Galway

  • Connacht Announce NUI Galway Partnership

    Connacht have announced a partnership with the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), which aims to further the sporting, academic, research and educational links between the two organisations. The university will offer a structured third level education to Connacht’s Rugby Academy and the age grade representative sides and NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne says the intention is “to provide professional players with the opportunity to combine third level study with a profess...

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  • Connacht In Expansive Mood

    ... Ruane said they want to have a “clear idea by the end of this summer” about the way forward regarding their ground and he also said negotiations with the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), from whom the province lease the stadium, have already begun. The Galway venue is sold out for Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 semi-final against Glasgow Warriors and Ruane believes that they could have doubled their 7,800 capacity for that game. “The stadium is something we have as one of our utmost priorities,...

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  • Gavin Duffy Joins Connacht Commercial Team

    Connacht have appointed former captain Gavin Duffy as senior development executive within their commercial and marketing department. Duffy, who has a Commerce Degree from NUI Galway and a BA in strength and conditioning from Setanta College, will take up the role in July following the birth of his second child. In the full time position based at the Sportsground in Galway, Duffy will be charged with driving new business with local, regional and national enterprise as well as continually developi...

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  • The Boss - Gerry Kelly, Connacht

    ... first-time qualification for the Heineken Cup is a source of huge pride in the West of Ireland as the traditional “Cinderella” province of Irish rugby truly arrives in the big time. Overseeing it all is Gerry Kelly, who has been chief executive of the Galway-based branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) since 1998. Kelly is a former rugby coach and headmaster of Garbally College, Ballinasloe - one of the region’s premier schools - and has seen the professional team evolve from the...

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  • Ireland World Cup Bid Boosted By GAA

    ... World Cup after the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) voted to allow some of the country's biggest stadiums to be used.A total of 93 per cent of delegates at the GAA's annual congress agreed to allow grounds in Dublin, Belfast, Thurles, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Castlebar used for Gaelic sports to be part of a proposed bid by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), said to be worth €250m (£212m) to the nation's economy.The list includes Dublin's Croke Park (pictured) - the spiritual home of...

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  • Ireland Name 2023 Bid Stadiums

    ... such as the Aviva Stadium, the RDS, Thomond Park in Limerick and Belfast's Kingspan at Ravenhill were listed alongside eight GAA venues including Croke Park, Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Cork), Casement Park (Belfast), Fitzgerald Stadium (Kerry), Pearse Stadium (Galway), McHale Park (Mayo), Nowlan Park (Kilkenny) and Celtic Park (Derry). It has been forecast that hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2023 could provide a €2 billion boost to the local economy.    Rugby chiefs say this would be the biggest eve...

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  • Dermody Leaves Leinster For HRI

    ... horse racing and to get the opportunity to work as part of the senior team at Horse Racing Ireland is a challenge that really excites me. The racing year is littered with many of the major events in the Irish sporting calendar, not least this week’s Galway races, and I look forward to working with all racecourses to develop their product and the interest therein.”  ...

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  • Ulster Bank Roadshow To Advise Irish Clubs

    ... sports business publishing and events organiser, Sport for Business is hitting the road over the next three weeks with a special “Help for What Matters” Rugby Club Roadshow backed by Ulster Bank and supported by the IRFU. The roadshow will visit Galway (Feb 28th), Limerick (Mar 5th), Cork (6th), Dublin (7th) and Belfast (13th) providing practical knowledge and help in areas of importance to clubs ranging from sponsorship and fundraising through to grant application and building a place for...

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  • Connacht Appoint Boyle As Head Of Operations

    ... the province. Prior to joining the national governing body for mountaineering in 2010 where he developed and implemented significant operational plans, Boyle served for more than 12 years with the Defence Forces. He is a graduate of commerce from NUI Galway and has a master’s of business administration from Dublin City University. A native of Claremorris, he is also a former Mayo inter-county footballer and captained successful teams at both underage and senior level for Claremorris GAA club....

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  • Aldi Play Rugby In Ireland

    ... children and young people to be active." In other sponsorship activity in Ireland, Connacht Rugby has signed an agreement with Grant Thornton, the professional services firm, for the 2016/17 naming rights of the new seated stand at the Sportsground in Galway. The Grant Thornton Seated Stand will be in place for all of Connacht Rugby’s home games and offers a new outdoor, seated option for 290 supporters.  Commenting on the announcement, Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane said: “We are delight...

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