Annual Dinner and Awards Night

Sligo RFC Annual Dinner and Awards Night with special guest speaker Connacht Coach Pat Lam will be held on 29th May in The Glasshouse Hotel.

There will be a 7pm Drinks Reception followed by Dinner and Awards with Music and Dance. 

Tickets are keenly priced at €35 and are available from Michael Storey (086) 819 8540 George Draper (087) 245 1570, Mary O’Hehir (087) 269 7083 or Jacqui Cunningham (087) 248 3524. Booking is essential, tickets are expected to sell out fast and seating is limited so please ensure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Ronnie O’Hara RIP

The President, Chairman, players and members of Sligo RFC extend their deepest sympathies to the O’Hara family on the sad passing of our dear friend and member Ronnie O’Hara.

Ronnie was a former head of our Juvenile Section, where he played a very important role in shaping the success of many teams currently going through the Club today. We are moat grateful for his contribution to the Club and are greatly saddened at his passing.

Ronnie is pictured above and below with other members of the Club in happier times in The Millenium Stadium celebrating Ireland’s historic grand slam victory over Wales in 2009.


Ronnie passed peacefully at the North West Hospice, Sligo after a long illness, bravely bourne. Beloved husband of Eavan and loving father of Graham, Tom, Bobby and Judi. Ronnie will be very sadly missed by his loving wife and children, parents Seamus and Patsy, brother David, extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposing at Nazareth House Chapel, Church Hill, Sligo on Thursday (30th) from 4pm until 7pm. Remains arriving at St Columba’s Church, Rosses Point on Friday (1st May) for Funeral Mass at 4pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to S.H.O.U.T or North West Hospice Sligo.


Head Coach/Player Coach opportunity at Sligo RFC

Sligo Rugby Football Club, who will play in Ulster Bank League Division 2C next season, are currently inviting applications for the position of Head Coach or Player-Coach for their senior squad.

Sligo RFC, an established club with over 120 years of rich history, are offering the opportunity for a talented and ambitious coaching professional to drive anddevelop senior rugby at the clubleading their senior squad in the Ulster Bank League for the 2015/16 season and beyond.


This is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring coach to further develop his/her coaching skills in a thriving and ambitious club. Sligo’s senior squad finished 8th in this season’s Division 2B in the Ulster Bank League, while their seconds squad gained promotion to Connacht Junior League 1B. The club has a prospering underage section with teams at various age-levels successful in provincial and all-Ireland competitions in recent years.

They are currently recruiting a head coach for the club’s senior squad, based in Sligo.


The Head Coach is responsible for: 

The overall direction and development of senior rugby across the club. 
Lead a coaching team responsible for the UBLsquad and manage the coaching team at all levels of senior rugby. 
Plan and deliver all coaching sessions for the senior squad. 
Drive the identification and recruitment of new players. 
Oversee pre-season training and liaise with S&C coach to ensure optimum preparation.
Player performance management across the entire senior squad. 
Ensure the continued strong link with seconds’ squad and maintain competitive environment at training, ensuring a committed ethos across the entire playing squad. 
Develop a strong relationship with the seconds’ team coach to ensure the fluid movement of players between squads with the aim of developing player depth across the entire senior squad. 
Continually develop and manage talent at all levels of the club.
Input into underage section with a view to identifying and fostering emerging talent. 
Liaise with executive committee on the direction of the club and future progress.

The ideal candidate will possess: 

Experience coaching or playing at first team level in the Ulster Bank League or higher, or the equivalent grade abroad.
Experience of working/playing in a professional environment highly desirable.
Excellent organisational, interpersonal, and communications skills to ensure the successful direction of senior rugby at the club. 
A firm belief in the continuous development of players across all levels of the club. 
In-depth tactical knowledge and proven ability to work with both forwards and backs, to develop a playing strategy for the senior squad. 
A drive to succeed. 



Minimum Qualification Required:

Qualified IRB Level 4 coach or in the process of attaining IRB Level 4.


Please apply by email to the Chairman of Sligo RFC, Michael Storey, at by COB, Friday, May 22nd, 2015.



