History was made last night when Ann Heneghan was elected the first ever female President of Connacht Rugby.

Ms. Heneghan, originally from Partry in Co. Mayo and now living in Galway, is the first woman to hold a Presidential role at provincial level in Irish rugby. She was initially elected Junior Vice-President in May 2018 and Senior Vice-President last summer.

She has served in a number other positions within the provinces governance structures, most notably as Chairperson of the Connacht Rugby Disciplinary Committee. She was also Chairperson of the Connacht Rugby Supporters Club during the time in which the future of the province was under threat in 2003.

Ms. Heneghan runs a law firm based in Galway and Claremorris, and more recently she has been appointed as a Judicial Officer for World Rugby, facilitating on cases across a range of competitions.

Her election occurred in a unique online Connacht Rugby AGM last night, and she will now have the distinct honour of holding the position of President when Connacht Rugby marks its 135th anniversary in December.

Commenting on her election, Ann Heneghan says:

“It is a great honour to be elected as President of Connacht Rugby. Having been involved with the Supporters Club at a time when the future of Connacht Rugby was in jeopardy, it is particularly pleasing to see how the Province has grown and flourished over the intervening years. I am particularly looking forward to engaging with all of the volunteers involved in the game across the province. Connacht Rugby’s vision of “Grassroots to Green Shirts” reflects the ambition we have for the game at all levels and I look forward to playing my part on the next stage of that journey.

While it will be a different type of season, I look forward to bringing my experience from different roles to this position and I relish the opportunity to be involved, at a historic time for Connacht Rugby as we celebrate 135 years of rugby in the Province.”

We are now accepting nominations from suitable candidates for two voluntary positions in Connacht Rugby.

The Board of Connacht Rugby is  inviting nominations for the following volunteer roles; Chairperson of the Women’s Rugby Committee and Co-ordinator Club & Community Rugby Committee (C&CRC).

 

Process
Clubs and members are invited to nominate individuals for these roles by emailing their nomination to [email protected]. These nominated individuals do not have to be a member of any club.

The individuals nominated must then submit a cover letter and CV. The cover letter must outline why the applicant wishes to be considered for the role, demonstrate that they have both the experience and fulfill competencies related to the particular role (see role descriptions) and what they believe they will add to Connacht Rugby.

All nominations and associated applications must be emailed to [email protected] no later than 3pm on Friday 21st of September.

Those shortlisted will be invited to interview on the following week.

Please click on the following links for each role description.

Should you have any questions or require any further information please email [email protected].

 

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce Four Star Pizza as a new official partner with the province and sponsor of Half Time Mini Rugby in the Sportsground.

 

Half Time Mini Rugby is an all-inclusive new initiative which involves teams from U8s up to U12s, all girls teams and Connacht’s Disability Rugby teams playing at half-time of Connacht’s competitive home games in the Sportsground. All 27 clubs in the province will be represented as part of the initiative.

 

Announcing the new partnership, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Connacht Rugby, Brian Mahony said: “We are delighted to welcome Four Star Pizza on board as an official partner of Connacht Rugby. We place a huge emphasis on the development of the domestic club game here in the province. The Half Time Mini Rugby, now sponsored by Four Star Pizza, brings together the club game and our match day experience in the Sportsground.”

 

Brian Clarke, Director of Four Star Pizza commented ‘We are proud to become an official partner of Connacht Rugby and in particular in supporting the youth teams in the province by becoming sponsor of the Half Time Mini Rugby in the Sportsground. We look forward to the season ahead with Connacht Ruby and continuing to bring the tastiest pizza to the province.”

 

Four Star Pizza is a wholly Irish-owned Pizza chain, established in 1988, and operates 49 stores across the island of Ireland, including two in Galway. Four Star Pizza is renowned for its pizza dough which is freshly prepared by hand on site daily by passionate and expertly trained pizza doughologists.

 

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are delighted to announce Joe Gorham as the new Domestic Rugby Manager. He will head up the area of Club & Community for the province.

Joe replaces Eric Elwood who, after two years in the role, was recently appointed Academy Manager.

Before taking up the role at the Sportsground, Joe was employed as the Galway GAA Commercial Manager and prior to that, worked in the banking sector for over 30 years.

He has a long history of involvement with Connacht Rugby at all levels of the game. Joe represented Connacht Rugby and played with Connemara, Corinthians, Ballina and Ballinrobe RFC throughout his playing career.

Joe went on to coach Corinthians RFC at underage level before managing the Connacht Under-18’s and the Irish U-18’s sides during a period that saw the emergence of both Ronan Loughney and John Muldoon.

Joe also had a deep involvement in GAA over the years representing Galway, Mayo and Sligo at Senior Intercounty level and was a key member of the Galway Football Management Team.

Commenting on the new appointment, CEO Willie Ruane said:

“We are delighted to welcome Joe to Connacht Rugby. He has had a deep involvement with rugby across many different levels and brings with him an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the club and community game within the province.

“I have no doubt that he will build on the great work that Eric and the wider Club & Community team have already delivered.”

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