Sportsground

  • Connacht In Expansive Mood

    Connacht want to redevelop the Sportsground or build a new stadium with a capacity of around 10,000 in the next four years, according to the province's new strategic plan for 2016-20. Speaking at the launch of their ‘Vision and Strategy’ document - which is entitled 'Grassroots to Green Shirts' - at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, chief executive Willie 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 neg...

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  • Connacht CEO to Retire

    ... right now, it leaves the path clear for the recruitment process to start so the right candidate can be in place for the start of next season." "I have seen dramatic changes to the sport over the years. I remember there being less than 1000 people in the Sportsground for Challenge Cup games in 1999 and then you had this season where we had over 9000 in the same venue for a Heineken Cup match - that's a tremendous growth figure." "For me personally I am delighted to see the expansion in youth and...

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  • The Boss - Gerry Kelly, Connacht

    ... European Challenge Cup in 2003/04 and the following season they were knocked out again in the last four by the eventual winners, Sale Sharks. This, though, is a mighty step up and Connacht, under Kelly, are going to great lengths to exploit it. The Galway Sportsground (hitherto with a capacity of just 5,000 with just one covered stand) now has a covered enclosure along the full length of its eastern side and work is ongoing on extending the terracing behind each of the goals. When Toulouse arri...

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  • Gavin Duffy Joins Connacht Commercial Team

    ... 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 developing and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders domestically and abroad. He said: "Working...

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  • Aldi Play Rugby In Ireland

    ... help encourage 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: ...

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  • Mahony Joins Connacht As Head Of Commercial & Marketing

    ... plan and deliver facilities that will enable each part of Connacht Rugby to deliver on its objectives. Key priorities include a ‘fit for purpose’ stadium, centres of excellence and improved club facilities across the province. On the topic of the Sportsground, which sold out for the last four games of the season, Ruane said, “First and foremost we need to decide what we’re doing with the stadium full stop and that’s a difficult one so if we want to incrementally improve where we’re...

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