The Connacht Rugby squad and management paid a trip to Ballina RFC today (Wednesday 11th July), which was playing host to the annual Connacht Rugby Summer Camps with official partners totalhealth Pharmacy.

Over 60 local kids got to mingle and play games with the Connacht squad, while new head coach Andy Friend was also making his first visit to one of the 26 clubs around the province.

There’s still 11 camps taking place over the next month, and bookings can be made now on community.connachtrugby.ie.

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The Connacht Rugby squad and management team will travel to Ballina on Wednesday 11th July to meet members of the local rugby club and Ballina community.

The trip will take place in conjunction with the Connacht Rugby Summer Camp which will be held at the club throughout week. The visit to Ballina is the first in a number of club and community visits that the squad have planned for the upcoming season.

Ballina RFC are coming off a hugely successful season during which they secured a return to the Ulster Bank League with victory in the All-Ireland Qualifiers and won the Cawley Cup, Connacht Junior Cup and Connacht Junior League. Their achievements on and off the field were acknowledged in May when they were named Connacht Rugby Club of the Year at the annual Connacht Rugby Awards.

During the visit to Ballina the Connacht players will take part in a number of drills and games with the kids who will also get opportunities for autographs and pose for photos afterwards.

The week-long Connacht Rugby Summer Camps are taking place in conjunction with official partners ‘Totalhealth Pharmacy’. There are a number of places available at the Summer Camp in Ballina and the 17 other venues that will host camps over the next six weeks. Places can be booked by visiting community.connachtrugby.ie.

Connacht Rugby would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sean Calleary following his passing over the weekend. Sean was a former President of the Connacht Branch of the IRFU and his local club Ballina RFC.

In the 1950s he was a key player for Connacht on the field, and in 1958 he was part of the Connacht side that defeated Ulster in Ravenhill. During his playing days he also represented Galwegians RFC as well as Garbally College and University College Galway.

Away from the Rugby pitch he was best known for his incredible contribution to Irish public service. He held a number of ministerial posts including Minister of State at the Department of Public Service from 1979 to 1981, at the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism in 1982 and at the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1987.

Paying tribute to Sean Calleary, CEO of Connacht Rugby, Willie Ruane said: “On behalf of Connacht Rugby I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Sean Calleary. Throughout his life he represented the west of Ireland to the highest standards through sport and his contribution to Irish public service. On the sad occasion of his passing, we acknowledge the immense legacy that he has left behind.”

 

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