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IRFU Concussion Reporting Letter

Dear All

As we have received a number of queries about concussion in the AIL I am emailing to outline the process by which concussions are reported to the IRFU (via the referees) and to provide each club with all the information they need to clear a player from a suspected concussion that has been reported to us.

Please ensure that this email is forwarded to all doctors and physios who work with your AIL team (men’s and women’s teams), especially on match days.

Please note that players who suffer from a suspected concussion should be removed from the field of play and must not return that day. Please see www.irishrugby.ie/concussion for information on recognising and managing concussion and for return to play guidelines.

All concussions should be reported by the team physio or doctor via the IRFU Injury reporting system (https://www.irishrugby.ie/playing-the-game/medical/injury-reporting/). This is a separate system to the referees reporting. 

Please find attached:

  • The process for reporting concussions in the AIL
  • The letter that you will receive (by email) when a referee reports that a member of your AIL team was removed with suspected concussion. This letter outlines how this player can be cleared to play if your medics believe that he/she did not suffer from a concussion.

The referee reporting system and the appeal system apply only to All-Ireland League matches and not to other competitions.

Kind regards 

Mairéad Liston

New Club Sponsor: LK Shields

We are delighted to announce LK Shields Solicitors as our main club sponsor.

We will formally announce this new and exciting sponsorship in the coming days, but we would first and foremost like to inform you our members.

Established in 1988 and with offices in Dublin, Galway and London, LK Shields Solicitors has over 100 legal professional staff and are one of Ireland’s leading corporate and commercial law firms.

They opened their offices in Dockgate on Dock Road in late 2018 and from here they service national and international companies located in the western region.

LK Shields have agreed to become the main sponsor of Galwegians RFC for an initial 5-year period.

Our particular thanks to Chairman of LK Shields and Galway native Michael Kavanagh, and we would like to warmly welcome them on board.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our main sponsor of recent years, Cold Chon, for their loyal support of Galwegians.

Message from IRFU President, Nicky Comyn

Nicky Comyn

On my own behalf and on behalf of the IRFU, I extend my best wishes to Galwegians RFC  for the 2019-20 season and hope it is a successful one.   

The start of this season heralds the staging of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and I know you join with me in wishing every success to coach, Joe Schmidt, and his management team, together with the Ireland playing squad.   

This Rugby World Cup year creates a very busy season, taking account of Ireland’s women 15s team; the under 20s; men’s and women’s sectors; the fortunes of our provincial clubs in the Guinness Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup and also the myriad club, women’s, third level and schools competitions through the grass roots landscapes. 

While by its nature the professional game takes precedence on the International stage, the welfare of the domestic amateur game is of paramount importance to me and to the IRFU.  

Having been chairman of the AIL and Third Level, I am acutely aware of the position of clubs and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the committed and critical role being played by our huge number of volunteers, who make it all happen.   

I greatly welcome the IRFU’s signing of a five year partnership with Energia, which sees the electricity and gas supply company become the official energy partner to Irish rugby and also title sponsor of both the men’s and women’s All Ireland League competitions. 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the AIL and the support being demonstrated by Energia is timely. It will hopefully give a lift to all clubs in the AIL, both men and women. 

I appreciate the struggles of some clubs at all levels and hope this season 2019-20 will be a special one.  I wish your club, its members, volunteers, players and supporters every success and enjoyment for the rugby year.

Nicky Comyn, President IRFU.

Message from AIL Sponsor, Energia

We at Energia are extremely proud to have further strengthened our commitment to Irish rugby by becoming the Official Energy Partner to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and title sponsor of the Energia All-Ireland Leagues (AIL). Through our five-year partnership, we are committed to supporting rugby at all levels through the teams, clubs and competitions the breadth of the nation. 

Energia understands the value of the AIL and the importance of fostering and nurturing Irish rugby clubs so that collectively we can continue to build world-class international teams. We look forward to working closely with the IRFU over the coming years to help facilitate the future development of rugby in communities up and down the country through our new campaign #PositiveEnergy.

Through the #PositiveEnergy campaign, we will be offering tools and supports to help Irish rugby clubs reach their sustainability goals. For so many players and fans, the journey and passion begins at their local club and Energia wants to ensure the future of these clubs. If we can help them to become sustainable, the clubs can re-invest in grassroots, ultimately developing the next generation of players, coaches and volunteers.  

This is an exciting time for Energia.  We are passionate about investing positive energy in rugby, from grassroots level with the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, to provincial level as the Official Energy Partner of Leinster Rugby and our stadium at Energia Park, all the way to the highest level of the Irish Men’s and Women’s teams.

On behalf of Energia, I would like to wish all club and international teams the very best of luck for the upcoming season. 

Gary Ryan, Managing Director, Energia Customer Solutions

Morgan Codyre Q&A

Morgan Codyre at Out Half for Galwegians Firsts

When did you first start playing rugby?

I joined Na Bairneachai for a year when I was 9, then took a break for a few years.

When did you join Galwegians?

I was 13.

Why did you join Wegians?

