Club News

Upcoming Fixtures

February 27th, 2013

Saturday 23rd February:

Ulster Bank League Div. 2B:

Connemara RFC V Suttonians  @  Monastery Field   Clifden  K.O.  2.30

Under 13’s:

Ballinrobe  V  Connemara RFC  @ Ballinrobe

Under 15’s Cup 2nd Round:

Galwegians  V  Connemara RFC  @ Sidepitch Galwegians  K.O. 12.00

Under 15 & 18 Girls:

Westport  V  Dúnamara   @  Westport

(Dúnamara is an amalgamation of Connemara & Dunmore Girls)

Sunday 24th February:

Connacht Plate Under 14’s:

Tuam  V  Connemara  RFC   @  Tuam

Under 19’s Cup 2nd Round:

Connemara RFC  V  Galwegians    @  Monastery Field  KO  12.00

Under 16’s Cup 1st Round:

Connemara RFC  V  Monivea  @ Monastery Field  K.O.  2.00


Connemara RFC Weekly Lotto

February 25th, 2013

Draw Results: 24/02/2013

Numbers Drawn: 9 , 12 , 19 , 20

No Winner

Match 3’s: 2 @ €50

Eileen Cohill Sky Road, P.J. Coyne Cashel

Attendance Prizes: Pete Smyth, Eileen Cohill, Gerry Delaney

Next Draw: Mannion’s Bar Clifden, Sunday 3rd March

Jackpot: €15,000 plus Attendance Prizes

Pitch Development Plan

February 21st, 2013

We Connemara RFC have agreed the purchase of an additional ten acres of land adjoining our pitch at The Monastery Field Clifden from the Franciscan Brother’s. We will own the lands but all facilities will be available to the Community School In Clifden and all other schools in the area including Criost Linn.

It is our intention to provide two full size rugby pitches (including the present pitch) designated for rugby only, as well as an all-weather community pitch, other pitches required by the schools for the purpose of other sports, a running track cross country course, walking lanes etc. and also hopefully a fully equipped gymnasium.

As the lands being purchased have a long shoreline onto the Salt Lake the club is environmentally conscious and will ensure that any development that takes place will be fully in harmony with the natural habitats and beauty of the surrounding lake area.

Although these extra facilities will be wholly owned by Connemara RFC it is proposed that the day to day running and upkeep of said facilities will be managed by an external local committee who’s goal is to cater for the children & youths of the local area, whatever their needs may be. When developed these pitches will probably be the most westerly mainland pitches in Europe being just a short distance as the crow flies from the infamous Slyne Head. Presently with the availability of just a single pitch we are accommodating children,youths & adults in the sport of rugby. It is our aim to provide adequate sporting facilities for players from as far south as Carna/Cashel thru Roundstone, Ballyconneely, Clifden, Claddaghduff, Cleggan, Letterfrack and as far north as Leenane many of whom are presently or in the past attended Clifden Community School.

These new facilities are urgently needed, not only for all future generations who will be lucky enough to remain in the  Connemara area but also for the countless numbers who will have to emigrate. For those who have to emigrate they will travel with the confidence and certainty that sport can open many new doors for them. We as a club accept the Franciscan Brother’s adopted principle of  ” A healthy mind in a healthy body ” in the current era where depression, drug abuse, bullying, obesity, lack of purpose & well-being can sometimes leave the youngsters who are studying today with little or no prospects of succeeding in life.

And so to the future, we Connemara RFC call on all of you “Lovers of Connemara” to show you gratitude and goodwill for the journey we are about to make. Your help is needed to achieve our goal whether it be by donating to the Development Fund, organizing fundraising events or just generously devoting some of your time to the club. For further information please contact Matt O Sullivan in Clifden or call 087-2300898.

Matt O Sullivan

Upcoming Fixtures

February 20th, 2013

Saturday 23rd February:

Ulster Bank League Div. 2:

NUIM Barnhall  v  Connemara RFC  @  North Campus Maynooth  K.O.  2.30

Under 15 & 18 Girls:

Dúnamara V Ballina  @  TBC

(Dúnamara is an amalgamation of Connemara & Dunmore Girls)

Sunday 24th February:

Connacht Junior League Div 1c:

Connemara  RFC   V   Sligo  @  Monastery Field  K.O.  12.00

Under 14B Connacht Semi Final:

Ballihadreen   V  Connemara   @  Ballihadreen  KO  12.00

Connemara 21 – Thomand 12

February 19th, 2013

On Saturday Connemara Seniors beat all the odds and quietened the critics with a fine display of fast and open rugby. At the beginning of the season their first away game against Naas ended in a disastrous drubbing but one must remember that the side were missing 13 players from last year’s squad and were further depleted by an injury to Paddy Madden during the game.Despite the squad being ravaged by injuries, emigration, retirements & other sporting commitments they managed to push some of their opponents during the season and with a little more luck or the different bounce of the ball could have gained some very important league points. Back to the present and with the return to full time action of some of our experienced players like Kevin & Alan Keogh, Paddy Madden & Jack Vaughen  things are looking a bit more rosy in the garden.

