An EGM concerning the Club Grounds Development Plan will be held in the Clubhouse at Strandhill on Wednesday, September 23rd at 8pm , all members are requested to attend this very important meeting

Back To School Teenage Disco

The Back to School Alcohol Free Teenage Disco will be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 4th of September from 9pm -12 midnight.  This is a very important fund raiser for our club development and it is vital that members make themselves available for stewarding duty on the night. Available members please contact Aaron Tansey at 087 7934508

Demand for tickets is expected to be high so patrons are reminded to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Sligo V Buccaneers

Following their well worked season opening win over Corinthians RFC last Friday evening Sligo look to continue their Connacht Senior League progress when they host Buccaneers RFC at Hamilton Park this Friday evening. Coach Peter Bracken will be looking for more of the same from his young side as they use the Connacht Senior League to prepare for their upcoming Ulster Bank league campaign. The match Kicks off at 7pm at Strandhill. Come along and give the lads your support!

Juvenile Training – Commening Sat Sept 5th at Sligo IT

Training for the Juvenile section re-starts in Sligo IT on Sat Sept 5th at 10 am. Juvenile training for the coming season caters for the following age groups  
U7’s boys born in 2009

U8’s boys born in 2008

U9’s boys born in 2007

U10’s boys & girls born in 2006

U11’s boys born in 2005

U12’s boys & girls born in 2004

Training times are 10am to 11am for age groups U7, U8 & U9’s. Training is 10am to 11:20 for all other age groups.


Please note that registration for the new season takes place in Sligo Rugby Club on Thurs 3rd Sept between 19:00 & 21:00. New Members are most welcome. We are looking for new boys and girls in the age groups noted above.

We always welcome parents to get involved and help out with volunteering in the juvenile section. The areas where you can help are training, admin, travelling to away games, fund raising etc. It is good to get involved and our door is open! If you are interested please contact us on Facebook/sligorugby.

Seniors Season Starter !

The 2015/16 season kicks off for the Sligo senior team when they entertain Corinthians RFC in the Connacht Senior League at Hamilton Park this Friday evening (21st).The match will give newly appointed coach Peter Bracken the opportunity to see his charges in a competitive match environment as he prepares them for the all important Ulster Bank League which kicks off in mid September. The match kicks off at 7.30 pm and all support will be greatly appreciated

Women’s Long Term Player Development Model released

The Women’s Long Term Player Development Model has been released to the clubs and launched on the website today (

It is hoped that these documents will spark an interest in the possibilities of growing their female membership. 

The launch of this document is an important and exciting step for us all as it will assist us when making decisions around the women’s game. It will also help coaches familiarise themselves with the female game and the development of players through the various age groups. Coaches will now have a better understanding of the stage at which the player is playing, and the stage at which they are trying to get to. It is envisaged that there will be an information night in each Province for coaches of female teams in order to assist them with becoming familiar with the document and answer any questions that they may have.



Billy and Niamh get Engaged

Hearty Congratulations from all at Sligo RFC to Billy Leahy and Niamh Burke who have announced their engagement! Best wishes to you both from all at the club!

Women’s Rugby – Give it a try

Sligo RFC Thursday Aug 20th at 7pm. All welcome.


Mrs. Anna Hamilton RIP

The President, Chairman, Committee and members of Sligo RFC extend their deepest sympathies to Viviene Draper, Stuart and Peter Hamilton, George Draper, grandchildren Stuart, Ken, Robert, Niall and Jacqueline Draper and extended family on the sad passing of Anna Hamilton.

Anna’s late husband Bob served on committee and as the Honorary Secretary of the Club in the 1970′s. Following his untimely death in 1977, the then new club grounds in Strandhill were named ‘Hamilton Park’ in his honour.

Bob Hamilton - Cup success
Bob Hamilton is photographed above on the back row on the far right hand side.

