An Ghaeltacht Rugbai hosted 25 teams from 10 clubs around Ireland on Saturday, the fledgling rugby outpost outdid itself on sport and sunshine.ConCup48

While temperatures failed to break 20degC, sun reigned supreme enhancing what is fast-becoming a high-profile and much sought-after spectacle. The fact Greystones, Dundalk and Gorey (Leinster), and Old Crescent (Munster) landed with full teams spoke volumes for the calibre of competition.

Monivea, An Ghaeltacht, Connemara, Corinthians, Claremorris and Na Bairneachai fronted for Connacht.

ConCup60Aside from parents and coaches from throughout the Republic, Connacht premier players Andrew Browne, Dave Nolan, and Mark McCrea also landed out “wesht”.

There also were members of the recently-crowned Under15 Connacht Cup champions, Corinthians/An Ghaeltacht, who drew nil-all in a frostbitten final on the Sportsground over Easter and won the ensuing replay four days later 14-8.

The irrepressible Cian Quinn scored a runaway try splitting the Sligo defence after a pitch-perfect back flick from centre Padhi Mac Cormaic. Mac Cormaic had already endeared himself to the sizable Corinthians/Ghaeltacht entourage knocking over three penalties, two of which from 44m and 50m out.ConCup57

Hardly satisfied with Thursday’s silverware, the 15s bolstered their trophy ranks on Saturday surpassing the Conamara Blacks 25-5.

Old Crescent was the pick of the visitors claiming the Under13 trophy 21-5 over a plucky Claremorris.





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