Connemara RFC staged a wonderful late lunch recently in Lansdowne Road, in honour of a late, great friend, Ian Burns.
Ian, who was capped for Ireland, and his wife, Jackie, as well as colleague and friend, Billy O’Gorman, have had a holiday home overlooking the Atlantic in Ballyconneely.
All three, and their families and friends, were part of the local scene and enjoyed Connemara life.
Ian sadly passed away almost two years ago and is a huge loss to the whole area, where he was always welcome and at home.
After his death, a memorial service was held in Christchurch, Clifden, where Reverend Stan Evans was a great host. Many of his friends- locals and visitors alike- visited.
Martin Little, a long time friend with his wife, Lillian, organised a small committee to run a function at Lansdowne Road in his memory.
The main sponsor was Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, as well as other great sponsors from the area.
The function, the evening prior to the Ireland-Italy Six Nations game, raised some €21,000 from the 200 attendees. This will help the purchase and development of 11 acres of land adjoining Connemara Rugby Club.
A huge debt is owed to Jackie, her family, Billy and friends, as well as the huge work done by Toni Wall and to the Little family and many helpers.
Michael Cosgrave, former Connacht player, was a great MC for the event.
Connemara RFC are honoured to be associated with the Burns family and their friends.
A huge debt of gratitude to all supporters and sponsors, regarding Ian Burns’ memorial lunch at Lansdowne Road and all who bought tables and purchased our auction items.
We hope not to forget anybody who helped in any way, big or small.
- Keogh’s Bar and Restaurant, Ballyconneely
- Graham and Saoirse Roberts, Bunowen
- Connemara Sands Hotel, Ballyconneely
- Vaughan’s Hotel, Roundstone
- Nicholas Griffin of O’Dowd’s, Roundstone
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, main sponsor
- Shane Bisgood, clay pigeon shooting, Ballynahinch
- Lough Inagh Valley Hotel
- Renvyle House Hotel
- Oliver’s of Cleggan
- John King- Kingfisher, Cleggan
- John Britain- Bluewater
- John Ryan
- Joe Bosch- artist, Clifden
- Cathal Joyce, Clifden
- Abbey Glen Castle Hotel, Clifden
- Rosleague Manor
- Foyles Hotel
- Paddy and Julia Foyle of Quay House
- EJ Kings
- Derryclare Restaurant
- John Malone Butchers
- Mannin Bay Fisheries
- Station House Hotel, Clifden
- Mark Barr, Derrygimla
- Tottenham Hotspur jersey- courtesy of Harry Kane
- Gannon’s Sports- Connemara jerseys
- Shelbourne Hotel
- Zaragoza restaurant
- Mark Clegg and Shanahans on the Green
- Connemara Golf Club
- The Helm Bar and Restaurant, Westport
- Josie Conneely
- Derry Shaw
- Atholl Palace Hotel, Scotland- Fionn Mac Cumhail
- Off The Square- PJ and Maureen Heffernan
- Guys Bar and Restaurant
Dermot Bray RIP:
Sad news today, 5th May 2016, upon the death of Dermot Bray, formerly of Ardbear, Clifden.
Dermot worked as a teacher in the Clifden community school from 1969 until his retirement. He was a keen basketball coach and had huge success in the field as well as being involved in FCA success. He was a great supporter of the school ethos of a “healthy mind and healthy mind” and will be sadly missed by his hundreds of students and Basketball players, who benefitted greatly from his tutelage. He was a keen supporter of Connemara RFC.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Joan, and sons, Andrew, Adrian and Derek and daughters, Corina, Lavinia. May he rest in peace.
Connemara Rugby Lotto:
The Connemara rugby lotto jackpot is now in excess of €11,000. All funds go towards the development and support of underage and senior athletes alike.
Some 35 girls and ladies have expressed interest in playing rugby and the club is anxiously asking former players and coaches to work with the clubs burgeoning ladies rugby teams.
Two years, Connemara ladies joined up with Dunmore ladies and won the Connacht U18 league.
Some of our ladies are playing with other Connacht clubs, including Darwin O’Halloran who has played for Connacht ladies.
Ian Heanue, Eugene Conroy and David McDonagh all represented the Connacht Junior interprovincial side against Ulster last weekend. David McDonagh, Connemara captain, scored the try of the game.
Former Connemara player Mark Foyle and his wife, Regina, were delighted upon the birth of their son, Robert Michael, this week.
Mark, as well as being an outstanding player, is currently a Connemara RFC underage coach.
Connacht League Final:
Connemara U18’s suffered a heartbreaking league final defeat against Sligo in Castlebar last Sunday.
The young blacks were leading by a solitary point until the last play of the game, until a late Sligo score snatched a victory.
A soccer friendly between Mannions Bar XI and a Irish supporters club XI will take place on the rugby pitch on May 7th. This is the last game to be played on the pitch before it is reseeded, rolled and dressed. Specifically designated sand has been ordered and other improvements will be carried out. Pitch manager Martin Little has recruited a number of helpers, re this work. Recently, a agronomist has submitted advice for best practice for the renewal of the grounds