Mrs. Hamilton passed peacefully in her 96th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Robert and mother of Vivien (Draper), Stuart and Peter. Sadly missed by her loving family, twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral arrangements;
Reposing at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo from 5.30pm Thursday. Removal at 7pm to St. John’s Cathedral, Sligo. Funeral Service at 11.30am on Friday. Burial follows in Rosses Point Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to St. John’s Cathedral Restoration Fund or Dunally Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre c/o Sean Feehily at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo.

Message from Ulster Bank

The 2014/2015 Ulster Bank League was yet another nail-biting season, full of exciting and enthralling matches with the Division 1a final being played at the Aviva Stadium for the very first time, a fitting celebration of the club game in Ireland. Now it’s the time of the year when thoughts turn to new beginnings as teams across the country prepare for a new season ahead. The 2015-2016 season will also mark the 26th anniversary of the Ulster Bank League.

It’s been another great year for Irish rugby with the national side’s successful RBS 6 Nations campaign and some fantastic achievements from the provincial sides. Local clubs are the lifeblood of the game and we continue to be impressed and inspired by the dedication and passion of players, coaches, club staff and community volunteers. Week in, week out, you give your time and talent to ensure that rugby continues to thrive at a local, provincial and national level.

This is Ulster Bank’s sixth season as Official Community Rugby Partner to the IRFU, a partnership which includes title sponsorship of the All-Ireland Club League and the Irish Club International team.

Ulster Bank is extremely proud to support grassroots rugby and this season, we will be continuing with our Ulster Bank League awards as well as shortly announcing our 2015 ‘Ulster Bank RugbyForce’ winners. Five lucky clubs will be selected for a very special makeover, one club winning €10,000 and four provincial clubs winning €5,000. Since the initiative began in 2010, over €160,000 has been awarded to 165 clubs.

For further information on Ulster Bank RugbyForce and all of Ulster Bank’s rugby initiatives, follow us on our facebook page or on Twitter @ulsterbankrugby.  

Ulster Bank is dedicated to the future of Irish rugby and we are looking forward to another outstanding season in club rugby, which no doubt will lead to a fantastic final next May. As clubs around the country get ready to kick off the new season on behalf of everyone at Ulster Bank I want to say good luck to all involved.

Maeve McMahon

Director of Customer Experience and Products

Ulster Bank

Meet the IRFU President


Martin O’Sullivan is the 128th President of the Irish Rugby Football Union and holds the highest office in Irish rugby as the first member of the amalgamated UL – Bohemians club, having played a leading role in the then unique merger in 1999 between the University of Limerick and Bohemians clubs.

The retired Bank of Ireland manager also bridges a gap of 44 years since Dom Dineen from Bohemians was IRFU President, in the 1971 – ’72 season.

Sligo-born, the well know and popular O’Sullivan, was first introduced to rugby through his father Tom’s involvement with Sligo RFC, although it was when the family moved to live in Limerick in 1966 that his rugby career took off.

The first milestone was as a member of the historic Munster schools’ junior cup winning St. Munchin’s College squad in 1970. This was followed in senior club rugby as a back row forward by distinguished playing and coaching careers at both Bohemians and also Dolphin, when his banking career saw him transferred to Cork. He spent 11 seasons with Dolphin, highlighted by a season as first XV captain and a season as first team coach. He also coached the Munster junior interprovincial team and Clanwilliam RFC and served as secretary/treasurer of the Munster Branch coaching committee for eight years.

On returning to Limerick in 1987 and re-joining Bohemians, O’Sullivan coached the first XV in 1989, ’90 and ’91 and contributed richly to the establishment of the club’s renowned Academy. It has produced numerous Irish capped players at various levels, highlighted more recently in senior ranks by Tommy O’Donnell, Dave Kilcoyne, Dave Foley and Barry Murphy. He was also instrumental in establishing the club’s first women’s section. It has won 11 All Ireland League titles and been linked with 25 internationals and five Irish captains, including Fiona Coghlan who led Ireland to Grand Slam victory in 2013 and Niamh Briggs, captain of last season’s RBS Six Nations championship winning Ireland team. He was club President in 2003/’04.

