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Teresa Kent RIP

The President, Chairman, Committee and members of Sligo RFC extend deepest sympathies to the Kent family following the passing of Teresa (Tess) KENT (née Dunne) Ballydoogan, Sligo Town, Sligo / Aclare, Sligo and formerly of Stonepark, Aclare, Co. Sligo, January 8th. 2017, peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. Dearly beloved wife of the late Dick. Survived by her brother Gerry, children Hannah, John, Jim, Teresa and Eilish, sons and daughters-in-law, Coley, Pauline, Katie, Kevin and Conor, grandchildren John, Gráinne, Conor, Dara, Maeve, Eoin, Niamh, Sean and Sive, sister-in-law Bernice (U.S.A.), nieces and nephew, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

 Rest in Peace.

Reposing at the family home in Ballydoogan from 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday January 10th. Home private at all other times. Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 11th in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo. Burial follows in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Scarden, Strandhill Road, Sligo. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Dunally Alzheimers Day Care Centre c/o Seán Feehily at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo.

Pat Brady RIP

The President, Chairman, Committee and members of Sligo RFC extend deepest sympathies to the Brady family following the passing of Pat BRADY of Tabhar Unan, Skreen, Sligo.

Pre deceased by his Son Thomas and Grandson Conor

Deeply regretted by his loving Wife Sally, daughter Margaret (O Byrne) Son Peter, son in law Shay, Daughter in law Maureen, grandchildren Niamh, Dearbhla, Donal and Shaunagh, cousins relatives neighbours and friends, RIP

Remains Reposing tomorrow, Tuesday Evening in St. Peter & Paul Church Dromard from 6pm until 8pm

Funeral Mass on Wednesday in St. Adanman’s Church Skreen at 12 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery Skreen.

 Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired to North West Hospice, The Mall, Sligo

House Private Please.

John Kane (Snr) RIP

The President, Chairman, Committee, members and players of Sligo RFC extend our deepest sympathies to Past President and long serving Club member John Kane, his wife Helena and son Chris on the recent passing of John’s father in Cork earlier this morning.

John Kane (Upper Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline and formerly of Strandhill Road, Sligo) On November 24th 2016, unexpectedly in the presence of his loving family at Cork University Hospital, John beloved husband of Ina and dear father of Marjorie (Crowley), Anne (Doran), John and Kathryn (Harrington). Sadly missed by his wife and family, grandchildren Darran, Nicola, Corey, Gemma, Clodagh, Chris, Eoghan, Orla and Cormac, great-grandson Danny, granddaughter-in-law Lena, sons-in-law Hugh, John and Paul, daughter-in-law Helena, brothers, sisters, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

May he rest in peace.

Reposing at Fordes Funeral Home, Old Waterpark, Carrigaline. Removal Friday (25th) at 6.30pm to Church of Our Lady and St. John, Carrigaline. Requiem Mass on Saturday (26th) at 1.15pm, funeral afterwards to The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to the Irish Heart Foundation.

UBL game 1 – Sligo RFC V’s Navan RFC on Saturday 17th September.

Best of luck to Ross Mannion and his coaching team together with Club Captain Shane Boyle and the senior team as they enter this years All Ireland League campaign.
Pre-Match Lunch in the Clubhouse at 12:30 sharp. Cost is €20 per person which covers the lunch, entrance to match and post match cheese and wine reception at the Club. Space is limited so booking is essential – Please contact Jacqui Cunningham (087-2483524).
Evening entertainment will be at the venue of primary Club sponsor The Garavogue Bar, whom we are delighted to welcome on board this year once again together with supporting sponsors Ej Menswear, JAKO Sport, Aurivo and the Sligo Champion together with primary Juvenile section sponsor The Glasshouse Hotel.
If you can’t make the pre-match, make sure not to miss the main event at 2:30pm. The weather is promised good and we look forward to a great opening game for the start of the season. See you there!

Flash mob for St. Cecilia’s School

In an effort to raise some much needed funds for interactive whiteboards in Saint Cecilia’s school Cregg, they are looking for volunteers to dance. Classes start on Wednesday 14th of September from 8 PM to 9 PM in Sligo sports complex, they run for six weeks.

Flash mob will take place on 27 October at 1:15 PM in Johnstons court. Each dancer will be given a sponsorship card and asked to raise money. All dance abilities and all ages are welcome. It will be Michael Jacksons thriller.

UBL 2016-17 – Game 1 Sligo RFC V Navan RFC – 17/09/16

The UB All Ireland League season is nearly upon us, with the first match being played at home against Navan on Saturday 17th September. Kick off at 2:30pm.

We will be holding a Pre-Match Lunch in the Clubhouse at 12:30 sharp. Cost is €20 per person which covers the lunch, entrance to match and post match cheese and wine reception.

There is limited space for the Pre-Match Lunch so booking in advance is necessary to avoid disappointment.

Please contact Jacqui Cunningham (087-2483524) to book your place at the lunch.

Come on – let’s get behind our team and give them great support 😀😀

Pro 12 trophy to visit Sligo 

Following Connacht’s success in winning the Pro 12, the Pro 12 trophy tour is making its way to Sligo on Thursday June 16.

Gavin Foley of the Connacht Branch will be bringing the trophy to some of the schools that Sligo RFC is actively engaged with through our Club and Community programme throughout the day on Thursday.

