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One hundred and thirty years of Connacht Rugby

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The Connacht branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union was formed on December 8, 1885 in Corless’ Burlington Dining Rooms, Andrew Street, and Church Lane, Dublin. The meeting took place after the first time Connacht played as a province in a match against Leinster. The clubs represented at the meeting were Ballinasloe, Castlebar, Galway Grammar School, Galway Town, Queen’s College Galway, and Ranelagh School, Athlone.

Mayo sides given testing Connacht Cup tasks

There are eight Mayo sides left in the Connacht Junior Cup after last Sunday’s third round of action. The competition now moves forward to the last 16 with only three games between those remaining and a place in the final. The first of those fourth round games takes place this Sunday when Manulla host St Patrick’s in Carramore at 2pm. The Galway side currently are sitting second bottom of the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division with just one win from their 11 games so far this season. Manulla will be hoping they have the quality to breach a defence that has conceded 36 goals in league football already this season.

Westport United left to fly the flag

It is all down to Westport United if the Mayo League are to have an interest in the FAI Junior Cup in the latter stages of the competition. The aristocrats of Mayo soccer are the last side left in the competition after both Iorras Aontaithe and Ballyhaunis Town bowed out at the fifth round stage a few weeks before Christmas. This Sunday Westport United will take on New Ross Celtic in a game re-fixed from mid-December, with kick-off in the Sportspark at 2pm on Sunday.

Westport United left to fly the flag

It’s all down to Westport United if the Mayo League are to have an interest in the FAI Junior Cup post Christmas. The aristocrats of Mayo soccer are the last side left in the competition after both Iorras Aontaithe and Ballyhaunis Town bowed out of the competition at the fifth round stage of the competition last week.

Henshaw and Ah You to boost Connacht’s fortunes against Scarlets

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Connacht's internationals have been made available for tomorrowa Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets at the Galway Sportsground.

Westport United and Ballyhaunis Town book fifth round spots

In the end it was easier than expected, but Westport United are in the fifth round of the FAI Junior Cup alongside fellow Mayo teams, Iorras Aontaithe and Ballyhaunis Town, in three weeks’ time.

New Connacht additions are a real boost

Connacht return to Guinness Pro 12 action against Zebre at the Sportsground tomorrow evening (7.35pm) with some key players expected to give the province a boost.

Buccs looking to build on Belfast win

Buccaneers host Dublin University at Dubarry Park, Athlone on Saturday afternoon in a key Ulster Bank League Division 1B tie.

Connacht take training to Henshaw’s home club

Connacht Rugby awaits this afternoon’s Ireland team announcement for news of Robbie Henshaw’s expected selection for the first of the Guinness Autumn Series against South Africa on Saturday.

Buccs hope to respond up north

Buccaneers travel north on Saturday to take on Belfast Harlequins in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B fixture which kicks off in Deramore Park, just off the Malone Road, at 2.30pm.

 

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