Sligo RFC V’s Greystones RFC – UBL Div 2B

As the season draws to a close, Sligo welcome Greystones to Hamilton Park for the final UBL game of the season.

The day promises to be a good one with sunshine (albeit promised a little cooler than earlier in the week), 90 people sitting for the pre-match meal in the Club at 12:30pm, the game itself and a post match end of season party to include a port & cheese reception courtesy of Jacqui Cunningham and Home Care Independent Living Sligo (to whom we are most grateful for their sponsorship) and live music into the night.

Download the match programme here – Sligo RFC V Greystones RFC – April 2015 – Match Programme

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Minister Michael Ring’s visit to Sligo RFC

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Minister Michael Ring visited Sligo RFC today to view the ongoing development work at the Club.

As the Club continues to develop the facilities at Hamilton Park, in recent times this has been undertaken with the assistance of Sligo Leader Partnership/TUS and following the Club’s successful Sports Capital funding application last year, the minister came to see the Club’s development plans.

Incoming Club President Tony Heath with Minister Michael Ring




The minister was joined on his visit by Deputy Tony McLoughlin and Deputy John Perry, together with a number of local councillors. Also in attendance was Paul Tolan from Sligo Leader Partnership. Many Club members and friends turned out for the ministers visit.

Former Club Chairman Rory Raftery addressed the gathering, thanking the Minister for taking the time on his trip to Sligo to visit the Club. Rory showed the minister the Club’s development plans, pointing out what has been achieved to date and the Clubs plans for the future. He expressed the gratitude of the members of the Club to the minister for the award of Sport Capital funding to the Club last year. In reply the minister acknowledged all the work that volunteers do for sport across the country and he went on to thank all present for the work that they do for Sligo Rugby Club. Deputies Perry and McLoughlin also addressed the gathering by thanking the minister and again acknowledging the good work being carried out at the Club.

Our thanks to Michael and Mary O’Hehir (O’Hehir’s Bakery) for providing refreshments for the visit.



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Minister Ring assisted with the drawing of the winners for this months Sligo RFC Development 400 Club draw. More details on this and on the winners to follow shortly. Pictured are Tom Nielsen (Sligo RFC 400 Club draw organiser), Deputy John Perry, Ken O’Neill (Sligo RFC 400 Club draw organiser), Minister Michael Ring, Deputy Tony McLoughlin.

Connacht Rugby Launch 2015 Summer Camps

Connacht Rugby’s popular summer camps are back for the 10th year. Taking place in a range of venues across the province, the camps will guarantee the rugby stars of the future an action packed week of training during their summer holidays.

Download the Connacht Rugby Summer Camp Application From 2015 here

The Sligo Rugby Camp will take place from June 29th to July 3rd, 2015.

Book early by completing the linked application form above to ensure your place.



Roger Eames R.I.P.

The President, Chairman, Committee and members of Sligo RFC extend their deepest sympathies to Damian Eames and the Eames family on the sad passing of Roger Eames. Roger was father of current ARCB President Damian Eames and he passed away yesterday 31st Mar 2015.

Roger Eames:

Greenfield close, Mohill and formerly of Larkhill road, Sligo. Tuesday, March, 31st peacefully at Summerville Nursing Home, Strandhill, Sligo.

Pre-deceased by his wife Vera.

Reposing at the residence of his son, Damian and daughter-in-law Denise, 1 Riversdale, Leitrim village, tomorrow (Thurs) from two o’clock with removal on (Fri) morning to the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, Sligo for Funeral Liturgy at half past eleven. Burial afterwards in Rossinver cemetery, Co. Leitrim.

House private on (Fri) morning please. Family flowers only, donations if desired to The North/West Hospice, Sligo.

