Blow for Galway Utd as Connolly departs

Ryan Connolly who has left Galway United for Shamrock Rovers.
Ryan Connolly who has left Galway United for Shamrock Rovers.

NEW Galway United manager, Shane Keegan, has made his first signings for the 2017 season, but he has also been dealt a major blow as team captain, Ryan Connolly, has left the club and signed for Shamrock Rovers.

Connolly was United’s main playmaker for the last three seasons, and would have been one of the first players Keegan would have been keen to secure, but his loss has been softened by the news that last season’s Player of the Year, Kevin Devaney, as well as full-backs Colm Horgan and Marc Ludden, have all committed to the club for 2017, where they will be joined by Vinny Faherty, who had signed a two-year contract last season.

The 2017 season is set to kick-off a week earlier than usual, on Friday, February 24, and the Premier Division fixtures will be announced in mid-December. Another change for 2017 is the fact the FAI Cup will only have replays in the quarter-final and semi-final stages; while the traditional two-week mid-season break has been halved.

Galway United season tickets are now on sale, at a cost of €180 for adults; €120 for third level students, senior citizens, and the unemployed; €60 for secondary school students; and €30 for U-12s. A family ticket of one adult and one U-12 costs €190; while a family ticket of two adults and two U-12s costs €350. Tickets are available from the club website, or from Eamonn Deacy Park.

Meanwhile, the club’s matchday programme, which is edited by Johnny Ward and designed by Morgan O’Brien, finished as runner-up in the Irish Programme Club’s Programme of the Year awards. Dundalk’s programme claimed the award for a staggering seventh consecutive year.