Elected as the Bohemians club delegate to the Munster Branch in 2003/’4, O’Sullivan served as Chairman of the Professional Team Management Committee for four seasons and on being elected to the IRFU Committee in 2005, he served on several high-powered committees. He has been a member of the Management Committee for the past six years and been Chairman of the Representative Game Committee and the National Team and Professional Contacting Review groups. He also played a key role in the Union’s Plan Ireland process which has resulted in the establishment of the National Professional Game Board and the employment of David Nucifora as the IRFU’s first Performance Director.

Message from Martin O’Sullivan, President, IRFU to Sligo RFC


I am especially pleased to extend my best wishes to Sligo RFC in my capacity as President of the Irish Rugby Football Union.


Born in Sligo, it was at this wonderful club that I was first introduced to the game as the son of Tom O’Sullivan, then a stalwart of the club; before our family moved to live in Limerick in 1966.


I greatly value my early association with Sligo RFC and through President Tony Heath and club Captain Conor Mitchell, I wish all players and members every enjoyment from the 2015-’16 season.


It is a special season in rugby, given the staging of the World Cup, plus Ireland’s defence of the RBS Six Nations men’s and women’s championships and the challenges by our Provincial teams in the Guinness Pro 12 and European Cup competitions.


There is also much to enthuse on the club domestic front, highlighted by the Ulster Bank League and its new look five-division format, together with the introduction of a Player Points System which is designed to incentivise youth development, to curb transfers and to encourage club loyalty.


These innovations follow extensive consultation with the clubs and it is the Union’s ambition for the Ulster Bank League to become an enhanced premier domestic competition, creating a greater platform for clubs to promote themselves within their local communities and to generate sufficient revenues to develop and be sustainable for the future.


In this regard, the Union is delighted that again this season, in addition to traditional funding, it will also put in place the popular Your Club Your Country Grand Draw, in association with Ulster Bank. Last season the programme raised €654,000 for participant clubs. This brings to €2.6 million the amount raised by clubs – at no cost to them.


I sincerely thank Ulster Bank for their continued support as the IRFU’s Community rugby partners. Its wide and varied portfolio includes sponsorship of the Ulster Bank League and Awards, plus the Irish Club international team, the Bateman All Ireland Cup and the Ulster Bank RugbyForce programme.


Meantime, best wishes to all at Hamilton Park.

Martin O’Sullivan.

President – IRFU.

Engagement Celebrations

Congratulations and best wishes from all at Sligo RFC to two of our VIP’s Trevor Sweeney and Avril Mc Manus who have just announced their engagement! We wish you all the luck in the world!

Doreen O’Driscoll RIP

The President, Chairman, Committee and Members of Sligo RFC extend deepest sympathies to Fineen O’Driscoll and Family on the passing of Fineens Mother Doreen O Driscoll. May she rest in peace.

Doreen O’Driscoll, (nee Owens) “Aisleam”, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, peacefully at Sligo Regional Hospital. Reposing at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo today from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Mass of the resurrection at 12.00noon on Tuesday in St. Columba’s Church, Rosses Point. Burial follows in Rosses Point Cemetery. House private please

Sligo RFC AGM – Mon June 22nd

The annual general meeting of Sligo RFC will be held on Mon June 22nd at 8pm in the Clubhouse, Strandhill.

All members are encouraged to attend.

On the agenda will be;

- Welcome and opening remarks

- Apologies

- Minutes of 2014 AGM

- Secretary’s Report

- Treasurers Report and presentation of the Annual Financial Statements for the year to April 30th, 2015

- Chairman’s Reoprt

- Fixing of the annual membership subscription as proposed by the Membership Secretary

- Election of the officers and general committee

- Address by the incoming Chairman

- Address by the incoming President

- An update on the Club’s Development plans 2015/16

- Outline of Football plan 2015/16

- Any other business

- Close of meeting

There are a number of committee positions available and new volunteers are always welcome – please contact Club Chairman Michael Storey with any nominations for Officer/Committee positions.