Rugby Club


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.





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

Junior Team -

Training – Wednesday and Friday at 8pm.


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

To keep up to date with all fixtures and results follow the link below to the Connacht Domestic Rugby website:

Connacht Rugby – Fixtures and Results – Junior - Division 1C






Minis and U13 – Saturday at 10:30am

U15 – Wednesday at 6:30pm

U17 – Thursday at 7:30pm

U19 - Wednesday and Friday at 8pm


Fixtures are yet to be finalised



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.




The club had its official opening on the 25th April 2009. Then IRFU president John Lyons was in attendance and was able to bring with him the 6 Nations and Triple Crown trophies won by Ireland the previous month for the first time in over sixty years.




Contact Details

Address: Tooraree, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.


Tony Henry, Derryronayne, Swinford, Co. Mayo.

(M) 087 6806934



Hon. Secretary: Robert Duffy, Raith, Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

(M) 087 2923884



Hon. Treasurer: Mark Curley, Derrymore, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

(M) 086 8633821




To support the running of the club Ballyhaunis RFC runs a bingo every Thursday night at Julian’s of Midfield.

In conjunction with bingo the club also run a Lotto tickets for which can be purchased in a number of location in the town or from club members


Ballyhaunis Rugby Club is the Connacht winner of the ultimate Rugby Club support package worth €5000 from Ulster Bank Rugby Force.  We hope to further develop our underage structure and provide a quality infrastructure for the club's young players along with additional equipment, coaching and transport facilities.  Robert Duffy, Ballyhaunis RFC said " We are delighted to have been named winner of the Ulster Bank Rugby Force support package.  Raising funds to maintain the club's facilities is an ongoing challenge." 

Ulster Bank Rugby Force was introduced to Ireland last year after Ulster Bank joined Forces with the IRFU to become their " Official Community Rugby Partner" and title sponsor of  the Ulster Bank League.  The initiative encourages rugby supporters, their friends and families to give something back to their local community and rugby club by volunteering to undertake renovations to clubhouses and grounds. 

We are one of four winning clubs to have been awarded with €5000 worth of goods and resources to use during our planned Ulster Bank Rugby Force weekend.  

(29/5/2012 posted)


MAYO  ATHLETIC  CLUB  5K  SUMMER  SERIES will be held on four Tuesday evenings at 8.00pm. in the following venues:

Lough Lannagh, Castlebar - June 19th                       Rugby Club, Ballyhaunis - June 26th

Claremorris Track - July 3rd                                           Ballinrobe Soccer Club - July 10th

End of series get-together in Ballinrobe on July 10th.  Entry fee for series and post race get-together €25.  Enter on line at 


As one of the 4 winners of the Ulster Bank Rugby Force Initiative, Ballyhaunis RFC will be hosting their RugbyForce Day next Saturday the 16th June from 11am-3pm.

Members and enthusiastic volunteers are required on the day to carryout som...e work in and around the clubhouse and grounds. During the course of the day Ulster Bank will provide some t-shirts for the volunteers and will present the club with a cheque for €5,000 and a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

It promises to be an enjoyable day so if you’re available, please come along and show your support! More