New President of the Connacht Branch IRFU – Eamonn Feely


Connacht Rugby’s new President, Eamonn Feely, has a long association with the Branch having been immersed in the administration of the Branch since joining in 1984.

Eamonn has a distinguished background in administration for Connacht Rugby, having been the Assistant Treasurer under Galwegian clubmate Shane O’Mahony for 8 years and in 1992 becoming the Treasurer of the Branch.

Mr Eamonn Feely350Eamonn’s rugby career began playing for Tuam RFC. As well as reaching Junior Challenge Cup and Ard na Cregg finals with the club, the versatile hooker applied his administration skills at committee level, holding the role of Honorary Secretary for eight years before work brought him into Galway city. Working for Hygeia, Eamonn joined local side Galwegians and swiftly became a regular fixture on their committee, becoming the Chairman of Youths for three years along with a host of other roles.

When work colleague and then IRFU President JJ Moore encouraged Eamonn to get involved with Connacht Rugby in the eighties the path was set for nearly three decades of service for the current Hygeia Finance Director.

Eamonn takes over from outgoing President Aidan O’Halloran and speaking about the role had this to say:

“I’m honoured to take up the position of President of Connacht Rugby. I am very conscious of the office and the legacy I am taking over, this is not about Eamonn Feely but about representing the office of President of the Branch.”

“The role allows me to be a facilitator, available to everyone from mini clubs to the professional side, to help out in any way possible and I hope to make a positive contribution to this office while I’m here.”

“I am really looking forward to kicking off a great season this Saturday, the first time we have welcomed Wasps to Galway. It’s testament to the great work being done here at Connacht Rugby that we can attract a club with such an illustrious history as Wasps to the Sportsground and I’m sure it will provide new Head Coach Pat Lam with a tough challenge ahead of the new season.”


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