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.”

 

Connacht Captain John Muldoon has announced that following 17 years with the province, he is to retire at the end of the 2017/18 season. Muldoon has represented his home province over 300 times and captained Connacht to success in the PRO12 Championship in 2016.

Announcing his decision earlier today, John Muldoon said: “I am a proud Connacht man and I have been involved with the province for the past 17 years. I have been on an incredible journey during that time but sadly all good things come to an end and for me that time is the end of this season. I have been honoured and humbled to wear the Connacht jersey and particularly to be given the opportunity to captain my home province.

I’d like to thank everyone at Connacht Rugby, especially coaches and players both past and present. Also, to My wife Lorna and my wonderful family for their constant support down through the years. The Connacht supporters have also been incredible throughout my career and have made the Sportsground a fortress where I have always been immensely proud to play and represent this fantastic province. I am determined to finish my career on a high and for the remainder of the season I will be doing everything in my power to bring further success to Connacht.”

 

Paying tribute to John Muldoon, CEO of Connacht Rugby, Willie Ruane said: “On behalf of Connacht Rugby and indeed the people of Connacht I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Muldoon for the incredible contribution he has made both on and off the pitch and in particular the manner in which he has represented his home province over a long and illustrious career.

During that time John has shown unwavering commitment and loyalty to Connacht Rugby and has been a leader in everything that we have been trying to achieve during that time.

John Muldoon has represented the people of Connacht with massive pride and he epitomises everything that is great about the west of Ireland. John has always remained a very humble, grounded and honest individual, someone we are proud to call one of our own and someone I am extremely proud to have worked with during my own time here.

I wish him and his family all the very best in his retirement from the game and in the years beyond.”

 

 

The IRFU and Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that Tiernan O’Halloran has extended his contract with Connacht up to the end of the 2019/20 season. O’Halloran made his Connacht debut in October 2009 while still a Connacht Academy player and has since made over 130 appearances for the province. He has also earned 6 caps for Ireland, his most recent coming during the summer tour of the USA.  O’Halloran grew up in Clifden Co Galway and played his underage rugby with Connemara.

 

Commenting on the signing, Connacht Rugby CEO, Willie Ruane said: “We are delighted to announce that Tiernan O’Halloran has signed a contract extension to take him up to the end of the 2019/20 season. Tiernan is a Connacht man who has graduated through the club game, into our academy and on to wear the Green jersey of Connacht and Ireland. He is an example of what our Grassroots to Green Shirts Vision represents. He has been an outstanding player for us over the past few seasons and will no doubt be a central figure for us as we target further success in the seasons ahead”.

 

Commenting on his contract extension, Tiernan O’Halloran added:

“I am a proud Connacht man and am delighted to be extending my contract with my home province for a further two years. The current squad is an ambitious group and we are determined to bring further success to Connacht. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Connacht supporters who have been loyal to me and the entire team season after season.”

 

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