Tuesday 25 October 2016

Connacht to receive open-top bus parade in Galway city today

Tom Rooney

Published 29/05/2016 | 10:28

Legend: Connacht captain John Muldoon celebrates with the trophy Photo: Stephen McCarthy
Legend: Connacht captain John Muldoon celebrates with the trophy Photo: Stephen McCarthy

The Connacht rugby team will be welcomed as all conquering heroes upon their return to Galway city this afternoon following yesterday’s historic victory over Leinster in the Pro 12 finale.

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Aside those of a Leinster persuasion, the whole rugby world gleefully looked on as Pat Lam’s scintillating Connacht side defeated their provincial rivals by 20-10 to clinch their first ever major honour.

Not only did Connacht win, but they did so in consummate style. Three wonderfully worked tries and some ferocious defending from the Westerners proved too much for a visibly shell-shocked Leinster outfit.

For all those who couldn’t travel to Edinburgh, and those who did, the Galway City Council have announced details of the Connacht squad's return and the party to be held in their honour.

Last night the council released the following statement:

Galway City Council joins in congratulating our triumphant heroes of the Connacht Rugby team following their great win earlier today in the Guinness Pro12 Final in Edinburgh,” a statement read.

“In partnership with Connacht Rugby, An Garda Siochána and Galway Fire & Rescue Service, Galway City Council are facilitating a homecoming event on Sunday afternoon through the streets of Galway City, the Capital of Connacht.

“The victorious members of the Connacht Rugby squad will make their way on an open-topped bus from outside the Town Hall Theatre in Courthouse Square, via Saint Francis Street, Eglinton Street, Williamsgate Street and on to Eyre Square North, Eyre Square East, turning on to Forster Street and then via College Road to the home of Connacht Rugby at The Sportsground where they will be a accorded a heroes’ welcome.

“Parking restrictions will be in place all along the route from early Sunday morning. An Garda Siochána and Galway City Council will implement a traffic management plan on Sunday afternoon which will include rolling closures on streets and junctions affected in the area of the bus route and in the vicinity of The Sportsground itself.

“Members of the public are requested to cooperate with An Garda Siochána, Galway City Council and Connacht Rugby stewards in ensuring a joyous yet safe occasion.

“Connacht Abú!”

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