Rugby Club

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Ballyhaunis RFC

 

Ballyhaunis RFC has been part of rugby in Connacht for over thirty years and currently fields an adult team in the Connacht Junior League. The underage structure continues to grow with age grade teams fielding at under 17, under 15, under 13 and minis. Ballyhaunis RFC is committed to developing its players, coaches and facilities with the help of its dedicated membership.

 

Location:

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Ballyhaunis RFC is located on the edge of town on Doctors Road, the grounds are signposted and lie approximately 400m from upper main street.

Training – Wednesday and Friday at 8pm.

Fixtures

Ballyhaunis junior tean participate in Division 1C of the Connacht Junior League with the fixtures shown below. They also participate in the Connacht Junior Cup and Cawley Cup competitions, with the draws for those to made later in the season

 

Training

Minis and U13 – Saturday at 10:30am

U15 – Wednesday at 6:30pm

U17 – Thursday at 7:30pm

U19 - Wednesday and Friday at 8pm

 

History

Ballyhaunis Rugby Club was founded in 1977 when a meeting was called by Dr. Alan Delaney in the Central Hotel with a view to starting a rugby club. From those present Hugh Curley, Dr. Alan Delaney, Dr. Declan Shields and John and Brian Gallagher left with the aim of developing a rugby club in the town. Hugh Curley made the initial contact to register the club with the Connacht branch of the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) and went on to fill the role of branch delegate for over 25 years.

The club colours were chosen with the intention of amalgamating the colours of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon given the town location close to the borders of the two neighbouring counties, resulting in the distinctive purple and yellow worn by the club. The players were recruited from all walks of life and training began in earnest at Cherryfield, with Dr. Declan Shields RIP taking responsibility for the forwards. In time a full size pitch was developed on land owned by Tom Forkan in Coolnaha, which was to be the club’s home pitch for the over 20 years. At the same time efforts were made to find a suitable location for changing rooms with Mick Morris RIP of the Horseshoe Inn allowing the club to develop the necessary facilities to the rear of his premises.

In the late eighties forward looking club members began the search for a suitable site on which to set up a permanent home. A site was located close to the town and purchased after acquiring funds from the bank with five members putting themselves forward as trustees. To fulfill their financial commitments the club embarked on a major fundraising initiative and was able to meet the costs of the purchase. Further fundraising followed in the early nineties and the land was developed to include two pitches and a car park.

The grounds were further developed in the mid nineties with the construction of a club house.

 

Contact Details:

Address: Tooraree, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ballyhaunisrfc/

 

President:                  

Tony Henry, Derryronayne, Swinford, Co. Mayo.  (M) 087 6806934

E-Mail: tonymartinhenry@hotmail.com

 

Hon. Secretary: Robert Duffy, Raith, Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo    (M) 087 2923884

E-Mail: robertduffy@vodafone.ie

 

Hon. Treasurer: Mark Curley, Derrymore, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo   (M) 086 8633821

E-Mail: curleymark@hotmail.com