All at Connemara RFC were saddened at the recent and unexpected death of two of their great players; Joe O’Toole of Roundstone and Gerard Nee of Recess. Both were great and respected members of the club, having represented it proudly, with great ability and success.
Mass at Roundstone was attended by a large numbers at the funeral of Joe O’Toole; with members of the club providing a guard of honour outside the church.
The club extends sincere sympathies to his family and partner, Anne Gorham.
Gerard Nee, like Joe, was in his 50’s when he passed away. He was an outstanding player, both at club and schools and club level. His funeral mass was held at Letterfrack Church and burial took place at Ballinakill cemetery. There was a guard of honour provided, also, by his former team-mates and current Connemara RFC committee.
The club extends sincere sympathies to his brothers, Dermot and Maurice, and his extended family.
The unexpected death of Peter Cosgrove, a 26 year old player and coach at Ballinrobe RFC and a native of Cong, Co.Mayo, was greeted with great sadness by the Connemara players, who knew him very well.
Connemara RFC have extended since sympathy to his family and members of Ballinrobe RFC.
Round Robin Draw Results:
1st: Matthew O’Sullivan, Lackagh, Co.Galway
2nd: John Sheridan, Roundstone
3rd: Michael Hunter, President of Instonians RFC, Belfast
4th: Josie Conneelly, Mannin, Ballyconneely
5th: Nicky Phelan, Dundalk RFC
Martin Little, chairman of the Connemara RFC pitch committee, is at present, with the help of Bernard Keaney & others, preparing the pitch for the upcoming Sevens tournament and next season’s fixtures. Already, the grounds have been closed and weed killer has been put in place; the land has also been rolled. Soon, the pitch will be reseeded and a certain amount of drainage renewal is to be undertaken at the corner of the pitch, next to the entrance.
Special sand, as recommended by the agrarian experts, is on it’s way.
The pitch was in excellent shape last year and was playable at all times, despite the heavy fixture list, training sessions and inclement weather conditions.
The reply of the Connacht J2A League final will take place in Galway on Sunday. The first final, against Corinthians, ended 11-11 and the replayed fixture will take place next Sunday.
Like the first fixture, we hope the game is attended as well by Connemara’s travelling support.
John O’Sullivan/Matt O’Sullivan