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with a fancy new kit this year, rugby rookie Colaiste Einde unveiled its own high-tech figure-hugging strip on Thursday.

The venture marked a co-operative effort between the college, The IRFU and Connacht Branch, and two local businesses.EindeKit_640x377

IRFU senior vice president Billy Glynn met with junior captain Aaron Byrne, coaches Alan and Dan Deegan, St Enda’s principal Siobhan Quinn, college rugby master Dave O’Sullivan and about two dozen well-dressed youngsters to offer national union support. On board this winter is also Maher’s Foodstuffs’ Kevin Maher, another benefactor lending his weight to the Enda’s rugby fraternity. Cara Office, in the Liosbaun Estate, pledged financial assistance also.

Mrs Quinn said quite aside from the efforts exerted by pupils while practicing and playing, it was both humbling and heartening that EindeGlynn_640x523the college support network extended beyond Threadneedle Road.

Senior vice president Glynn added that Connacht and Irish rugby won whenever the sport gained a foothold in the province’s colleges. Ireland’s west has long been a GAA stronghold, and behind soccer and basketball, rugby often struggled to compete for playing numbers well down the sporting hierarchy. Colaiste Einde contested the Supermacs Development Cup this season but encountered recent rugby frontrunner Marist Athlone first up, acquitted themselves well, but progressed no further in this winter’s competition.

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StEnda’s junior captain Aaron Byrne stands resplendent in the college’s new playing kit. Flanking him from left are Connacht Rugby coaching development manager Eamonn Molloy, college rugby master Dave O’Sullivan, sponsor Kevin Maher (Maher’s Foodstuffs), Connacht player Johnny O’Connor, and Billy Glynn, Connacht Branch senior vice president (far right).

“We’d only love to give you more” Connacht Branch senior vice president Billy Glynn, at St Enda’s on Thursday presenting the college with a rugby development cheque.

“We’re a proud unit, now we can look the part too” Colaiste Einde team captain Aaron Byrne (at right) thanks sponsor Kevin Maher (Maher’s Foodstuffs), and Billy Glynn and Eamonn Molloy of Connacht Branch for their collective support in providing a new high-tech playing strip.

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