Club News

Upcoming Fixtures

January 29th, 2013

Sunday 3rd February

Under 13 League:

Ballinrobe V Connemara (Away) Postponed Pitch Unplayable

Under 16 Cup:

Creggs V Connemara (Away) Postponed

Under 17 Cup:

Buccaneers V Connemara (Away) K.O. 12.00

Under 14 League:

South Sligo V Connemara TBC

Junior Plate:

Connemara V Dunmore (Home) K.O. 2.30


Connemara RFC Results

January 29th, 2013


U.B. League Div.2:  Instonians 33 – Connemara 17

Under 15 League Final:  Dunmore 5 – Connemara 15


Under 14 Cup: Tuam 12 – Connemara 10

Under 17 Cup: Bucanneers v Connemara  (Postponed)

Under 19 Cup: Connemara v Dunmore (Walkover to Connemara)

Junior 1c League: Connemara v Sligo (Postponed)


Ulster Bank League Div. 2B

January 28th, 2013

Instonians 33 – Connemara 17

Connemara regretted a number of lapses in concentration in the first half to allow the home side score two very soft tries. A penalty from centre Sean Joyce from just outside the Instonians 22 rebounded off the upright towards the corner flag and in follow up chase Sam Johnson was unfortunate to knock-on over the line. From the ensuing scrum Instonians managed to move the ball the length of the pitch and score under the Connemara posts. Leading 26-0 at half-time Instonians continued their scoring with a try early in the second half. Despite being behind by a big margin Connemara rallied and scored three tries from Alex Lee, Dave McDonagh & Shane Biggins with one of these converted by Sean Joyce. Although they had a few chances to narrow the score still further they failed to do so and left Belfast with the disappointment of knowing that they left at least a bonus point behind them.

Next up is a home game versus Thomond on 16th February at the Monastery Field and hopes are high with the return Paddy Madden & Richard Bourke plus a few more of our injured players that our fortunes might turn for the better. A big effort from players,coaches & supporters must be made for this game in the hope of continuing our status in the All Ireland League.

Connamara Rugby Round-Up

January 28th, 2013

Connacht Under 14 Cup

Tuam 12  –  Connemara 10

On Sunday last Connemara traveled to Tuam for an Under 14’s Cup game. In treacherous conditions a tight game was won by the home side by the narrowest of margins. Unfortunately due to illness & injuries Connemara were short a number of regular first team players and were forced to field a side heavily consisting of under 13 players.

Weather conditions led to the cancellation of the Junior 1c League game v Sligo and also the Under 17’s Cup game v Bucanneers.

In the Under 19’s Cup fixture Dunmore conceded the match to Connemara.

Connacht Under 15 League Final Winners

January 28th, 2013

Connemara 15 – Dunmore 5

It was a bleak journey from Connemara to Corinthian Park Galway for the many players, coaches and supporters of our team on Saturday for the Connacht  Under 15 League Final against Dunmore. The weather was unfavourable but  worse was to come when on arrival at the venue the clubhouse was cold and devoid of staff who might have boiled a kettle for tea or coffee or even made a sandwich. This appears to be to be normal at all under age finals even at the Sportsground.

The game itself was very entertaining despite the sticky nature of the ground and the heavy ball. Dunmore looked a bigger outfit who we were told would have preferred a dry ground. They had beaten us earlier in the season  in such conditions. Connemara though revelled in the heavy conditions and scored a good try in the corner early in the half through Peter Lee. They had two good chances to increase this lead with consistent pressure on the opposing line just  before half-time but an unfortunate knock on led to the referee blowing his whistle for the end of the first half.

Connemara were stunned early in the second half when a huge kick from the Dunmore out-half found touch on the five metre line. The Connemara throw in was crooked and from the ensuing scrum the game was levelled. It stayed liked this for the next fifteen minutes when great work from the Connemara’s second rows Aaron O Donoghue & Peter Lee brought the game to he Dunmore line. After fierce and continuous pressure  on the Dunmore line  Shane Laffey & Fionn Heffernan crossed to score a try each to ensure a momentous win for the Connemara side. Nicholas Joyce at out-half was narrowly wide with his conversions as he was not helped by the heavy ball and terrible conditions. All our players can be proud of their commitment and effort on the day with some tremendous play from Shane Laffey, Kevin King and Thomas Mannion who played despite a heavy flu to the delight of his 84 year old grandfather Francie Mannion.

The victorious side celebrated their superb achievement with their coaches Nigel Murray & Dara Heanue at the Station House Hotel on their return to Clifden. Also in attendance were Connacht Branch President Aidan O Halloran and his son Tiernan of Connacht rugby fame, who helped with the award’s presentation.

Nigel & Dara would like to thank Bernard Keaney & Jimmy Screene for their help during the season and also the many parents and supporters who followed the team throughout the year.

Connemara RFC Weekly Lotto

January 28th, 2013

Draw Results: 27/01/2013

Numbers Drawn: 2 , 16 , 23 , 25

No Winner

Match 3’s: Cathal King, Cleggan & Helen Griffin, Ballyconneely

Attendance Prizes: Rory O Toole, Pat Connell, Willie McDonagh

Next Draw: E.J. King’s Bar    Sunday 3rd February

Jackpot: €15,000 plus Attendance Prizes

Under 15 League Final

January 24th, 2013

This Saturday Connemara RFC Under 15’s take on Dunmore at Corinthian Park at 1.30 in the Connacht League Final. Thanks to the hard work & commitment of these young men who are coached by Nigel Murray & Dara  Heanue they have  a great chance of returning with some silverware to Connemara. The players on this team hail from Clifden, Renvyle, Recess, Ballyconneely, Roundstone and  other areas of North Connemara so if anybody has a couple of hours to spare on Saturday afternoon why not head for Galway to lend your support. Maybe with a big turnout we can help the lads bring the trophy back to Clifden and the surrounding areas.

Coming Soon Take Me Out Part 2

January 22nd, 2013

After the fun & frolics of our first “Take Me Out” night we are happy to announce that we are giving all you boys & girls another chance to find your perfect date. This event will be again held at the Station House Hotel in the near future, so watch this space for some more updates.

Thank You Brothers

January 22nd, 2013

In this our 40th year we would like to offer the Franciscan Brothers a huge Thank You for introducing secondary education to Connemara in the fifties. They transported boys from all over Connemara to & from school each day free of charge. In 1967 after a vote by the students rugby was introduced as the predominant sport in the school. ” A healthy mind in a healthy body” was adopted as the school motto. This is more relevant today than ever with the worrying trends of obesity, bullying and very often suicide.

Connemara RFC as we know it now evolved from the school in the spring of 1973 with the brothers heavily involved. In the early years many titles were won, the most gratifying being the Junior & Senior Schools Cups and Minor Connacht Titles. This winning mentality has prevailed over the years with the club achieving numerous trophies, the most notable being All-Ireland Div. 3 League Winners 2001 & Connacht Senior Cup Winners.

We Need Your Help

January 22nd, 2013

We, Connemara RFC need all the help we can get from all over the province. The club are currently training and playing games all over Connacht with about 160 boys and girls. It also fields a Junior side in the Connacht League as well as a Senior side in the All-Ireland League.The future of this club which is ravaged by emigration and has many players attending institutes of education long distances from home, depends on the people of Connemara. Membership, 300 Club, Lotto, Coaching, Refereeing or providing transport are just some of the ways “You” could become involved with the club. Your attendance at matches would be a great source of encouragement to the growing number of players taking part.

Thanks to our many Sponsors and Supporters

Sponsors Clifden Station House David Jameson Group Clifden SuperValu The Oil Company Clifden