End of Season Party – Pre-Match Lunch / Post-Match Cheese & Port Reception

Jacqui Cunningham - Port & Cheese Reception

Venue: Sligo Rugby Club Date: Saturday 11th April at 12:30pm

Cost: 20 Euro per person

Price Includes:
- Pre-Match 2 Course Lunch served in Clubhouse at 12:30pm
- Entry to Match and Match Programme (Sligo RFC V Greystones RFC) at 2:30pm
- Post Match Cheese and Port Reception at 4:15pm
- Live Music (5pm – 8pm)

We would like to invite all members and friends of Sligo Rugby Club to join us on Saturday 11th April for our end of season match and party at the Club.
Your support would be much appreciated.

Please book your place(s) by Wed 8th April with Jacqui Cunningham (087-2483524) or email at

Pre-match meal

Conán the Barbarian

This is a recent blog piece on Modafix by Triona O’Donnell

Let me tell you about Conán.

The last time I felt this compelled to write was to express my love for Strandhill. It seems everywhere we turn lately, someone asks about our Conán and it’s heartwarming to know that you are all behind him, watching him on TV and genuinely delighted for him.

Unfortunately we’re not in a position to go see him play at every stadium across the water, but most recently we watched Him (COD IS GOD, after all) play at Donnybrook, where the Irish U20 side took on arch-nemesis, England. It was sheer joy entering the stadium. We travelled from London, Galway, Sligo and San Fran to see him! I saw faces in the crowd that I hadn’t seen since my primary school days; Family friends joined us to share the experience, as did Conán’s own #K4crew (a reliable brotherhood of Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré meets Kevinsfort – friends for life).

Personally, I found the game exhilarating. I’m no expert by any measure, but I was wide-eyed in disbelief with the talent on display, roaring and shouting (I’m my mother’s daughter. Now, if you haven’t heard Colette at a GAA or rugby match, be it on the telly or in the crowd, it’s worth a listen!) Everyone was talking about Ringrose. He was the one that impressed the most. With 5 minutes to go, I was still hopeful Ireland would get a try to secure the draw. Edge-of-your-seat kind of stuff. The result was disappointing, but it was a fantastic display. Both the Irish and English teams had met their match that day.

The capping ceremony was something special, surrounded by family and his group of friends. Despite COD’s disappointment, he was in good spirits and grateful to everyone who came to support him. ‘He’s a character’, I overheard an onlooker chuckle as he was awarded his second cap for Ireland.

He celebrated that night with his team and although he was in Coppers til 5am, he was the first to arrive for brunch I had organised for 11am the following morning… everyone else arrived casually a half an hour late! Punctuality is not our forté.

Conán is never, ever in bad form. I wish we could all take a leaf out of His Bible. He seems to take everything in his stride and leaves the worries for another day. He goes to Mass every Sunday morning at 12:30 and lights three candles. One day I asked him: ‘Why three?’ And I’ll never forget his reply: ‘One for me, one for the family and one for everybody in the audience’. 

Conán is actually the most modest fella you’ll meet. He has bag loads of Connacht rugby and Irish rugby gear and you’ll probably never see him wearing it outside the training camps. I don’t think he likes to draw attention, but how can he not with that distinct walk? It’s the same walk he walks on the rugby pitch. Most likely you’ll see him sport his trademark purple Flintstone T-shirt or the blue Spongebob one – both worn to death and dotted with holes. Around his neck you’ll spot some wooden rosary beads that Granny got in Medjugorje. On social media, there’s no trace that he’s an international rugby player. I suppose he leaves that to us!

It is a very exciting time for our family. We are all thrilled. My parents couldn’t be prouder. They well and truly saved the best ’til last, but boy did he keep us all waiting. He was practically a month overdue. All 10 pounds and 3 ounces of him. So close is the bond between my mum and our ‘Beauty’ that he didn’t want to leave her side. She’s the first person he looks for when the ref blows the whistle. As for mo Dhaid (although another modest man), I’ve never seen him as proud. Stepping onto the pitch after each game, he is completely overwhelmed with the joy and pride, that he can’t control these emotions and the tears flow. Uncontrollably. Beautifully.

When Conán was born I literally shouted it from the rooftops. I cycled throughout the whole estate shouting about him. My friends still remember this. I wanted everyone to know. Here I am, 18 years later, doing it all over again. I think it’s important to celebrate what people mean to you. Open up and express your emotion. I have a lot of love for each of my siblings, I love to spend time with them and I’m not afraid to show it. Without my family, I would have very, very little in life.

