The Connacht Schools Senior Cup celebrated its 100th year this season, with Garbally College wining the first title in 1913.Since then there has been a long and illustrious history associated with the competition and to mark the centenary school principals and rugbymasters from across the province were invited to an event hosted by the Connacht Branch before last Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 match at the Sportsground.

Schools Chairman Paul Kilraine was the MC for the evening, which was set in the Pavilion Club at the Sportsground and he introduced the guest speaker, former Irish Schools Selector and Connacht CEO, Gerry Kelly.

Mr Kelly entertained the 40 strong crowd and paid tribute to the competition, the schools that have been involved over the years and the people, and characters, that have kept it at such a high standard for the last century.

Following the event members headed to the stands to see Connacht take on Glasgow in the final match of the season. It was fitting that such a historic occasion was also marked by the end of an era, with Head Coach Eric Elwood stepping down after 24 years with the club, leaving this as one celebration of rugby that will live long in the memories of those involved.

 Kilraine and Glynn  Gerry Kelly schools  Officers Davies and Corcoran 
 New Inn  Loftus and Couper  Fahy and Roche  WP

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