Connacht Rugby’s longest serving current player Tiernan O’Halloran has signed a 1-year contract extension to continue his illustrious career with the club.

 

O’Halloran has made over 200 appearances for his native province since making his debut as an 18-year-old in the 2009/10 European Challenge Cup. In that time he was a starter and try scorer in the 2016 PRO12 Grand Final, and has made 6 appearances for the Ireland national team.

 

The Clifden full-back is one of just five players to reach the 200 mark for the club, and he says he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to further that number:

 

“Everyone knows what this club means to me so I’m really pleased to be able to enter my 14th season here. It’s been incredible to see the changes and the way the club has grown in that time, and I’m very fortunate to have played my part in that. I’m thankful to Connacht Rugby for giving me the opportunity to continue playing my rugby here and I’m excited by what we can achieve next season.”

 

Head Coach Andy Friend has added:

 

“Tiernan has given a huge amount to Connacht Rugby and his experience will be very beneficial for us as we continue to grow next season. We will have excellent strength in depth across the back three with Tiernan’s renewal and I know he will make another positive impact on the squad next season.”

The Sportsground played host to its first two finals of 2019 this afternoon when the U14B and U14C Schools Development League finals were contested.
 
The opening game saw Clifden Community School face off against Gort Community School in the U14C decider. The sides were scoreless at the break but the game opened up in the second half as Clifden eventually pulled away for a 26-5 victory.
 
Ronan Mannion, Damian Manning, Sean Connelly and Sebastian Smith were the try scorers for the Connemara side while the sole Gort score came from a Gabriel Castor effort.
 
The U14B final was the next to be decider, and while the opening contest avoided the infamous Sportsground rain, the schools of St. Muredachs and Athlone CC weren’t so lucky. In the end it was the Ballina side that won out 19-5 with Ronan Gallagher and Luca Duggan among the try scorers.
 
Well done to both teams and a thanks also to our two referees, Craig Reardon and Martin McDonald.
 




The Sportsground will play host to its first two finals of 2019 tomorrow for a Schools U14 Development League double-header.
 
First up at 11.45am Gort CS take on Clifden CS in the C Final, and that’ll be followed by the B Final between Athlone CC and St Muredach’s College at 1.15pm.
 
Entry is free to all who wish to come along and get their midweek rugby fix! Best of luck to all four teams.

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