Conán deserves every bit of his success. In his pre-Leaving and Leaving Cert years, he practised solo for an hour, every single night after study. Rain, hail or snow. Just throwing the rugby ball repeatedly against the wall. The windows and walls were filthy. We waited until after his exams to power hose. After each game, he took pen to paper to analyse his performance; determined to improve. This guy knows what he wants.

He has always been that way. My brother Brían is a die hard Liverpool fan and growing up we used to know when there was a Liverpool match on through Brían’s behaviour alone. He had little rituals like wearing his Liverpool tracksuit and jersey in the house, locking the conservatory door so no-one would disturb him and even bringing the remote to the toilet so we couldn’t change the channel. One evening Conán got hold of the remote and wanted to watch cartoons. The lads were fighting over the remote until Conán removed and SWALLOWED THE BATTERIES! I repeat: this guy knows what he wants. In the hospital he told the doctor: ‘Press my belly button and I’ll turn on the telly’. I think mum should write that book!

The interesting thing about Conán is that he didn’t attend a ‘rugby school’. He got offers from a few top schools around the country, but chose to fly the flag for Summerhill. Check out the celebrations at Summerhill’s latest rugby success here. He doesn’t forget his roots and proudly plays with his club, Sligo RFC whenever he can.

Read all about Sligo RFC here (a well written account by John Kane).

We are exceptionally proud of our Conán and thank you for asking. We’ve enjoyed the journey so far and are excited to see what the future holds. I love watching the video of Robbie Henshaw  and his grandfather as it’s something we can relate to: I think my mum may burn down the house with all the candles she lights and the praying she does! In COD we trust.

Watch the video here.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sligo RFC will be participating in this years St Patrick’s day parade.

We are hoping for a massive turn out of Juvenile players to take part. We will be meeting up on Mail Coach Road at 12 noon by the petrol station. We would love to see as many Juvenile players turn out in their colours – club tops or jackets.

There will be goodies for all the kids and we are trying to organise food for afters for the kids.

Senior players – Ladies and Men will also be taking part as will Youths and Tag players. It will be massive.

Hopefully we will see you there!

A blast from the past!

Here’s a blast from the past. Who remembers this belter of a try from one of Ireland favourites Simon Geoghegan against the ‘auld enemy’? We have many young Simon Geoghegan’s in our club and we want to improve training facilities for them. Help us achieve our goal in developing an all-weather training facility by joining our 400 club development draw. Message us on Facebook and we will get the ball rolling with you. Or you can download the application form here. Many thanks.

Club New Years party – Sat Jan 31

Sligo RFC are hosting a New Years party on next Saturday Jan 31st in The Glasshouse at 8pm – there will be music, food and craic !!!

The party is a celebration for all of those people in the Club that give up their time for the Club – the players, the coaches, the committee, the disco volunteers, the fundraisers, etc. This is the Club’s way of thanking you for your time and efforts over the course of the season. You and your spouse/partner are very welcome to join us for a night of celebration.

Please confirm your attendance as we need numbers for the Hotel. You can book your place by texting Jacqui on (087) 248 3524 or by email at

We look forward to seeing ye there!

J1C Round Robin – Day 2

Matt Davey carries v Dunmore RFC

Sligo development side will travel to Galway tomorrow to play Galwegians in the second of their three games in the round robin to decide the J1C league winner.

Top spot gains promotion to division J1B and Sligo having topped the table in the earlier part of the league have their sights firmly set on promotion.

Round three will take place on Feb 22 when Sligo face NUIG at home.

Best wishes to Roger Burrows and his side for tomorrow’s game!

Success for Sligo Development side in J1C round robin

Sligo RFC 24
Dunmore RFC 5

Andrew Williams steals the Dunmore lineout ball

The Sligo Development XV took a step towards promotion and the league title when they picked up a bonus point win over a physical Dunmore outfit at Hamilton Park on Sunday. Having finished top of the Connacht J1C league, Sligo are pitted in a round robin play off with Dunmore, NUIG and Galwegians for the coveted title and promotion to League J1B. Sligo’s table topping finish places them as top seeds in the round robin and ensures that they have two home games (Dunmore and NUIG) and one away game against Galwegians.

