Sympathies were passed at the last meeting of Connemara R.F.C. to the McHugh family of Calla, Roundstone, on the death of Mark McHugh, who passed away recently. The McHugh’s are strong members of our club, with David McHugh currently playing with the seniors, following in the footsteps of his father, Caillin.
The recent death of Francis Guy was also noted and sympathies were expressed with her sons’, Pat and Peter Guy, as well as her daughters, Eileen Joyce of Clifden and Mary McCann of Ballyconneely. Pat was a playing member of the Connemara club.
Sympathies were also extended to the family of Pat Mannion of Moycullen, who was a great supporter of our club and attended many of our games, home and away. Also,
The club would also like offer their sympathies to the family of the late Dr. Paddy Joyce of Gort. Paddy was a great supporter of the club from it’s very beginning. His brother, Jimmy, from Oughterard, was scrum half for Ireland during the war years.
The birth of Cameron Keogh, to his parents, Kevin and Sinead, was greeted with great joy by all at the club and his grandparents’, in particular. Kevin Keogh, along with his brothers, Alan and David and father, Liam, have all been great servants to the club on and off the field and we congratulate them on their wonderful news.
Similarly, congratulations to former player Mark Foyle, a former player, and his wife, Regina, sister of the club’s captain, Alan Pryce, on the birth of their daughter, Mary Helen.
A decision will be made next week in regards to the annual Sevens’ tournament. Despite all the hard work of the volunteers, before, during and after the event, only a small profit was made. The event brings a significant tourist boost to the area, but, unfortunately, local support is not as strong as envisaged.
Connemara U-15’s done us proud again on Sunday last in Monivea, when they beat a highly rated Galwegians side in the Connacht final by seventeen points to fifteen. It was a hugely entertaining game and all the young players put in a great effort. The U15’s is a very classy side with huge potential
That evening, the medals and trophies were presented to the players by Connemara’s president, Matt O’Sullivan, at the Station House, Clifden. He told them that the whole club was very proud of them, their coaches and their parents. Matt added that he was sure that their teachers’ would be highly congratulatory.
This was the second season in succession that this squad has brought silverware back to the club. Coaches, John O’Halloran and Dara Heanue, as well as last years coach, Nigel Murray, were congratulated on their great achievement.
The U17’s, coached by Henry O’Toole and Bernard Keaney, qualified for their League Final with a strong win over Monivea.
Connemara’s Seniors secured a place in the Connacht Plate final and won four valuable league points with a 22-10 victory over Ballina in a fixture that counted as both a Plate Semi Final and League game.
Connemara’s seconds’ qualified for the Semi Final of their League with a ten point victory away to Westport. The game was sealed late on thanks to Mark Staunton’s try.
The finale of the Connemara RFC fundraising took place on St.Patricks Day, shortly after the annual parade and before Marie Walsh and her musicians took the stage. The ticket were drawn by Canon James Ronayne, who together with who with President Matt O’Sullivan, Vice-President Peter Keane and club member Peter Keane officiated the event.
The main prise, an Opel Astra car, was won by Ronan O’Sullivan of Ardbear. Eleven of the thirteen prise winners were local, including people from Rosmuc, Cleggan, Renvyle, Clifden, Ballyconneely, Recess and Claddaghduff. The two other winners are regular visitors to Clifden.
Matt O’Sullivan thanked all who bought and sold tickets and thanked Marie Walsh for her patience, while the draw was taking place.
The winners were:
1st: Ronan O’Sullivan
2nd: Tommy Nee
3rd: Alice O’Neill
5th: Helena Carthy
6th: Martin Little
7th: Helen Jameson
8th: Barry Hamilton
9th: John F Faherty
10th: Dr. Sophie Faherty and Martin O’Malley
11th: Joe McCarthy
12th: Bernadette Conroy
13th: Liam and Deirdre Nevin
It was a mixed day for Connemara on Sunday last; our seconds were beaten 22-16 in their league semi final by a strong Buccaneers side; our U15’s were beaten by a very talented Creggs’ team in the Connacht Cup; the Seniors, however, beat Tuam comfortably 28-0, securing a bonus point in the process, and saw Connemara finishing fifth in the League table.
All in all, it was a great season for a very young Connemara side under new coach, Eddie Walsh. Thanks to tries from Peter O’Toole, Ian Heanue, Barry Gibbons and Shane Sweeney, Connemara ran out comfortable winners.