U13′s – Start of season news

U13s ( Born 2002 )


Registration and First Training Session takes place this Sunday morning 7th September at Sligo Rugby Club from 10am – 12 midday. All new members welcome.

New membership forms and rates are available here.

If you need any further information please contact Hugh O’Hehir @ 087 2370646 or hugh.ohehir@gmail.com.

Juvenile Rugby – new season news

Sligo RFC Juveniles

Training for the Juvenile section re-starts in Sligo IT on Sat Sept 6th at 10 am.

Please note that registration for the new season takes place in Sligo Rugby Club on Wed 3rd Sept between 19:00 & 21:00. (new membership forms and rates are available here). Parents are asked to complete the membership and registration forms in advance by printing them from the resources section of the Club website – here. Please also ensure to bring the appropriate membership subscription (cheques can be made payable to Sligo RFC) together with a passport sized photo and completed and signed IRFU Player Registration form for all new registrations.

New Members are most welcome.

Sporting traditions....

Catering for U7’s (child born 2008) up to U12’s (child born in 2003).

Note that U7 is Leprechaun (also known as TAG RUGBY) so it’s a great safe introduction for your child to the game of rugby.

Connacht U19′s overcome Irish Exiles


Connacht U19s 23-21 Irish Exiles U19s

After last week’s defeat to Leinster, a win will feel important to the Connacht U19′s after a promising outing.

Connacht, Captained by Mathew Cosgrove consisted of four Sligo players in the starting XV with two more on the bench – hooker Joe Bennet, back row and captain Mathew Cosgrove, left wing Jack Keegan and 2nd centre Andrew Lynch. In the reserves were tight head prop Thomas Moran and utility player Ronan O’Brien. Also invloved with the U19′s squad is scrum half Stephen Kerins who was unavailable for selection due to injury.

The Connacht U19 side is managed by Sligo’s Football Chairman John Davey, while Sligo head coach Gavin Foley is the back line coach. Sligo’s new forwards coaching advisor Charlie Cooper is the Connacht U19 head coach.

Well done to all involved and their families!

Connacht U18′s loose out narrowly to the Irish Exiles


The Connacht U18′s played against the Irish Exiles yesterday at The Sportsground in Galway. The game finished 15-10 to the Exiles following a late try in the final moments of the game.


There were nine Sligo players involved in the squad with six in the starting XV – Cillian Gallager, Liam McElhinney, Darragh Cummins, Shane O’Hehir, Hadi Mousa, Ryan Feehily, Paul Kilcoyne, T.J. Ford and Enda Farrell.


Connacht played well and the Sligo players within that also made good accounts of themselves. Everyone got a run out and at one stage there were seven Sligo players on the field.

We look forward to the next outing!

Full match report here – http://domestic.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-u18s-fade-to-loss



Photos courtesy of Mary O’Hehir, Monica McElhinney and Connacht Rugby.

Nine Sligo players in the Connacht U18′s line-up


With the announcement of the Connacht U18/schools team, there are six Sligo RFC players named in the starting XV for their first game against the Exiles tomorrow. While there are a furhter three named on the bench.

While all nine represent Sligo RFC, Five of the nine are representing Summerhill College – Cillian Gallager, Liam McElhinney, Darragh Cummins, Shane O’Hehir and Haidi Mousa, with Ryan Feehily, Paul Kilcoyne and T.J. Ford representing Sligo Grammar School and Enda Farrell representing Roscrea College.

Many congratulations to all players and their families from the committee and members of Sligo RFC and best wishes to them for the game tomorrow.

Give it a Try!

Sligo RFC Womens team are having their open night (youth and adult) as part of the IRFU “Give it a Try” campaign for Women’s Rugby on August 19th at 6:30 pm at Sligro RFC, Hamilton Park, Strandhill. These are exciting times for women’s rugby in Ireland, so come and Give it a Try!



Sligo RFC needs your help in staffing their car parks during the Fleadh.

We need you to respond to the email address below indicating when you can help between the hours of 10am – 10pm as follows:

- 3 hours per slots starting at 10am (10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm, 4pm-7pm or 7pm-10pm)
- Thursday 14th Aug
- Friday 15th Aug
- Saturday 16th Aug
- Sunday 17th Aug

Please sign up quickly so we can ensure all slots are allocated. This is a huge fund-raiser for our club as the full €3 per car goes directly to our club.

Please pick your date and time and email me, including your name and mobile number, at sligorfc.carpark@gmail.com

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