My uncle, Tim had played here. A lot of my school friends were up here too.

What are you Career Highlights to date?

Winning the Connacht Schools Senior Cup with the Jes in 2016 was pretty special. Getting a couple of caps for the Connacht Eagles while I was in the sub-academy was cool too.

Were you always a 10?

Not always. I was quite small when I was younger, so I played mostly at scrum-half until I was around 16. I haven’t strayed from out-half too often since then.

Your Favourite Player or Role Model You Look Up to?

I couldn’t name one person in particular. A few coaches and teammates have had a big impact on my playing and coaching.

What does your CCRO role involve?

CCRO is Connacht Community Rugby Officer. I’m a support coach for the youth academy, so I’d be in Glenina each evening and at the weekends helping different coaches and age groups. I also work with the underage Connacht squads throughout the year.

What are your career plans?

For now, I have my eyes set on coaching professionally. I’m studying sports science, though, so I’ll probably end up unemployed!

Your goals and ambitions for this season and beyond?

After missing the last year through injury, my main goal is to get back on the pitch and hopefully get a good run of games. If we can consolidate our position in AIL 2B this year, then we can start to build towards climbing back up the divisions over the next few seasons.

Youth Academy Awards 2018-19

Galwegians is proud to congratulate the Youth Academy on another fantastic season. Thanks to all the coaches and supporters for their efforts and support. The ethos of rugby is to put the enjoyment and values of the game first, but it is also important to celebrate our achievements so congratulations to our squad award winners and the players who earned representative honours.

Squad Awards

  • U13 Black Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Alex Bleahen
    • Players Player of the Year: Rory Gavin
    • Player of the Year: Dara Counihan
  • U13 Blue Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Colm Marnell
    • Players Player of the Year: Conor Gibbs
    • Player of the Year: Luca Danjou
  • U14 Girls
    • Most Improved Player: Anna Keady
    • Players Player of the Year: Caitlin O’Hara
    • Player of the Year: Rebecca Hastings
  • U14 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Fionn O’Rourke
    • Players Player of the Year: Jamie Cunningham
    • Player of the Year: Iarla Collins
  • U15 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Eoghan Harlowe
    • Players Player of the Year: Colin Counihan
    • Player of the Year: Aidan Crowe
  • U16 Girls
    • Most Improved Player: Holly Taylor
    • Players Player of the Year: Sinead Black
    • Player of the Year: Rosa O’Connor
  • U16 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Jack Kennedy
    • Players Player of the Year: Andrew Sherlock
    • Player of the Year: Kieran Park
  • U17 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Benjamin Hynes
    • Players Player of the Year: Daragh Kennedy
    • Player of the Year: Tadhg Melville
  • U18 Girls
    • Most Improved Player: Laura Hastings
    • Players Player of the Year: Ruby Lynch
    • Player of the Year: Ellen Greally
  • U18 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: James Reynolds
    • Players Player of the Year: Liam Smyth
    • Player of the Year: Tomas Gillanders

Recognition of Achievements

  • International Cap, U18 Clubs v Italy: Conor O’Shaughnessy
  • Interprovincial U18 Winners: Conor O’Shaughnessy, Jack Power, Edward Skekete
  • Interprovincial Call Up U17: Millar Yule, Garvin Surlis, Edward Shekete, Darragh Kennedy, Joe Agbo, Gary Lally, Zak Rather, Darragh Creighton, Andrew Sherlock
  • Interprovincial Call Up U16: Nicky Pfeiffer, Dylan Keane, Mark O’Connor, Andrew Sherlock, Patrick Nash

This Is Your Club – Galwegians, 1957

Harry Blake Is Still There – After 34 years

Without Harry Blake there would have been be no Galwegians Rugby Club. He helped to start the club 34 years ago – and he’s still with them today.
So Harry Blake was the man I wanted to tell me the story of Galwegians. One bright moring I drive up to the Blake home, a country mansion that look sout over Galway Bay.

Harry was ill. His wife took me to his bedroom and there he was, sitting up in bed and talking rugby with Jack Deacy and Sean Healy.

Talking with them took me back into Galwegians history. They told me how the club was formed, of the early struggles to keep the game alive and of the wonderful progress over the past years.

Courageous

There were three clubs in Connacht in the season 1921-22 – University College Galway, Galway Town, and Sligo – and Galway Town wereon the way out. Out they went the following season.

Harry Blake and a few pals decided that the game must go on in teh city – so they formed Galwegians. It was a corageous decision – and one they never regretted. Today the club has five teams with players ranging from schoolboys to seniors.

The Seniors went on tour to France in November and the Juniors have fixed a tour to the Isle of Man at Easter. It will be financed by the tour fund they have among the players.

After the war, Galwegians made a great effort to boost rugby in teh West. They brought over, at their own expense, the famous Vikings side, but the match was a financial flop.

Undismayed, they have continued to bring over many famous touring sides. And rarely have they had to call on guest players, so rich is the quality of Galway rugby talent.

