Mick Galwey’s international Career can probably be described as one of the most colourful and complex in recent years. Spanning 11 years, Mick was capped 41 times, but for reasons that satisfy very few, was dropped an incredible 15 times. He gained his first international experience when touring with the Irish senior squad to France in 1988, but no caps were awarded. The following year he was capped at B level (subsequently changed to A), and in 1990 he played twice for the Irish U/25 side. The following year later he made his senior debut against France on a day that saw six new caps line out for Ireland, including Simon Geoghean, first cap, Captain Rob Saunders and Brian Rigney who would later partner Mick in the second row for Shannon. He consistently remained in the side between 1991 and 1995 and in 1993 he was picked on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. His appearances for Ireland between ’95 and ‘99 were curtailed to just four, two as a replacement, and much to the amazement of the rugby public
However, 2000 saw the resurgence of his international career after his outstanding performances and leadership displays for Shannon and Munster and added a further 17 caps until he announced his retirement form the International stage in 2002. He “officially” captained Ireland once in 2001 against Romania and scored two international tries, both against England, the most memorable being in 1993 when Ireland beat England by 17 points to 3 in Lansdowne Road.