Connemara RFC

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Connemara RFC
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Monastery Field, home ground of Connemara RFC
Full name Connemara Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Nickname(s) The Blacks
Founded 1974
Ground(s) Monastery Field, Clifden
Chairman Aidan O'Halloran
President Des Fogerty
Coach(es) James Kilkenny
Captain(s) Barry Gibbons
League(s) Connacht Junior League 1A

Connemara RFC is an Irish rugby team based in Clifden, Connacht. They play in Connacht Junior League in Division 1A. The club colour is all black, based on the colours of a popular fishing fly called the Connemara black. The club formerly played senior rugby for over a decade.


Rugby was first played in the Connemara area around the 1920s, with the men working at the Marconi Station taking on a Clifden team in friendly matches. Back in the 1940s, schools with students from the area included Blackrock, Castleknock and Clongowes. The club came about as a result of the rugby players among them wanting to continue playing in the school holidays. Their first match, against Galway Corinthians on St Stephen's Day in 1946, ended in a 6-6 draw.

Current Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union

Emmet Ferrons (c) Prop Ireland Ireland
Barry Gibbons Hooker Ireland Ireland
Alan Pryce Prop Ireland Ireland
Bernard Keaney Lock Ireland Ireland
Richie Byrne Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Cathal King Flanker Ireland Ireland
Tomas King Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Kevin Keogh Lock Ireland Ireland
Eugene Conroy Prop England England
Kevin Barry Prop Ireland Ireland
David McHugh Hooker Ireland Ireland
Martin Faherty Flanker Ireland Ireland
Colin Reilly Hooker Ireland Ireland
Kevin Ward Prop Ireland Ireland
Martin Coyne Flanker Ireland Ireland
David Keogh Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Sean Joyce Fly-half Ireland Ireland
David McDonagh Wing Ireland Ireland
Jack Vaughan Centre Ireland Ireland
Richie Bourke Wing Ireland Ireland
Jerome Harimate Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Alan Keogh Fullback Ireland Ireland
Paddy Madden Wing Ireland Ireland
Shane Sweeney Fly-half Ireland Ireland

Origin of the club name[edit]

The club is named after a type of fishing fly called the Connemara Black.