6 Nations Trophy in The Glasshouse Hotel


The 6 Nations Trophy will be on view in The Glasshouse Hotel on Friday morning (July 11th) from 9:15am for an hour or so.

Make sure to come along and get your photo taken following Ireland’s fantastic win over France in Paris in March.

Everyone welcome!

Sligo and Connacht Rugby supports Donal Parsons

Connacht Rugby Awards Dinner 2014

As Connacht prepare for the season ahead with a visit to Sligo this Sunday, we look back at the awards night in May when both Matthew Cosgrove and Conan O’Donnell scooped the Connacht Youth and Schools player awards respectively. Watch out for some familiar faces…..

Gourlay Mahon Fairbanks RIP

The President, Committee and members of Sligo RFC would like to extend their deepest sympathies to former player and member Noel Fairbanks and family on the recent death of his father Gourlay.

Gourlay Mahon FAIRBANKS of Culsheramore, Ballinafad, Sligo / Boyle, Roscommon died peacefully at Sligo Regional Hospital. Loving husband of Kathleen (nee Ingram) and dear father of Rosaleen, Aileen and Noel. Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, daughter-in-law Hilary, son-in-law Lester Hall, brother-in-law Tom Ingram, nephew Basil Phibbs, grandchildren Anakela, William, Dean, Philip, Rachel, Melissa and Kyle, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Reposing at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo from 12.30pm on Monday. Removal at 2.00pm to Aghanagh Church of Ireland, Ballinafad, arriving for Funeral Service at 3.00pm. Burial follows in the adjoining Churchyard. House private please. Family Flowers only. Donations in Lieu if desired to Aghanagh Church of Ireland fund c/o Seán Feehily at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo.

Family Fun Day with Connacht Rugby – Sligo Rugby Club Sun June 29th

Family Fun Day - Sligo Rugby Club Sun June 29th

Gavin Foley appointed as Sligo RFC senior player-coach

Gavin Foley in Boston

Sligo RFC are delighted to announce that 20 year veteran Sligo RFC player Gavin Foley has been appointed as Senior player-coach for the 2014-15 season.

Gavin who has been a key player with the Club for many years, now faces into his 20th season in adult rugby. Gavin looks foward to taking on the challange of guiding the senior side through their 4th season back in the All Ireland League. He is a former Irish Youth player, representing the Club two years running with the Irish Youths. He is employed by the Connacht Branch as a Rugby Development Officer (RDO) and has recenlty returned from the U.S. where both he and Cory Brown were representing Connacht Rugby. They spent time with the Boston Irish Wolfhounds holding 5 intensive rugby skill development clinics for players and coaches. During the week in Boston they coached Mini’s, Youth, College and Senior players as well as providing one on one feedback with the Wolfhounds Coaches. The purpose of the coaching clinics was to improve and develop rugby in Boston, bring fresh ideas and build a relationship with Boston Irish Wolfhounds Rugby Club and Connacht Rugby.

Gavin is married to Sharon and with their son Dillon, they live locally in Strandhill.

Gavin Foley scores for Sligo

Gavin and his management team at Sligo RFC are currently busy recruiting for the season ahead and planning for pre-season training set to re-start in July, now just a few short weeks away.

The Club’s committee wish Gavin, his managemant team and his side the very best for the season ahead.

Connacht Rugby to visit Sligo on June 29th – Family Fun Day

Connacht Rugby

On Sunday, June 29th the Connacht Professional Rugby squad will be holding an open training session at Hamilton Park, Strandhill. Coach Pat Lam will be putting the players through their paces from 1.00pm on Sunday, and following their work on the pitch the team will be available for autographs and pictures for all.

This training camp is part of Connacht Rugby’s commitment to bringing the professional team to all parts of the province and with Sligo RFC being the most Northerly club in Connacht it is the ideal choice.

Its set to be a great day of entertainment with a Family Fun Day from 1pm to 5pm with something for all the family! All proceeds from the day will go to the Donal Parson’s Trust.

Donal Parsons Trust
Donal Parsons is a six year old boy who lives in Strandhill, Country Sligo, Ireland with his big brother James, his mum Jane, his dad Andy and Nelly the Springer Spaniel. Donal likes playing, dancing, talking, cooking and making things. Most of all he loves building Lego and he loves his dog.

Donal Parsons

In October 2013 Donal was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare Children’s cancer. Donal is currently receiving 18 months of intensive treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.

The Donal Parsons Trust has been set up to raise money to access any viable treatments to prevent relapse and to pay for treatments if Donal does relapse. The Trust may also assist Donal and his family during his treatment.

Meet Donal Parsons

Sunday June 29th promises to be a great family occasion so come along and join in the fun and bring all the family!

See you then!

