Monday 24 October 2016

My job in Connacht: Adrian Leddy, Connacht Rugby President

Published 15/05/2015 | 02:30

Adrian Leddy, Connacht Rugby President
Adrian Leddy, Connacht Rugby President

Adrian is originally from Leitrim, now lives in Roscommon and works as Regional Development Officer for the Irish Farmers' Association. He played rugby for Railway Union, City of Derry and finished up his playing days with Creggs at the age of 53. For years he has coached and managed teams at various levels along with holding a number of committee positions with Creggs. He was also part of a very successful management team with Connacht Juniors.

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When did you join Connacht? I have been involved  with Connacht Rugby for the last 27 years and three years ago was nominated junior vice-president. This season I came in as president. I also represent Connacht on the IRFU Junior Working Committee.

What do you do? I carry out all the presidential duties from attending games, meetings, presentations, functions and visiting clubs.  I work closely with the CEO Willie Ruane, team manager Tim Allnutt, all the staff and the senior officers of Connacht Rugby.

What's a typical day like? I make myself available to attend meetings or games. This involves meeting presidents, officers, and directors of other clubs.

What is the best part of your job? Rugby has been a huge part of my life and it is great honour to be Connacht president. I find it very rewarding and enjoyable to be part of a great structure and to give something back to the game that gave me so much. It is a pleasure working with very committed voluntary officers supported by a dedicated staff.

Most memorable match? Connacht's magnificent victory away to Toulouse in December 2013 will live long in the memory.

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