On Saturday Connemara attacked Thomand from the start with the aid of a strong wind and against the incline. In the early exchanges Connemara gained the upper hand and very nearly crossed the try line but the first score of the game was courtesy of a well taken penalty by No. 12  Sean Joyce. With the home side clearly on top now a well orchestrated move which included both the forwards & backs culminated in Sean increasing the score when he touched down under the posts. A coolly converted conversion by the same player again left the scoreboard reading Sean Joyce 10 – Thomand 0.  Connemara played like a team that had regained all its confidence and continued to pressure the stunned away side. This pressure led to another penalty which unsurprisingly was converted by Sean ” The Boot” Joyce even if it was left to the referee to signal the score as both touchjudges were undecided on the decision. It looked as if Connemara were well on the way to that illusive first victory but alas in the last minute of added time Thomand manufactured a try out near the corner flag and although the resulting conversion looked to be well wide of the posts the strong wind steered it over the bar to leave the score 13 – 7 going into the break.

Thomand made use of the wind factor early in the second half when they crossed for their second try to bring them to within a point of the gallant home side but luckily for Connemara they narrowly missed the conversion. Captain Sean Joyce rallied his troops and they were rewarded another penalty for an infringement which needless to say Sean converted. With the score finely balanced at 16 – 12 another score by the away side could have led to disaster but after some resolute defence by Connemara they managed to widen the gap when the ageless fullback Alan Keogh scored a superb try under the posts. Unfortunately this time Sean’s conversion which looked to be going over the bar was put off course by the strong wind. Although Connemara had a nine point lead they knew this game was far from over and this was proven with the final whistle looming, a well worked move from Thomand looked like paying off when their winger headed for the corner flag but a smashing last ditch tackle from Alan Keogh caused him to drop the ball and after consulting his touchjudge the referee awarded a five metre scrum to the visitors. Even though Connemara’s pack were up against it all day they dug deep and robbed the ball and fed out half Ian Heanue who was able to clear the lines under immense pressure from the opposing team. The final whistle came shortly afterwards to the relief of the home side who happily celebrated their four point win and denying the visitors a losing bonus point.

Although no player should be singled out for individual praise as this was a massive team display we must acknowledge the yardage made by our “adopted” kiwi Hayden Tapp, the experience of the Keogh brothers, the doggedness of newcomers the Heanue brothers and the commitment of both the backs & forwards not forgetting the substitutes. We must also congratulate the team management of Kevin Ward, Joe O’ Connell & Gerard Faherty on this tremendous result, long may it continue. Finally a massive “Thank You” to the supporters & sponsors Eilish & Damien Joyce (Lowry’s Bar clifden) who attended the game.

Connemara’s next game is against NUIM Barnhall @ Maynooth on Saturday 23rd February KO 2.30 and the next home game is against Suttonions @ Monastery Field Clifden on Saturday 2nd March KO 2.30.

Your support is greatly appreciated at both our home & away matches.

Connemara RFC Weekly Lotto

February 18th, 2013

Draw Results: 17/02/2013

Numbers Drawn: 2 , 17 , 20 , 27

No Winner

Match 3’s: 3 @ €50

Maureen Heffernan Moyard,  Geraldine Walsh Kylemore,  Mary Lydon Crocnaraw

Attendance Prizes: Deirdre McGonagle,  Shauna Flood,  Nora Barry

Next Draw: Station House Hotel Bar Clifden, Sunday 24th February

Jackpot: €15,000 plus Attendance Prizes

Upcoming Fixtures

February 14th, 2013

Saturday 16th February:

Ulster Bank League Div. 2:

Connemara RFC  v  Thomand RFC  @  Monastery Field  K.O.  2.30

Under 17 Cup:

Buccaneers  V Connemara RFC  @  Dubarry Park  K.O. 12.00

Sunday 17th February:

Connacht Junior League Div 1c:

Monivea  V  Connemara RFC  @  Monivea  K.O.  2.30

Dúnamara Ladies Rugby

February 12th, 2013

Dúnamara is a ladies rugby team made up by the amalgamation of the Connemara & Dunmore sides. John O Halloran from Connemara is assisted by the Dunmore coaches in ensuring the girls get their chance on the rugby field. Training is on Monday night from 5.15 until around 6.30 at the Monastery Field with games played on either Saturday’s or Sunday’s on a regular basis at Dunmore or Connemara. Due to the implications of the Child Welfare Policy John is in dire need of female assistant’s . He must now have a female representative at training sessions & home matches and also a female member to travel with the Connemara girls when they travel to games away from Clifden. A knowledge of the game of rugby is not needed for those willing to lend a hand but of course it would be a great help, so if there is any mothers, sisters, aunts or sports minded females out there that have an hour or two to spare please give John a call @0851130969


February 11th, 2013

Connemara RFC would like to extend sincere sympathy’s to the families of the late Tom Conroy (Tiny) Clifden and Andrew Lawlor Roscommon, Father of Mary Smyth Canons Lane Clifden.

May they rest in peace.

Connemara RFC Weekly Lotto

February 11th, 2013

Draw Results: 10/02/2013

Numbers Drawn: 5 , 8 , 14 , 15

No Winner

Match 3’s: 3 @ €50

Tim Hickey Clifden,   Aoife Scullion Claddaghduff,   Rory O’Toole Clifden

Attendance Prizes: Andrea Kilkenny,  Radik Mikos,  Bríd Whealan

Next Draw: The Central Bar Clifden, Sunday 17th February

Jackpot: €15,000 plus Attendance Prizes

Thanks to our many Sponsors and Supporters

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