For more details see –

To dontate to the Donal Parsons Trust now please click – here

Connacht Senior League fixtures announced for 2014-15 season


The fixtures for the 2014/15 Connacht Senior League have been set:

Buccaneers v Corinthians
Galwegians v Sligo

Corinthians v Sligo
Galwegians v Buccaneers

Sligo v Buccaneers
Corinthians v Galwegians

UBL Div 2B league – Draft season plan issued


Please note the following dates for your diary. Senior players take note!

September 20th UBL 1
September 27th UBL 2
October 4th UBL 3
November 1st UBL 4
November 8th UBL 5
November 15th UBL 6
December 6th UBL 7
December 20th UBL 8

January 24th UBL 9
January 31st UBL 10
February 21st UBL 11
February 28th UBL 12
March 7th UBL 13
March 28th UBL 14
April 11th UBL 15

April 18th PLAY OFF

See full draft season plan – here – Draft Season Plan 2014-15

This plan is currently in draft so the dates are subject to change.

Boyne RFC U12′s on tour in Sligo


Sligo welcomed Boyne RFC U12′s and Carrick U12′s to Hamilton Park recently in 15 a-side mini blitz.

This was the Sligo U12′s first 15 a-side game following on from which the lads can’t wait for next season.

All of the players, parents and coaches had a super day with some exciting and entertaining rugby being played.









Men’s Health Event

As part of the Men’s Health Event’s which are run by the research and education foundation in Sligo each year, the next event is taking place next Wednesday the 11th of June in the Clarion Hotel. See details on the flyer below.


Guinness series International Tickets on sale online – apply now!


Please note that Sligo RFC will have no November series international tickets available for sale. Members are advised to apply for tickets direct through ticketmaster – here

Tickets are in short supply and anyone wishing to attend should apply to ticketmaster immediately!

Hugh McKenna RIP

The President, Committee and members of Sligo RFC extend their deepest sympathies to Senior Team Physio Troy McKenna on the recent passing of his father Hugh.

Hugh MCKENNA of Old Fancourt Road, Balbriggan, Dublin.

(Peacefully) in Beaumont Hospital Hugh sadly missed by his loving wife Maura, children Joan, Ambrose, Troy and Tracey, sons-in-law Peter and Conor, daughters-in-law Hilary and Jessie, grandchildren, Luke, Linzi, Fionnáin, Sean, Éirinn and Lana-Maye, sister Peggy, brother John, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at his residence Sunday from 3 – 9pm. Removal on Monday evening to S.S. Peter and Paul’s church Balbriggan arriving for 6.15 o’clock. Funeral Mass Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock followed by burial in Flemington Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Beaumont Hospital Palliative Care. Basket in Church ℅ McNally’s Funeral Directors.

May He Rest In Peace

AGM – Proposed amendments to the Club Constitution/Rules

Membership Secretary Tom Nielsen has proposed the following for adoption at the AGM;
Proposals for the AGM, Sligo RFC – 11th June 2014

Proposal for Membership 2014 – 2015 Season

As Membership Secretary for Sligo RFC I propose the following amendments to membership fees for the season 2014 – 2015:

General Membership 120.00
Adult Player 90.00 (Student €60)
Youth Player 100.00 (€50 Membership and €50 Travel Levy)
Juvenile Player 75.00 (€50 Membership and €25 Food Levy)
Coach/Manager 50.00

1 Youth Player & Coach 140.00
2+ Youth Players & Coach 200.00

1 Juvenile Player & Coach U7 75.00
1 Juvenile Player & Coach U8 100.00
1 Juvenile Player & Coach U9-U12 115.00
2+ Juvenile Players & Coach 150.00

Family Membership 150.00 (2 Adults + Levy for any Active Player/s)

400 Club 120.00 (Includes Membership for 1. Can only be paid via Direct Debit or Standing Order)

NO pay – NO play cut off date for annual membership 1st November 2014.

2 Proposed changes to Sligo RFC’s constitution:

1.) Change Rule 17 by adding 2 new categories of member – 400 Club members and Coach/Manager members.
Rule 17 will after the change read as follows:
“The following categories of Members shall exist:
1. Life Members
2. 400 Club Members
3. Full Members
4. Playing Members
5. Student Members
6. Coach/Manager Members
7. Family Members
8. Youth Members
9. Juvenile Members”

2.) Change Rule 18 by cutting the overdue time frame from 5 to 2 months and also adding a new paragraph.
Rule 18 will after the change read as follows:
“Annual subscriptions fall due on the 1st of September, and any paying member, whose subscription is two months overdue, shall forthwith cease to be a member of the Club
Any player that is overdue cannot be selected to play for the Club.”

Yours in Rugby,

Tom Nielsen
Sligo RFC Membership Secretary
086 412 6055

Sligo RFC AGM 2014 – set for Wed June 11th


The general committee has set the date of the Sligo RFC AGM for Wed June 11th at 8pm in the Clubhouse in Strandhill.

Resolutions, vacant committee positions and more details to follow.