Congratulations are extended from the President, the Committee, and the entire membership, to First XV team member, Peter Mullan, and his wife, Caroline, on the birth of their son today.
Monthly Archive for January, 2008
Sligo RFC Players and members of the Connacht Youths Squad: Aaron Spring, Rory Kerins (Man of the Match), and Richard Henry (Injured)
Connacht won the U-18 Youths’ Inter-Provincial championship at Mullingar RFC on Saturday last when they defeated Leinster in the final by 19 -7. Playing leading roles in their province’s success were Sligo players, Rory Kerins, who starred at open side wing forward, and 16 year old, Aaron Spring, who impressed at lock when he came off the bench. Both players are key personnel in the Summerhill College’s Senior Cup team against Sligo Grammar School on Wednesday next in the Connacht Schools’ quarter final in Summerhill [kick-off 2.30 p.m.].
A third product of the club, prop forward, Richard Henry, who now plays with UCD, was unavailable for selection due to injury.
Senior coach, Joe Walsh, is a member of the winning team’s coaching staff. Congratulations to all four on their achievement.
Additional photos from the game can be found here (courtesy of Karl Kerins).
A full match report can be found on KnockOn.ie
All juvenile players, their siblings and parents are invited to attend an exclusive big screen viewing of Irelandâ€™s opening RBS 6 nations encounter on Saturday 2nd February. Taking place at Croke Park, Ireland entertain Italy -Â whom they narrowly defeated in Belfast last AugustÂ â€“ in what will beÂ Eddie Oâ€™ Sullivanâ€™s first re-building match since the disappointments of the World Cup in France.
We are delighted to announce that we have, in conjunction with the Cineplex and Supermacs in Carrick-on-Shannon, organised an exclusive live viewing of this match. This will take place at the recently opened and â€˜state of the artâ€™ facilities at the Carrick Cineplex, Carrick-on-Shannon. An entire auditorium has been reserved for the exclusive use of Sligo Juvenile Rugby.
Following normal training arrangements on Saturday 2nd February, buses will be on hand to transfer players and their families from the Institute of Technology, Sligo to Carrick-on-Shannon. Lunch will be available on arrival at Supermacs. This will be followed by a live viewing of the game at 2pm in the nearby Cineplex. Afterwards, everyone will be returned to the IT car park with an expected time of arrival of 4.30pm.
This event has been priced at â‚¬15 per traveller and includes the cost of travel, food and the cinema.
Please text, as soon as possible, 086 2548369 to confirm whether you wish to travel. Given the likelihood of muddy training conditions, all players intending on travelling to Carrick-on-Shannon are advised to bring a change of kit with them on Saturday.
Ballina 17 :: Sligo 19
Finally the long anticipated League match against local rivals Ballina took place, in near perfect conditions at Ballina. Sligoâ€™s Under 13 squad were, however, short in numbers this time around. Due to other commitments a significant number of their backline were absent, and as a result a very reduced panel was available to the coaches.
Tuam 18 :: Sligo 3
Sligo, boosted by two impressive consecutive victories, travelled in optimistic mood to Garraun Park, Tuam, on Sunday last for their Heineken Connacht Junior Cup first round tie against the home side, but suffered a comprehensive defeat on an 18 -3 scoreline. The home side, who are having an indifferent league campaign, were metaphorically waiting in the long grass for Sligo, and giving a fine all round performance, they were thoroughly deserving winners. Continue reading ‘Sligo's Heineken Connacht Cup Hopes Dashed’
On Saturday next in Hamilton Park, Sligo play Crosshaven RFC in the quarter final of the AIB All-Ireland Junior Cup. The kick-off officially was fixed for 2 pm, in a direct clash with the live telecast of the Ireland V Italy game in Croke Park, but both clubs have agreed to bring the starting time forward to 12.00 pm, to enable the teams and their supporters to view the International on television in the Clubhouse. Continue reading ‘AIB All-Ireland Cup Quarter Final On Saturday At 12 Noon’
The bad weather again forced the cancellation of all under-age games at the club over the week-end. However, Michael O’Hehir’s U-13′s traveled to Ballina on Saturday and recorded an impressive, if narrow, victory over the home side.
The U-14′s travelled to Co. Antrim on Sunday and were narrowly defeated in a training game in Holywood.
Holywood and Sligo U14 players together after their friendly match in Belfast – more photos from the game can be found here.
Meanwhile, there was a huge turn-out of juveniles for training at Sligo I.T. on Saturday morning.
The slightly more optimistic weather forecast for next week raises hopes that both pitches will host plenty of action for the coming week-end.
Sligo 2nd XV return to action on Sunday next when they travel to Westport to play the home side in the Connacht Junior 2 league. Continue reading ’2nd's Travel to Play Westport’
Last Monday evening’s symposium, held in the Glasshouse Hotel, was a major success. Sixty two members who were invited by the club President attended, while apologies for inability to be present were received from eight members. The symposium had a workshop format and it proved to be the ideal forum to elicit information from members as to how the club should evolve and progress in the future.
Tickets for the special St. Valentine’s teenage, alcohol-free disco, which will be held in the Clubhouse, Hamilton Park, on Friday February 15th at 9 pm, went on sale from the usual sellers on Monday last, January 28th. To avoid disappointment, tickets should be purchased without delay. This will be a strictly all-ticket event, and intending patrons, and their parents/guardians, are reminded that under no circumstances will cash be accepted at the door on the evening. Once again, there will be absolutely no exceptions to this. The Event Organiser, Justin Harte, will have all arrangements in place to ensure everyone has a most enjoyable evening, while Niall Draper will be the Chief Steward.
The club’s Annual DinnerÂ will be held in the Radisson Hotel on Saturday May 31st. A major rugby personality, who is a household name in International and European rugby, is being booked as Guest Speaker by the President, Tom Gilligan, so members and friends should note the date, and mark it in their diaries. A lot will have happened on the rugby fields before then, and May 31st seems a long time off at this stage of the season. However, the Annual Dinner is the social highlight of the year in the club, and it provides a fitting finale to the season.
The club President, and the Committee,extend deepest sympathy to former European Commissioner and former Tanaiste,Ray MacSharry,club member,Senator Marc MacSharry, and the MacSharry Family, on the death of Mrs.Elaine MacSharry,which occurred last week.
** UPDATE: Just heard from Ber that Connacht beat Leinster 19-7. Completely dominant display by Connacht. Well done to all involved.
Youth stars, Rory Kerins (u18) and Arron Spring (u16) have both been named on the Connacht Youths squad which plays in the Interprovincial Final against Leinster this Saturday (January 26th) in Mullingar at 1.30pm.
First team coach, Joe Walsh is also one of the sides coaches.
I’m sure that your support at the match would be very much appreciated by the guys! Very best of luck to you all tomorrow lads – we’re all very proud of you.
Any idea who owns the marvelously fascinating unique hands on the left? Well the person they belong to has offered to sponsor a prize for the first person to guess correctly! Answers via the Comments please.
This photo was taken at the club’s Christmas party recently – more photos can be found here.
All applications for International tickets for the upcoming home and away 6 Nations games must be made on the official application form, which was enclosed in the membership booklet received by all members on payment of their annual subscription (it can also be downloaded here). Applications must be accompanied by either the correct amount of cash for the ticket, or a signed cheque. As the number of applicants invariably greatly exceeds the supply of tickets, priority will be given by the club’s International Tickets Sub-Committee to fully paid up members who have conformed to the above application procedure, are workers in some capacity in the club, and who are members of the club’s monthly draw. Applications should be forwarded immediately to Brian Mullen, Lissalana, Strandhill Road, Sligo.