Galwegians are Connacht Cup holders and they have won it eight times in all. Starting in 1926 they won the Cup four times in a row.

Racing Club de France were greatly impressed by Galwegian playing standards – and their hospitality – when they visited the West. They wanted to repay the Irishmen for a wonderful time.

That’s why Galwegians were in France in November. That’s why the French International trial was cancelled so that a really strong team could be fielded against the boys from Galway.

In recent seasons Galwegians have had eight, nine, ten and even 12 players in the Connacht team.

Connacht fielded three internationalis for the first time against Munster in Cork in October. They were Dickie Roche, Charlie Lydon and Brendan Guerin – all from Galwegians.

Galway folk have another international in their team. Latest to join the elite is Tony O’Sullivan, club captain and one of the best lock forwards in Ireland.

Galwegian players have given the club prominence by their performances on the field and by the quality of their rugby. But we must not forget the backroom boys who have steered the club through difficult times, the men who today are playing their part in the affairs of teh Union, branch and club.

Seen club rise

Harry Blake has been president of Galwegains since 1928. He has seen the club rise from a shaky start 34 years ago to its present status. galway folk will always remember Harry Blake.

They will also remember Henry Anderson, one of Harry Blake’s ablest assistants in the early days. He was Connacht’s first rugby international and their first president of the Irish Rugby Football Union.

The club has given many splendid men to the administrative side of the game. Johnny Glynn is junior vice president of the Union and secretary of Connacht branch. Harry Blake and Chris Crowley are on the committee of teh Union and Chris is treasurer of the branch.

Jack Deacy represents Galwegians on the Connacht branch. Gerry Dodd is secretary of the club, with Jack Fitzgerald as treasurer.

Gerry Dodd helped to make an unusual record for Galwegains last season. He gave his 14 stone odd to the second row of thejunior team and was supported by 22 stone Des Dempsey. A second row of nearly 37 stone … Can you beat that?

Mickey Heaslip RIP

We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing on Tuesday morning 19th February of former Club Captain and President Michael Heaslip.

A Galwegian to the core, Mickey was something of a legend who gave a lifetime of stellar service to our club both on and off the pitch. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Removal Thursday 21st Feb. reposing at An Cillín, Immaculate Mary Queen Church, Barna from 5-7pm. Service Friday 22nd at 11am in Barna.

There will be a guard of honour by club members.

Galwegians Development Update 2

As we approach the final stages of the process, around finding a suitable alternative site for Galwegians, the Sub Development Committee are now considering two final sites, one on the East side of Galway city and one site on the West side of Galway city.

All relevant costings and site investigations are currently being undertaken on both sites.

As a result, we would like to confirm the following two events:

  • Information Evening
    • Date: October 15th
    • Venue: Connacht Hotel
    • Time: 8pm
  • EGM / Vote
    • Date: October 24th
    • Venue: Crowley Park
    • Time: 8pm

Again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their patience and support throughout this process.

Niall Beatty, Director of Planning & Development

Galwegians Adult Mens Award Winners 2017

U20 Player of the Year: Fiachra Ó Gríofa

The U20’s player of the year is very well respected among his team mates. He can play in any position on the pitch he is asked to fill . He is the best tackler in the team and would run through a brick wall for you. He attends every training session. In the dressing room when he speaks everyone listens and does what he says. He is one for the future for the senior and junior teams.

Thirds Player of the Year:  Alan Campbell

In a transition season for the Thirds, consistency is vital. Both on training nights and on match day. Three, among others, are players we’d like to mention, Gary Carroll and David Stewart are two of these. But we are without any doubt on the Thirds player of the season. Only missing two games, and that owing to injury, is the man who led from the full back position.

Seconds/Junior Player of the Year: Eamonn Dowling

Our winner here has shown that his commitment to the Wegians jersey is second to none. He consistently gives 100% at every training session. At every match this season he has left it all on the pitch and played to the final whistle no matter what the score or circumstances. A great example to any young player both on and off the pitch.

Firsts/Senior Player of the Year: Josh Pim

This gentleman is a leader both on and off the pitch, his consistency throughout the season and past seasons shows his commitment to the club and team mates. His resilience to keep going through good and bad and the most severe pain threshold makes him an inspiration to others. This was typified by being called up to train with the Connacht Senior squad for the season.

Clubman of the Year: Martin Kelly

The club is very fortunate to have so many people giving of their time to keep all teams on the pitch. We acknowlege the
effort of all volunteers at all levels of the Club but it is our job to choose one as our recipient this year. This recipient had the thankless job of making sure we fulfilled our Junior League fixtures each week under very trying circumstances.
His team were rewarded by holding on to our J1A status and he carried out all of his duties with a smile. He was often first to training each night to carry out bags, bottles etc and became Mr Dependable as the season progressed to the end.

Vice President Declan O’Connor, Director of Rugby Paul Casserly, Junior Player of the Year Eamonn Dowling, Senior Player of the Year Josh Pim, President Billy Glynn, Clubman of the Year Martin Kelly and Chairman Paul Shelly

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