The Dail Bar has long supported Connacht Rugby’s professional heavyweights, this week it renewed its commitment to Galway City’s grassroots rugby too, albeit a slightly more dainty demograph…

The Galwegians Womens team contests the national AIL Division One competition, currently holds the Paul Flood Trophy (Leinster Cup), and lost to national cup champions UL Bohemians in last year’s 6-3 semi-final. When they’re not cutting opposition backlines to bits across the Shannon they’re probably cutting shapes upstairs in The Dail.Dailweb_640x460

General Manager Barry Donovan was thrilled to renew the iconic bar’s support of the Galwegians Rugby…sorority, by way of financial assistance and in-kind sponsorship. 

Captain Emer O’Dowd said The Dail’s support of Connacht Rugby certainly raised its profile within the sport’s local support network. A Dail Bar patron throughout last season, ‘Wegians was one of several sporting contingents happy to bolster its reputation as one of the central city’s most popular weekend haunts.

Mr Donovan said it had enjoyed a groundswell of trade over the past few months whenever Connacht hosted RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup counterparts. 

Late last week both of Galwegians’ internationals landed for lunch, already fairly well-acquainted with the layout. Twelve-time capped blindside flanker Carol Staunton (pictured centre) and 2012 debutante Ruth O’Reilly are two among four Connacht players within the Six Nations framework this winter. Connacht captain and Cork student Ali Miller (wing/fullback) and UK-based openside flanker Claire Molloy comprise the other two.

Dail Bar brand and marketing manager Jayne O’Toole was thrilled to receive a Galwegians jersey, complete with Dail Bar naming, and said it would take pride of place alongside the Connacht jersey before too long. If last winter was anything to go by, the jersey won’t be the only Galwegians element in there either.



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