A Tribute to Eoin Mulkeen RIP

That was Eoin, humble, brave and hardworking, the ultimate rugby player.

Sligo RFC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of underage player Eoin Mulkeen in a tragic accident last Saturday. Eoin played with our under 17 team and was an integral member of this squad as they progressed up through the age grades.
Eoin excelled in many sports: swimming, gaelic football, soccer and rugby. His versatility saw him equally comfortable lining out in the front row, or as a flanker. He never sought the limelight, but behind his quiet demeanour lay a steely resolve to improve both himself and the team. While he wasn’t the biggest player on the pitch, Eoin more than made up for this in courage, determination and intelligence. Not many got past him in tackling drills and if they did once, they didn’t the next time.

When the training sessions got tough, Eoin was always up at the front, pushing himself on and inspiring others. To find Eoin on the pitch you looked at the ankles of an opposition forward who had just been felled. Invariably he was the man jumping up, ready to make the next tackle.
When we couldn’t train collectively due to lockdown, Eoin was so diligent in working on his skills and fitness at home each and every week. Just recently, in one of his final training sessions, Eoin side stepped not one, but two senior players who were helping with the session, and got through to score a try. He repeated the trick a few minutes later and while his team mates whooped and cheered, Eoin just wanted to get on with the game. That was Eoin, humble, brave and hardworking, the ultimate
rugby player.

The under 17 squad and management along with all the members of Sligo RFC are broken hearted to lose Eoin, our friend and teammate, so prematurely. We were privileged to meet and get to know Eoin and we have also been fortunate to know his family, who were also an integral part of this under 17 group through the years. They were there to support the boys on side-lines near and far, Eoin’s dedicated father Shane being a regular on the team bus when possible, they gladly catered for the team many times and of course taxied the players on endless occasions. Eoin impressed us all deeply during his time in our club and it is clear that the love and support he received from his family was central to the wonderful character he had

Eoin’s U17 team mates, coaching staff and officers of the club formed a guard of honour along the road from the church
The flag flew at half mast at Hamilton Park

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Eoin’s parents Shane and Ann Marie, to his sister Kate, to his extended family and to his wide circle of friends.

May he rest in peace

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