Corrib Rugby Football Club

Rugby Union came to Headford on April 1st 1981 when Corrib Rugby Football Club was founded. The club was founded by a number of local rugby enthusiasts who had previously played with other clubs, mainly those in Galway city. These men decided that the time was right to form a club of their own, so the brave initiative was taken and Corrib R.F.C.became affiliated to the Irish Rugby Football Union. In this current year of 2006, the club's 25th anniversary, some of the founding fathers of the club are still active in the day to day running of Corrib R.F.C.. These include current President Andy Reddington, Donal Halleran, Gerry Coen and John Cooke.

Corrib R.F.C. draws it's players from the greater Headford area including Caherlistrane, Shrule, Glencorrib, Claran, Corrandulla and Annaghdown. For the first ten years of its existence, the club played in the Connacht Junior 2 League. Having been promoted to the Junior 1 League Corrib have remained there up to the present day. The greatest day in the history of the club came on April 24 1994, when Corrib defeated Connemara All Blacks in the final of the Connacht Junior Cup under the captaincy of Denis McHugh. This was truly an historic day, which is remembered with enormous pride by all concerned with the club. Trophies have eluded Corrib since, but the club has generally performed well in the Junior League, with many players gaining representative honours with the Connacht Junior Interprovincial team.

For almost all of it's existence, Corrib R.F.C. has played it's home matches on ground leased from Presentation College Headford. The "old" pitch had a very pronounced slope on it, and is not remembered with any great fondness by visiting teams. However during the club's twentieth year, the bulldozers moved in, and a top class new pitch was created beside the old one, along with a floodlit training area and a stand. The new pitch was opened on September 8th 2001 with a Junior Interprovincial match between Connacht and Leinster. This was the result of a considerable amount of fundraising and hard work by the players and members. The club now possesses one of the finest pitches in Connacht. Since then spacious new dressing rooms have been added. The clubhouse of Corrib R.F.C. has always been The Anglers Rest Hotel, having enjoyed a special relationship over the years with the late David Heneghan and his son Frank, one of the current players. The Heneghan family have always been very generous sponsors of the club.

Currently the club has a very strong group of young players. The team at present is probably the youngest ever fielded by Corrib, and there is great confidence of trophies being won by the club over the coming years.