Voting is now OPEN for the Connacht Rugby 2018/19 Supporters’ Player of the Year Award, sponsored by Elverys.
 
Three players who have excelled on the field this year have been put forward for nomination by the official Connacht supporters group The Connacht Clan, and now it’s up to you to decide who’ll receive the accolade.
 
Caolin Blade, Jack Carty and Tom Farrell are your three nominees, so to vote just pick who you think deserves the award in the link below. Voting closes at lunchtime on Thursday 11th April.
 
The winner will be announced at the sold-out Connacht Rugby Awards Ball at The Salthill Hotel in Galway this Saturday!
 

Who should win the 2018/19 Connacht Rugby Supporters' Player of the Year Award?

Voting is now open for the 2018/19 Connacht Rugby Try of the Season award sponsored by the Irish Independent.
 
Three of our best tries have been selected by the Connacht management team, and now it’s up to you to decide which is the most deserving of the overall award at next week’s Connacht Rugby Awards.
 
The three tries up for nomination are:

  • Tiernan O’Halloran v Ulster (5th October 2018)
  • Jack Carty v Leinster (22nd December 2018)
  • Tiernan O’Halloran v Bordeaux (19th January 2019)

 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce the nominees for the 2018/19 Connacht Rugby Awards.
 
The awards take place at the Salthill Hotel on Saturday April 13th and will recognise the achievements of players, clubs, coaches and referees across a wide range of grades in the province.
 
In all there are 17 awards to be presented on the night which are listed below alongside the nominees for each category. As always there are a number of awards where you get to have a say, and this year they are the Fan’s Player of the Year and the Try of the Season awards – both of which you can vote on in the coming days.
 
We are also delighted to announce the recipients of two special awards. The Connacht Unsung Hero Award will be presented to Derek Niland, Mark Deegan and Jack Nohily for their sterling work at facilitating the inclusion rugby mornings at Corinthians RFC every Saturday morning. Meanwhile the Lifetime Contribution to Rugby Award will be presented to Dr. Anthony Browne for his contribution to rugby in Connacht stretching over 50 years as a player, coach and administrator.
 
Please note the Connacht Rugby Awards is a SOLD OUT event. To those lucky enough to grab a ticket, we look forward to joining you on a night of celebration on Saturday week!
 
U18 Player of the Year
Darragh Murray – Buccaneers / Colaiste Ciarain Athlone
Oisin McCormack – Ballinasloe / Colaiste Joseph
Donnacha Byrne – Sligo / Summerhill College
 
U19 Player of the Year
Diarmuid Kilcommins – Corinthians / Colaiste Ballyclair
Lucas Culliton – CC Roscrea
Diarmuid Kilgallen – CC Roscrea
 
U18 Girls Player of the Year
Aoibheann Reilly – Ballinasloe / Ard Scoil Mhuire
Beibhinn Parsons – Ballinasloe / Ard Scoil Mhuire
Lily Brady – Westport / Sacred Heart
 
Moment of the Season
Beibhinn Parson’s international debut
Mikey Kerin joins the ARCB
CBS Roscommon’s Schools Rugby breakthrough
 
Unsung Hero Award
RECIPIENTS: Derek Niland, Mark Deegan and Jack Nohilly
 
Referee of the Year
Dhani McGuire
Jason Cairns
Peter Gaughan
 
Coach of the Year
Dave Newman & JP Leonard – Ballina
Mike Devine & Kevin Tierney – Garbally College
Bernard Keaney & Henry O’Toole – Connemara
 
Women’s Club Player of the Year
Denise Redmond – Galwegians
Emma Fabby – Westport
Julie Lyons – NUIG
 
Women’s Player of the Year
Jill Draper – Tullamore
Edel McMahon – Galwegians
Orla Dixon – Galwegians
 
Junior Player of the Year
Henry O’Toole – Connemara
Eric Flynn – Corrib
Brian Diffley – Creggs
 
Senior Club Player of the Year
Ryan Feehily – Sligo
Michael O’Reilly – Corinthians
Calum Quinn – Ballina
 
Club of the Year
Creggs RFC
Ballina RFC
Sligo RFC
 
Academy Player of the Year
Colm de Buitléar
Matthew Burke
Conor Fitzgerald
 
Try of the Season
Tiernan O’Halloran v Ulster (5/10/18)
Jack Carty v Leinster (22/12/18)
Tiernan O’Halloran v Bordeaux (19/1/19)
 
Supporters’ Player of the Year
Caolin Blade
Jack Carty
Tom Farrell
 
Players’ Player of the Year
Jarrad Butler
Jack Carty
Colby Fainga’a
 
Lifetime Contribution to Rugby
RECIPIENT: Dr. Anthony Browne

Connacht Rugby are delighted to share the details of the 2018/19 Connacht Rugby Awards Ball – the evening when we crown the achievements of clubs, players, coaches and more across all levels of rugby in the province.
 
Here’s all you need to know about the night.
 
WHEN: Saturday 13th April 2019.
 
WHERE: Salthill Hotel, Galway.
 
WHAT’S ON: In total there are 17 awards to be announced on the night: They are as follows:

  • Men’s U18 Player of the Year
  • Women’s U18 Player of the Year
  • Men’s U19 Player of the Year
  • Referee of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Unsung Hero of the Year
  • Women’s Club Player of the Year
  • Women’s Player of the Year
  • Junior Club Player of the Year
  • Senior Club Player of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Portwest Club Moment of the Season
  • Academy Player of the Year
  • Try of the Year
  • Fans’ Player of the Year
  • Players’ Player of the Year
  • Lifetime Contribution to Connacht Rugby

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Attendees will enjoy a pre-meal drinks reception from 7pm followed by a 4-course meal with wine in conjunction with the awards ceremony. Live music will then be provided by the Weightless Astronauts followed by a DJ ’til late. During the night award goers will get the opportunity to mingle with the players and nominees to celebrate another busy season for Connacht Rugby on and off the pitch.
 
HOW MUCH: Tickets cost €110 per person and are available to purchase from Connacht Rugby by calling 091 561568. Tables of 10 are also available at a discounted rate of €1000.
 
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: A number of awards on the night will be available to sponsor by businesses. This will include two tickets, the opportunity to present the award on stage, exposure on the Connacht Rugby social channels to 250,000 followers, and plenty more. For further info please contact Jean O’Grady on [email protected]
 

Last Sunday at the 2017/18 Connacht Rugby Awards, Leo Galvin was honoured with the Lifetime Contribution to Rugby award in recognition of his inspiring commitment to his club, province and country.

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.

Leo Galvin with members of his family at Sunday’s Connacht Rugby Awards ©INPHO/James Crombie

During that time he also had the ultimate honour of wearing the green jersey of Ireland against Argentina in 1974 when he partnered the great Willie John McBride in the second row. To this day he remains the only person from Roscommon to play for Ireland. Unfortunately as Argentina were not recognised by the International Rugby Board, caps were not awarded for games played against them. However speaking in John Scally’s book 100 Irish Rugby Greats, Galvin said that didn’t sour his appearance in the Ireland green.

“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.

Leo Galvin (centre) in 2010 during his days on the IRFU committee

His playing days came to an end, but his association with Connacht Rugby was only just beginning. He served as an administrator for Connacht Rugby and IRFU over many years – a true reflection of his desire to give back to the community and an inspiring example of everything that is great about volunteerism.

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.

Leo Galvin (front left) alongside the fellow winners at the 2017/18 Connacht Rugby Awards ©INPHO/James Crombie

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