Life Member, Geraldine Feeney, one of Sligo RFC’s staunchest members, wasÂ re-elected to Seanad Eireann last week, and in the process headed the poll. She also had the distinction of being the first candidate electedÂ on the Labour Panel. Continue reading ‘Life Member Of Club Heads Poll In Seanad Elections’
Monthly Archive for July, 2007
The fitness testing of senior and U-20Â players, which was scheduled for Saturday next, has been postponed, to afford players and club members the opportunityÂ to travel to Croke Park to support Sligo. It will now take place in the Sligo Sports Complex on Saturday August 11th from 11 am until 1 pm, and will be conducted by Karl Gilligan.
The first two training sessions of the new season were conducted last weekÂ by Bernie Kelly and Joe Walsh, and attracted attracted very bigÂ numbers. This certainly augurs very well for the season. Training continues each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7 pm, and players are required to be on the pitch at that time. All newcomers to Sligo, and anyone who wishes to take up the game, will be most welcome. Sligo will field teams at 1st, 2nd and U-20 levels this season.
Usually when a club member is elected to high office, he is content to oversee proceedings and just become involved in sedentary andÂ leisurely persuits. Current Vice-President, Brendan Leahy is certainly the antithesis of this stereotype. Continue reading ‘Active Vice-President’
In a week when it was announced that the All Blacks would play in Croke Park in 2008, it is appropriate that another famous side in black will grace theÂ historic stadium on Saturday next. Many club members are making the trip to the capital for the game, and they will do so with a lot of pride andÂ more than a little optimism. They will be especially willing former clubÂ star, Charles Harrison to victory, as well as squad member, Conor McGowan, who trained last season in the club. Continue reading ‘The Trip To Croker’
Juvenile coach, Annie West’s superbÂ exhibition of paintings was officially opened by Michael D.Higgins T.D. at the Cat and the Moon Gallery, Castle St. on Saturday last. Continue reading ‘Juvenile Coach's Successful Exhibition’
In order to afford all members the opportunity to travel to Croke Park on August 4th to support Sligo, the Fitness Testing arranged for the Sligo Sports Complex on that date, has been postponed for a week. It will now take place on Saturday August 11th in the Sports Complex from 11 am until 1 pm, and will be conducted by Karl Gilligan.
Training for 1st, 2nd and U-20 players, under Director of Rugby, Bernie Kelly and Coach, Joe Walsh, commenced on Tuesday July 24th, and was attended by 34 players. Training continues each Tuesday and Thursday, and all players should be on the pitch by 7 pm. Any newcomer to Sligo who wishes to resume his career, or anyone who wishes to take up the game, will be particularly welcome.
The finals of the Tag League were held on Thursday last and despite the appalling weather attracted a bumper attendance. In all, four finals were played, and the conditions notwithstanding, spectators were treated to a feast of exciting rugby. Continue reading ‘Tag Finals Attract Bumper Attendance’
Frenchman, Thomas Darval, who in May won a French U-19 national league medal with the famed Colomiers club, arrives in Sligo on September 2nd. Thomas comes with a formidable reputation, and should be a tremendous asset to the club. He plans to spend the next three years here, as a student at IT Sligo.
On of the busiest club members during the closed season has been Fixtures Secretary, Eamonn McGowan, and his hard work and perseverance has been rewarded,as he has secured some excellent early season friendly fixtures for the club. Among the visitors to Hamilton Park are Enniskillen and Limavaddy, while the 1st XV will make two visits to the capital to play Barnhall and Old Belvedere.
Barnhall is the former club of Peter Gillespie, where he served as Juvenile Chairman, before becoming a legendary figure in Sligo RFC, while the President of Old Belvedere is former Sligo player, Damien Torsney, a native of Dromahair.
Last Friday evening’s special charity disco in the clubhouse was very successful and attracted a large attendance. All monies collected at the disco go to two special charities, the Sligo Branch of Special Olympics, and to part sponsor member James Coulter, who travels to Cape Town to assist in the township building programme there. Many thanks to DJ, Levi Curran who kindly gave his services free, to Tiger Press who printed the admission tickets, and to the 28 stewards and to Peter Gillespie for his trojan work. Congratulations to all who attended on their excellent behaviour.
Scrum-half, Cathal Sheridan and prop, Jason East are both members of the Connacht U-20 squad which are in training for the upcoming inter-provincial championships. Youth International, Jason is also a member of the Connacht U-19 Academy.
Last season’s U-16 star, Tadgh Power is a member of the U-17 Academy squad, which are in full time training in Galway for the summer, while wing forward, Rory Kerins, and prop Richard Henry are members of the Connacht Youths squad.
All plans are in place for the finals of the Tag Rugby league which take place at Hamilton Park on Thursday next [July 19th.] The finals are a fitting climax to a superb league which surpassed everyone’s expectations, both in terms of enjoyment for the participants and for attendances. Continue reading ‘Tag League Final On Thursday’
Training for all 1st team, 2nd team and U-20 players commences on Tuesday next [July 24th.] in Hamilton Park at 7 pm. Any newcomer to Sligo, or anyone who wishes to take up the game, will be particularly welcome. This season the club will field teams in these three grades. Director of Rugby, Bernie Kelly, is optimistic that the club will have a successful season in all grades. 1st XV coach is Joe Walsh, and manager is Brendan Leahy, and they will be renewing a partnership which brought the all-Ireland U-18 league title to Sligo in 2004.