Club News

Roots & All

August 25th, 2011

With the competitive season now started, a self-confessed rugby lover and writer by the name of JL Pagano came up with a very good idea indeed. Who is JL Pagano I hear you say? JL is well known on most social networking sites as “Harpin’ on Rugby”, which is the name of his Leinster and Ireland fan site.
JL Pagano was born in the USA but lived in Ireland since he was 8. He went to a big rugby school in Dublin and played a bit too. He is a diehard Leinster fan, season-ticket holder and lover of the banter that is unique to rugby union.  JL has always harboured a desire to get into writing so the Harpin’ on Rugby fan site gives him the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. 
This season he is doing something a bit different for Harpin’ On Rugby. He approached 6 clubs at various levels of the grass roots game and asked them to take part in his new feature, which he called “Roots & All”. Connemara RFC are absolutely delighted to be one of the chosen six clubs.

The idea of “Roots & All” is that the reader will become a fan of these 6 clubs and will follow the clubs progress each week throughout the 2011-12 season.The selected 6 teams include Junior, Senior & Women’s rugby teams.

Every Wednesday, on the Harpin’ on Rugby Facebook page and “Roots & All” blog,  JL will publish interviews taken with a representative of each club. The selected representative for Connemara RFC is Irene King-Staunton – she who wears many hats within Connemara RFC!
Irene King-Staunton – “This is a fantastic idea. Not only will it raise the profile of all clubs involved but it will also raise awareness of how grass roots clubs function both on and off the field. It will certainly raise interest and support in all clubs involved and I’m delighted to be Connemara’s representative for the Roots & All feature for the season ahead”.  

JL will ask each club how they got on the previous weekend and what they have planned for the next one, but also some more general questions about what life is like at a grass roots level. Each club will recieve questions tailored to their own club.
Although there are many websites who report news from grass roots clubs around the country, the Roots & All feature will look a little more closely at the smaller details in each of the clubs involved and follow their progress for an entire season.

Again, Connemara RFC are delighted to be part of this new feature and hope to have JL pay a visit to The Monastery Field throughout the season to sample a real taste of what Connemara RFC is all about!

Below are some links!

Roots & All – 

Click on the Roots & All image to see Conemara RFC's involvement in this project


Harpin’ on Rugby Facebook Page –

Connemara RFC Facebook Page –

Harpin’ on Rugby Fan Page –

The Roots & All link will be permanently available on the ” Useful Links” page of this website ….Click Here

Exciting Season About To Start

August 21st, 2011

The Connemara 1st XV’s competitive season will kick off  on this coming Saturday, 27th August, with a home fixture against Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht Senior League. Supporter’s and spectator’s at The Monastery Field vill view a different type of rugby than what they have seen in recent years from the Connemara Blacks. Last year, with no threat of relegation due to the restructuring of the league,  provided the club with an opportunity to blood a younger generation of player’s who were guided by their elder team mates, most of whom have a number of years of AIL rugby behind them. 

2011-12 promises to be an exciting year for the squad and the club. A new coaching structure is in place with Peter Bracken at the helm. Pre-season training started earlier than usual. Some  players had taken to the field as early as June, in preperation for the very successful Connemara 7’s Tournament. No break was taken – As soon as the 7’s was over these dedicated lads continued with training on the field and in the gym.  

We urge all supporters to come along on Saturday to see the renewed enthuasism and optimistic outlook of this new, fit, fast and eager squad.

Well done Mark!

August 18th, 2011

Congratulations to Mark Foyle, our football committee chairman and long time player with Connemara RFC, on competing and winning The Omey Dash Triathlon last weekend. The triathlon consisted of a 4.5km swim, an 18km cycle and 4.5km run in the beautiful area of Claddaghduff, Connemara . Mark, who has played at senior level rugby in the club for quite a few years has insisted that he has now retired from senior rugby.  Great to see him attending training and fitness sessions though…maybe the boots aren’t hung up yet! 

Mark Foyle is presented with the winning prize - Photo courtesy of Omey Dash

Pre-Season Training

August 1st, 2011

Pre-seaon training is in full swing at Connemara RFC with Seniors being put through their paces by head coach Peter Bracken. Very eager U17’s & U15’s squads have also  have also taken to the training field – Under 17’s on Monday evenings from 6 – 7pm sharp under the leadership of  John O’Halloran & Under 15’s train on Thursday evinings from 6-7.30pm under Nigel Murray, assisted by Ryan Murtagh and David McDonagh. It is especially heartening to see these underage quads in action at pre-season training in an effort to be fighting fit, fast & ready for the season ahead.  We welcome new players at all levels in Connemara RFC and we are very proud of the achievements of our underage teams over the years.

“I am very impressed at the level of committment at training so far, and also very happy with the level of fitness. Great to see the lads taking responsibility for their team and setting goals for the season ahead.” (John O’Halloran – Coach U17’s)

“I’m looking for dedication from players to attend training. It’s up to the players to come along and build up a successful squad for the season ahead” (Nigel Murray – Coach U15’s)

Connemara RFC will host a Family Fun Fest & Registration Day on Sunday, 21st August from 12-4pm where all underage players, past and future may register with the club for the 2011-12 season. There will be lots of fun activities for everyone at The Monastery Field on the day and we welcome families from far and wide to attend!

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