LEO GALVIN TO FINALLY GET INTERNATIONAL CAP
Some fifty years after playing for Ireland against Argentina in 1973, Leo Galvin is finally going to receive an International cap! Fixtures against the Pumas were not recognised as full Test matches back then. Leo captained Athlone RFC in the year of his Ireland appearance and the unassuming giant was a key player for Connacht during an interprovincial career that spanned from 1969 to 1980. Not too many forwards remain competitive for such a duration!
Following his on-field exploits Leo remained very involved in the club of which he was a proud and able president for season 1992-93. He was hugely instrumental when the Athlone and Ballinasloe clubs joined forces as Buccaneers with the inception of the All-Ireland League. Leo was elected 2002/3 President of Connacht Rugby where he was a highly efficient administrator and he was honoured with their Lifetime Contribution to Rugby award in 2018. Galvin also served with distinction on the IRFU Committee for a lengthy period.
So, hearty congratulations to a club icon on getting this long overdue recognition. Leo will be presented with his cap at a pre-match event ahead of Ireland’s fixture against England in the Aviva Stadium on August 19th.
Deepest sympathy is extended to Shane Dolan and family on the passing of his father Noel.