Connacht Articles is Closing Down


This will be the final post on I’ve loved every second of the eight years working on this site. It began as a blog about Connacht club rugby, then, slowly, over time as a site catering for all four provinces. The idea was to create something a little different. A news hub for the […]

Sharp Decline in IRFU Funding of Amateur Rugby

Westport Monivea Cup Final

In our final feature on the decline of community rugby in Ireland, Rob Murphy and Alan Deegan have dissected the IRFU’s official financial reports to illustrate a stark reality for those involved in grassroots rugby.  – LET”S take stock. Ireland are Six Nations Champions on the double, serious World Cup contenders and matching England and […]

Drop in Playing Numbers

DLSP Dundalk

In the Village magazine this month, former Leinster player Jim O’Callaghan’s outlined a key issue facing those involved in developing rugby around Ireland. The article Rugby Surrendered its Social Benefit, discusses the rapid decline of rugby at amateur level pointing to the American football model as the possible direction we are heading. This week,’s […]

All Ireland Junior Cup Draw

All Ireland Junior Cup final action between Dundalk and Bagor. Pic: Roger Corbett, Bangor RFC website photograpaher.

Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup Draw The Draw for the Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup has been made with the opening round games taking place on Saturday October 24 2:30. The October bank holiday weekend action promises to be fascinating with plenty of novel pairings and one or two heavyweights clashing for good […]

Information Underload

Crowd Clonmel Shannon

Less Really was More Ten years ago, the idea of being able to follow every detail of your local amateur team in your favourite sport seemed ridiculous. Five years ago, it seemed just around the corner. Today, it seems further away than ever. The vast majority of clubs in Ireland have Twitter, Facebook and web […]

Buccaneers at a Canter

Buccaneers players and mentors celebrate winning the Connacht Senior League title

The Alternative Guide to the Connacht Senior League We could tell you, Buccaneers won the Connacht Senior League, and you could very well retort, “So What?” Such a response is not totally unfair. It’s a pre season provincial league title, and that won’t have club supporters falling over themselves. Just four teams, two showing some […]

Connacht Senior Update

Kolo Kiripati offloads to Graham Lynch

The Connacht Senior League is now two weeks old with Buccaneers storming clear at the top of the pile after two impressive early season wins. Judging form is difficult at this stage, as both Galway sides seem to be a long way off their best, yet Saturday’s 73-17 win for Buccaneers over their old foes […]

Ulster Are Champions


A grand slam is a fine way to end a long wait for a Junior Inter-Provincial title and Ulster completed the job on Saturday with a highly impressive 20-7 victory over title holders Leinster at Ashbourne. From the very outset of the competition, Ulster have been a team on a mission under the guidances of […]

Junior Inter Pro Update


It is the final weekend of action in the Junior Inter-provincial and Ulster are on course for a long awaited title having come up just short in recent seasons. Jason Morgan’s men need just a single point from their trip to Ashbourne this weekend where they’ll face a Leinster side chasing a first win. Even […]

Leinster 6, Connacht 10

Leinster's Jonathan Williams

Junior Inter-Provincial Leinster 6 Connacht 10 By Rob Murphy at Garda RFC, Westmanstown. Leinster Scorers: Ultan Murphy 2 pens. Connacht Scorers: Coleman Maher 1 try, Shane Sweeney 1 pen, 1 con. The reigning champions were out battled at a wet and blustery Westmanstown on Saturday as Connacht upset the odds with a brilliant display, full […]

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