Successes marked at civic reception
Six months on from their most glorious day, Connacht Rugby was honoured with a civic reception by Galway City Council this week.
Held at City Hall on Monday, the council honoured the outstanding achievement of Connacht winning the Guinness Pro12 in Edinburgh last May, but also paid tribute to Connacht's Academy Director, Nigel Carolan, who led the Irish U-20s to the Junior World Cup final during the summer.
Hosted by Galway City Mayor, Mr Noel Larkin, Connacht coach Pat Lam and members of his backroom team and squad were in attendance to accept the honour from the council.
During the course of the reception, Mayor Larkin paid tribute to Lam and his team, whom he said have brought great pride and glory to the region in the last few years.
"It is very clear that Connacht Rugby has contributed significantly to the economic and social fabric of Galway city and of Connacht," said Mr Larkin.
"The recognition of the economic benefits of promoting Galway and the west of Ireland has been reflected in the unanimous financial support from the elected members of Galway City Council in past years.
"We, as members (of the council), hope to be able to work with Connacht Rugby to ensure the development of appropriate facilities in the future, as outlined in Connacht Rugby's Vision and Strategy document."
Also honoured for his contribution to Irish rugby was Carolan, who is in his second season as head coach of the Ireland U-20s. In June he managed this team of youngsters to the final of the Junior World Championships.
On the way, Carolan's side defeated New Zealand and Wales, and claimed a 37-7 win over Argentina in the semi-final.