Niall O'Hara controls the game from early on

Despite the recent heavy rainfall the surface at Strandhill was in excellent condition when Sligo’s Niall O’Hara kicked off. The locals were keen to put down an early marker and their high tempo start caused trouble in the Dunmore ranks.

Garry O'Hehir at scrumhalf

Eight minutes in Sligo struck, live wire scrum half Garry O’Hehir made a break on the Dunmore 22 and was hauled down on the five metre line. A quick recycle allowed Matt Davey the space to dot down wide on the left. O’Hehir was narrowly wide with the tricky conversion attempt.

Matt Davey try

Sligo continued to play a high tempo game with Outhalf Niall O’Hara controlling the game excellently, moving the bigger Dunmore park round the park at every opportunity.

Stuart O'Brien try

Try number two came after fourteen minutes. Davey gained momentum with some good work on the half way line before a decisive Andrew Williams break brought play into the Dunmore 22. The ball was moved to O’Hara who hoisted a cross kick to the right corner. Sean Donnelly rose over the Dunmore defender and camly palmed the ball back to Stuart O”Brien who finished close to the posts. O’Hehir converted to put Sligo into a twelve point lead.

Sligo continued to press and were rewarded with a third try on the half hour. Dermot Kiely got has hands on a Dunmore lineout throw ten yards from the line and the Sligo pack smelled blood. With Wesley Maxwell and Craig Adams to the fore the forwards drove for the line and David Cawley completed the job with the touchdown.

Dunmore battled back into the game using their powerful forwards to force penalties in the Sligo defence. The County Galway men got the reward for their industry with a welll taken try in the corner on the stroke of half time.

The second half commenced much as the fiirst ended with the contrasting styles of the two teams to the fore, Sligo trying to put pace on the ball and Dunmore eager to bring their powerful forwards into play at every opportunity.

David Cawley secures the lineout for Sligo

With ten minutes remaining on the clock Sligo picked up the all important try bonus point. Strong running from replacement Sean Mulin and Clive Morris gave Sligo position in the Dunmore 22. Pressure on the visiting defence forced a penalty five yards from the lline and Sligo opted for the scrum. Solid work from Phillip Allen and Aaron Tansey gave Williams the platform to pick and go for the line. The number 8 was stopped short and a number of pick and drives ensued before O’Hehir squeezed in for the touchdown.

Dermot O'Connor on the attack from full back

Dunmore valiantly responded in the hunt for a consolation score but Sligo kept their line intact until the referee finally blew the long whistle.

Garry O'Hehir feeds the scrum

Next Sunday Sligo travel to Galway to face Galwegians in the second leg of their round robin playoff. Sligo will be looking to repeat the performance of the league encounter when they defeated “Wegians in Galway but will know that “wegians will be a different proposition when it comes to a playoff situation, The match kicks off on Sunday at 2.30

Sligo Dermott O’Connor, Stuart O’Brien, Sean Donnelly, Matt Davey, Clive Morris, Niall O’Hara, Garry O’Hehir, Aaron Tansey, Craig Adams, Wesley Maxwell, Dermot Kiely, David Cawley, Michael McMorrow, Terence O’Connor, Andrew Williams. Reps Phillip Allen, Darren Wilson, Christian Carroll, Rory Mullan, Sean Mullin.

Sligo U18′s secure league final place

Sligo RFC V Corinthians RFC
Under 18 League Semi Final
11th January 2015, 11th January 2015

In the first of two semi-finals, Sligo took on their old rivals Corinthians in a vicious dogfight to secure a chance to compete for the League title in three weeks’ time. Soggy underfoot conditions made it a day for the forwards while a wicked cross field wind blowing consistently throughout the match proved problematic for both kickers. Despite the weathers best efforts, the game drew both a crowd and top performances from the two sides.

