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Castlebar Rugby Club
Castlebar RFC News - 9 Feb 2005
By John Mulligan
9, Feb 2005 - 10:11


Next Sunday is D Day for the firsts as they travel to the Castle Grounds and their eagerly anticipated clash with Monivea in the Connacht Junior League. Ever since last year’s league defeat the team have been working hard to correct the wrongs of last year and the eyes of the province will be on those eighty minutes of rugby kicking off at 2.30. Should Castlebar win they would remain on top with just a couple of games remaining. One of those against Westport at home. The team will be travelling together with details announced to players at training and it is hoped that as many Castlebar Supporters can make their way to Monivea on Sunday. Kick off is at 2.30.

For those not so sure the quickest way to get there, AA Roadwatch have designated the following route:

Start out at Castlebar, Mayo
Follow signs Dublin (N5) along R373

Junction with N5
At roundabout take 2nd exit (signposted Roscommon (N60)

Junction with N60
Turn left N60


(Edge of) Claremorris
At traffic signals turn left (signposted Roscommon)

Junction with N17
At roundabout take 1st exit then shortly turn left to join N17 (signposted Galway, Tuam)

Bear right


Follow signs Athlone R332

Junction with R347
Turn right R347 (signposted Athenry)

Junction with N63
At crossroads turn left N63 (signposted Roscommon)


Junction for Monivea
Turn right unclassified (signposted Monivea, Athenry)

Junction with R339
Turn right R339

Arrive at Monivea (Monivea Castle) – Pitch on the Castle Grounds

Distance – 53 miles/84 kilometres

It will take about an hour and a half to get there. So all supporters of Castlebar RFC, If you can at all, then get down there and Support the lads. This is one game where everyone will want to pull together for the team.


Training continues on Wednesday evenings and all players travelling are asked to be at the courthouse at half six. New players are always welcome as the team continue their preparations. Contact Nicola for more details.


Training continues on Tuesday and Friday for the under 18 team at 7pm. There are some big games ahead of this talented team so all players are asked to attend and be on time! Training continues for the under 16 and 14 teams on Wednesday with the bus leaving the Courthouse at 6.30.

Connacht under 14, under 16 and under 18 cup.

The draw for the underage cup competitions takes place on Wednesday week. This could be a good year for Castlebar who have strong sides at all age groups and hopes are high that we can take some silverware this season. Players will be notified of the draw.

Mini Rugby news

Castlebar Travelled en masse to Sligo on Saturday for a Blitz. 71 players in total travelled and all had a good day. However, it has come to light that there was confusion over the Blitz as some players arrived for training and were not aware of the Blitz. It appears that players were given a handout of the dates for forthcoming Blitzes last week but confusion arose. The Club would like to apologise for this and in future if any player has a doubt about a Blitz they are asked to contact Paul Gannon for Clarification and to read the club notes that are in the Connacht Telegraph, Mayo News and Western People and to listen to Mid West Radio and CRC for changes should any occur. The countdown to the Connacht Blitz that happens in March is now certainly underway and training will continue in the run up for this at the usual time.

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