Congratulations to Mr. John Madden of Churchill, Clifden, who won the Connemara R.F.C. lotto worth 15,000.
The cheque was presented to him by Ms.Mary Lydon, the club’s treasurer. The seller of the winning ticket was Guys’ Bar and restaurant, Clifden. Many thanks to all our selling agents.
The winners of Connemara RFC’s annual Golf AM-AM at Connemara Golf Links were Brendan Jackson, Geoff Tucker, Donal O’Buachalla and friend. The winners were presented with their prizes at the Station House, Clifden on the 30th of May. Matt O’Sullivan and Peter Keane, the president and vice president, presented the prizes on behalf of the club.
In his speech, President Matt O’Sullivan thanked Connemara Golf Links for their hospitality and also conveyed his appreciation to all the sponsors and players who took part in the tournament. Matt assured everyone that all money raised would be used for Underage development and purchase of a marquee.
The president singled out Dominic Lynch, Dave Beacher, Kathleen Burke & Jeremy Wilder, the staff at the Golf Club, for their cooperation and hard work.
It appears 90% certain that last years Senior coach, Eddie Walsh, will once again take the coaching reigns next season. Eddie proved to be an inspired choice as coach, guiding the club to two trophies throughout the season, forming a strong coaching team with Gerry King, Joe O’Connell & Gerard Faherty.
The AGM of Connemara RFC took place on Thursday June 6th at the Station House Clifden. 25 club members were present.
A letter, written by Mrs Irene-King-Staunton, was read out by Sinead O’Sullivan, acting secretary. Irene, sadly, has resigned after nine of stirling service and dedication to the club, due to family and business commitments.
President Matt O’Sullivan and Chairman Aidan O’Halloran thanked her profusely for her great work over the years and wished her well in her future endeavours. They hope she will be able to attend the opening of the new marquee on the 6th of July.
Next years Rugby club committee:
President- Matt O’Sullivan
Vice President- Peter Keane
Secretary- Rory O’Toole
Assistant Secretary-Sinead O’Sullivan
Assistant Treasurer-Rory O’Toole
PRO- John O’Sullivan
Lotto and 300 Club coordinator-Peter Smyth
Child Officer- Charlie Bourke
Pitch Committee Chairman- Martin Little
Delegates to Connacht Branch- PJ Heffernan and Peter Smyth
Other members- David McDonagh, John Sheridan
Pitch Development-Breda Coneys
Life Long Executive Member- Pat Shanahan
Fixtures Secretary- Gerard King
Team Manager- Joe O’Connell
Team Logistic Manager-Gerard Faherty
On behalf of the club, Matt O’Sullivan expressed congratulations to the Heffernan family of Moyard upon the selection of their son, Oisin, a former Connemara player, to the Irish U20 Junior World Championship squad. A generous round of applause ensued.
So far, as Ireland today confirmed their place in the semi finals, Oisin has played brilliantly and will hope to play more minutes as Ireland play England in the semi final this coming Sunday.
Oisin’s family run the Off The Square restaurant, generous sponsors of Connemara RFC.
Connemara RFC’s new marquee has arrived from Germany and will take pride of place at the clubs annual 7’s tournament(4th, 5th, 6th July)
There will be a grand opening night at the Monastery Field on Friday the 4th and all the clubs friends and members are invited.
Connemara Rugby Club have asked their members and supporters to support the Sophie Knight fundraising venture. Six year old Sophie, from Riverside Clifden, has a rare brain tumour and will be travelling shortly to Marseille, France for essential treatment.
The club are also keen that the fundraising for Clifden Hospital will be well supported, as also for the upcoming Carmel Rigney Memorial Walk on Saturday the 19th of July.
Connemara RFC have sincerely symphatised with the family of Kathleen Joyce, of Galway Road Ballynahinch, who died recently, following a long ilness. Her father, John, was a committee member for many years and her brother, Sean, a former club captain, was a brilliant outhalf for Connemara and Connacht underage teams and served the club with distinction. The McWilliams’, on her mother’s side, were also great supporters of the club.
Sympathies were also expressed to the Gough family of Sky Road on the recent death of their mother, Mary.
Finally, at the culmination of the AGM, president, Matt O’Sullivan, quipped that we should all be proud to be members of a great club and stated that, despite being in rude on and off the pitch, there was a let more work to do. The pitch, the clubs only physical asset, must be maintained in the coming season, added Matt.
There was special thanks extended to the Senior management team of Eddie Walsh, Gerry King, Joe O’Connell and Gerard Faherty for their hard work and dedication throughout the season.
Thanks,too, were given to the underage coaches Nigel Murray, Mr.Nee, Aidan O’Halloran, Peter Smyth, Hery O’Toole, the Keaney brothers, Bernard and Paul, to the very successful U15’s coaches, John O’Halloran and Dara Heanue; their team won the Connacht U15 cup as well as a prestigious international trophy in Wales. Thanks were also given to Paddy Madden, Eoghan Heanue and Peter Keane, for their assistance with the underage ladies teams and mini’s, respectively.