It is almost impossible to quantify the number of rugby men and women in Connacht who have been positively impacted by Leo Galvin's dedication to the sport. Whether it be as a player or administrator, his contribution to the province is clear for all to see. Now, the role he has played in Connacht Rugby's development is not only fully acknowledged but indeed forever remembered.
As a young player Leo represented Garbally College while he was also selected on the UCD Team of the Century, a clear indication of his on-field quality from a young age.
Those qualities would develop him further into one of the province's all-time greats. He went on to represent Connacht over three decades, including such highlights as playing against an All Blacks side that fielded great players like Grant Batty and Sid Going.
"It would have been nice to get a cap but it was such an honour to have played for Ireland and donning the Irish jersey, and that honour was all I needed" he said. "It is nice to see that jersey I wore that day is hanging on the wall in the rugby club in Athlone".
Leo was and continues to be extremely proud of his club and local roots. He served as captain of Athlone RFC while his hometown of Taughmaconnell, Co. Roscommon beamed with pride at how their local hero made such waves across the rugby scene. For a town not generally regarded as a major rugby stronghold, to have one of their sons make such an impact on the sport is something that will live long in the memory.
As a former President of Athlone RFC, he was also one of the driving forces behind the club's amalgamation with Ballinasloe to form Buccaneers RFC, joining Division 3 of the All-Ireland League for the 1993/94 season. On the provincial scene he served as President of Connacht Rugby for the 2002-2003 season and remains and active follower at all levels.
Connacht Rugby were honoured to bestow Leo with the accolade at The Galmont on Sunday night on what was a very proud day for the Galvin family.