Corinthians opened the match by launching the drop-off deep into the Sligo pack, testing them under the high swirling ball. A series of strong carries asked questions of the Corinthians resolve but a forced pass in contact handed momentum to the away side. Sligo demonstrated superb discipline in defence with Liam Mc Elhinney and Darragh Cummins putting in bone shaking tackles to blunt the Corinthians forward advances.

The game broke up slightly with each set of players looking for weaknesses in their well-prepared counterpart’s line. The scrum provided a solid platform for both sides but it was Sligo who capitalised first. The combination of a clever break up the middle and a mammoth clearing kick from T.J. Ford gave the Sligo men field position, buried in Corinthians’ 22. Pressure at the lineout and marauding runs from the likes of Ciaran Cassidy and Shanae O’Hehir left Sligo five metres short of the try line and Corinthians with a man in the bin for consistently slowing the ball down at the breakdown.

One man to the good and tails up, Sligo shifted into fifth, the rolling maul proving to be a most potent weapon against a floundering Corinthians pack. The extra man began to take its toll, the Corinthians line spread thin and ragged. Two successive pods off yet another scrum sucked in any would be tacklers then a snap back to the blind side from Neil Murray left Jack Keegan in space and diving for the whitewash. Unfortunately Keegan, kicking into the gusting breeze, couldn’t convert the resulting kick.

From there on in it was all Sligo. Possession, position and phases began to stack up but the home side lacked the clinical edge to strike while the iron was hot. Corinthians were now back to full strength and putting plays of their own together. Gradual yards and flowing backline moves started to cause trouble in the Sligo lines and a lapse in concentration led to a highly kickable penalty in front of the posts. Corinthians place kicker made no mistakes in putting the ball between the sticks.

Sligo ended the half with a flurry but a knock-on ten metres out left them frustrated going into the break.

Changes at scrumhalf and flanker added physicality to the Sligo line in an attempt to liven up the play and put a dent in the Corinthians on rushing carriers. Keegan set the game rolling again with a high punt into the Corinthians 22. Much like the previous half, Sligo started the better of the two teams but with a stronger sense of urgency about their general shape and play.

Cassidy’s and Jake Sexton’s domineering presence at the lineout chocked Corinthians of their own ball while the backline became more involved with harder lines and increasingly fluid moves. The ever present menace of Sligo’s rolling maul became Corinthians bane with their inability to deal with it effectively resulting in another Sligo try, T.J. Ford finishing off beside the corner flag after a ten metre drive and a sustained pick-and-go drive at the Corinthians line. Keegan pushed his conversion attempt to the left and wide of the uprights. Sligo had another chance to add to their lead but a forward pass at the last minute denied Sligo another possible seven points.

Corinthians responded in kind with a try of their own shortly after, casting off any delusions regarding their capacity to win. An uncharacteristically lax Sligo defence enabled the Galway men to gain ground and, inevitably, a path to the try line. A successful conversion left the sides level at ten all, Corinthians asking all the questions.

Reorganised and refocused from the restart, Sligo created opportunities for themselves with clever field kicking and smart play management. Sligo’s perseverance paid off, the source; the rolling maul. A smooth lineout led to a maul being set up. Together, united, the Sligo pack drove forward, ten metres out, five metres out and Mc Elhinney crossing the line with ball in hand. Ford stepped up to slot home the extra two points from the touch line into the strengthening wind.

Never giving up, Corinthians clawed their way back into the Sligo 22 to set up a position from which to get the score that would draw them level for the second time. Sligo put their bodies on the line but to no avail as Corinthians scored in the corner. The following conversion struck the upright and bounced wide leaving Sligo 17-15 going into the final four nerve racking minutes. Corinthians threw everything they could at Sligo but they held firm. Fresh replacements added that extra defensive oomph needed to see out the victory.

One final penalty gave the replacement scrumhalf, Ryan Feehily, the simple task of booting the ball into touch, bringing the game to a close. Sligo won 17-15 which is enough to see them through to the final in the Sportgrounds in three weeks’ time after a hard fought match between two of the best sides in Connacht.