of the Connacht players and built up a rapport with some of the Irish officials.
Connemara players are doing very well this season at under age level. The following have been selected on to Connacht Squads.
Mark Gavin, Chris Heneghan, Cathal Heanue, Roddy O’Donnell & Stephen Mullen (U17 Squad).
Patrick King ( U16 Squad).
James O’Toole, Thomas Joyce, Matthew Gavin (U15 squad),
Well done to Oisin Heffernan -(Leinster U16 squad)
World Cup Injury:
It was very sad that Connemara’s Tiernan O’Halloran had to return home from the under 20’s World Cup in Argentina as he suffered an injury. We were all looking forward to seeing him line out at No. 14 in the game against England. He was sadly missed. Tiernan also helped Ireland win this years Six Nations under 20’s competition with some speedy and intelligent rugby. He was also on the Connacht Senior Team at the end of the season. We wish him a prosperous rugby season after a deserved summers rest.
Club Membership 2010-2011
Peter Smith our membership secretary will be shortly looking to sign up as many as possible from all age groups and genders. Also there is lots of room in our 300 Club Membership – a draw each month. – for €120 per year or €10 per month direct debit.
Congratulations to Jimmy Screen and Becky Gavin on the recent birth of their son Thomas. Jimmy who played for Connacht and Ireland A on a good number of occasions gave valuable help to Connemara in the second half of the season to retain their AIL Status. This helped coach/player Bernard Keaney to fully concentrate during the games. As usual Bernard was a true Connemara Sportsman doing his work with diligence and great success.
It’s a great club getting better.
Matt O’Sullivan – PRO, Connemara RFC