Connacht visit a great success

Player Shane Leyden pictured with Ellen Gallagher, Sophie McGreal, Andrea Feeney and Rachel McLoughlin all from Drumkeerin.
Connacht Squad visit: On Friday last, Carrick on Shannon RFC hosted Connacht Rugby team Manager, Pat Lam and the Connacht Rugby squad.

Connacht Squad visit: On Friday last, Carrick on Shannon RFC hosted Connacht Rugby team Manager, Pat Lam and the Connacht Rugby squad.

On arrival of the Connacht squad to the pitch, Club President Sean McKeon whisked away some injured players from the open session to visit local community groups who weren’t able to make it to the pitch.

Accompanied by Club Secretary Aoife Kelly and Leitrim Observer photographer Willie Donnellan, the Connacht players visited the Irish Wheelchair Association Centre, St. Ciaran’s Day Service and St. Patrick’s Community Hospital.

Back at the pitch, it was an incredible sight to see as many as 10 different schools send buses of children to watch their heroes train and a total attendance in excess of 700 was estimated to have been at the venue.

Local lad Shane Layden was also looking sharp throughout the session getting to display his skill-set in front of his home crowd with his proud parents looking on.

Some of the Connacht stars who had played for the Eagles the previous evening didn’t take part in the contact part of the session, however they were quick to engage with the crowd and enthusiastically signed autographs and memorabilia.

The session ended with Pat Lam bringing his squad together and unusually, drilled his players in front of the crowd on what their favourite subject in school was along with their favourite ice-cream flavour before inviting all the children onto the field for 45 minute training session with the players and coaching staff.

Around 1:30 the squad left the facility for a quick clean-up and session in Aura followed by food in Murtagh’s bar, however not without first complementing the club on the fantastic pitch they had developed. The squad promised to return and will be welcomed back with open arms.

Finally, massive congratulations also goes to Carrick RFC and volunteers for a well organised event and a thoroughly enjoyed day by all.

On-line Sports Prediction Quiz: A big thank you to all the entrants for the huge response of our Sports Prediction Quiz resulting in the deadline being extended to last Friday. A League table will be posted on our Club Website in the near future for entrants to keep track of their scores and predictions. Watch this space for more information soon.

Senior Men’s: Carrick’s Senior Men’s team have their next Connacht Junior 2 League game at home to Galwegians RFC on Sunday February 22, ko 2:30.

Women’s Team: The Canterbury Warriors next Connacht Cup game will be against Castlebar RFC at home on Sunday at 1pm. For more information, please call Aoife 087 4101155.

U16: The Under 16s/15s have training this coming Saturday in preparation for the upcoming Under 15 Cup and Shield competitions. It’s still not too late to get in touch to learn rugby and become part of this growing squad. New players will be especially welcome and will benefit from the skills they will learn and the comradery of these tough 14 and 15 year olds.

U14: Carrick Under 14s have a home game this Sunday 15/02/2015 against Connemara RFC. KO is at 12pm. All welcome to watch a guaranteed dinger of a match, free of charge.

U13: The U13 have training this week in preparation for their upcoming Cup games. To be part of these winning squads, please contact: call or text, Aidan on 086 3867960 or email;

Minis: On Saturday, February 14, Carrick Minis will be taking a ‘romantic’ trip to Cavan for a Mini Blitz. KO tbc and time to meet at KFC for carpooling will be texted/emailed to all parents during the week.

Cancelled Home Blitz: Unfortunately last Saturday due to the terrible weather after a pitch inspection, our planned Mini Blitz with Sligo had to be cancelled. This Mini Blitz will be rescheduled to 28/02/2015.

Clobber 4 CRFC: We will be having another Collection of Clobber 4 Club in March before the season ends. Please let your neighbours, friends and relations know, as your old clobber can help us improve the facilities for your child/our player, the club and our community. CRFC is a not for profit, voluntary club.