The trophy will be on display at the Club in Strandhill from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday evening for anyone that would like to see it and have a photo taken. Please note that this is a trophy tour and that none of the Connacht players will be present at this stage.

Everyone is welcome (members and non-members alike).

Sligo RFC Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Sligo RFC will take place on Tuesday June 28th at 8pm at the Clubhouse in Strandhill.

All members are invited to attend and new members will be made most welcome.

The management of the Club is entrusted to the Committee and the finishing touches are being applied to the incoming Committee for the 2016/17 season. Anyone interested in joining the Committee should contact the Club Secretary at

Mrs. Breda O’Hehir RIP

Very seldom is a family as entwined in the fabric of a club as the O’Hehir family is in Sligo RFC. From Committee, through the Senior section, Youth section, Juvenile section and as generous Sponsors, the O’Hehir family are involved throughout.
The President, Chairman, Committee, players and members of Sligo RFC extend their deepest sympathies to the O’Hehir family on the passing of Mrs. Breda O’HEHIR (née Bowes)

Larkhill Road, Sligo Town, Sligo / Birr, Offaly and late of Connaught Street, Birr, Co. Offaly, May 3rd. 2016, peacefully at her home.

Dearly loved wife of the late James and mother of Mary, Connie, Colette, Jan, Eddie, Jim, Jacqueline, Michael, Hugh, Lorna, Cathal, Enda and Irene and sister of Michael, Larry, Sheila, Ella and the late Betty, Gerald and Brendan. Sadly missed by her loving family, brothers , sisters , sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law Seamus and Hugh, sisters-in-law Frances and Mary, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
Rest in Peace.

Reposing at the family home at Larkhill Road, Sligo from 4pm to 9pm on Wednesday April 4th. Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon on Thursday May 5th. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo. Burial follows in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Scarden, Strandhill Road, Sligo. Home private to family on Thursday morning. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society or North West Hospice Fund, c/o Sean Feehily at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo.

Sligo RFCs U18.5 Win the Connacht League 2016

For the second year running Sligo RFCs U18.5 squad have been succesful in winning the Connacht League. It has been evident that Sligo RFC’s Youth Section has been producing some very stellar players and results in the last few seasons.

On Saturday Sligo’s 1st XVs AIL team beat Leinster Junior League Champions Enniscorthy with no fewer than 5 players from the current and last season U18.5 squad. Not to mention 3 players starting on the Irish U20’s team in recent months.

This Sunday at the neutral ground in Castlebar, Sligo U18.5s faced Connemara RFC’s All Blacks. Sligo had reached the final by beating a strong Buccaneers outfit last weekend by 1 point in a hard fought match in Hamilton Park. That match unfortunately left captain Ross Hickey injured with a torn hamstring.

On Sunday a strong wind blowing along the pitch was to be a major factor in the final match of the season. Connemara kicked of at the whistle and for the most part of the first half, playing down wind, pressured Sligo and kept them in their own half. Sligo defended really well and kept their heads cool with some solid defensive kicking, but never really managed to bring the game into the Connemara half. The pressure finally yielded a try for Connemara after yet another line-out and a pursuing maul from the Sligo 5 meter line. The conversion was good and with a few minutes to go in the first half connemara was leading 7 – 0. At the restart Connemara collected the ball, but a few phases later conceded a penalty that Sligo quickly took and through a great break by Sean Wynne where he off loaded to Aiden Cummins that carried the ball another 5 meters until Shane Flanagan, coming off his wing, cut back across the way of play and at a brilliant timed pass by Cummins got the ball, bursting through a gap in the Connemara defence and scored under the posts. 1/2 time score was 7 all.

At the start of the second half Sligo pressured hard and on a couple of occasion was very close to scoring their second try, but fierce defence by Connemara held Sligo at bay. Halfway through the 2nd half Sligo got a penalty at a difficult angle to the posts, but narrowly missed. Not long after Connemara conceded another penalty, on their own 22 in front of the posts and the Sligo went 10-7 ahead.

It was Connemara that were to score the next and last try of the match after some sloppy line speed on defence from Sligo that allowed the Connemara forwards to push towards the try line. After a great deal of possession they scored and converted the try going up 14- 10.

the next phase of play was all Sligo and yet again Connemara conceded a penalty with 10 mins to go that Sligo’s 10, Niall Gray, took full advantage of. Sligo was now only 1 point behind and although they had most of the play it was a breakout by the brilliant Connemara outhalf that nearly cost Sligo the match for sure and only a lack of discipline by Connemara got Sligo off the hook via a penalty awarded to them close to the Sligo try line.

With under 2 mins of play left Sligo kicked to touch, won the line out and went through several phases, including a blocked attempt at a drop goal that somehow Sligo retained and within another couple of plays Connemara’s achilles heel, lack of discipline at the breakdown, yield Sligo a kickable penalty 30 meters from goal.

The pressure on the Sligo kicker was immense, but Niall Gray kept a cool head and struck a sweet ball that sailed over for the 3 points and a win to Sligo RFC 16-14 in the final act of the game.

Sligo U18.5 team:
Sean Wynne, Sean McVeigh, Calum McGrath, Paul Kelly, Cian Hough, Jakub Wojtkowicz, Adrian Cummins, Mark Keegan (C), Christian Nielsen, Oisin Rouxel, Shane Flanagan, Niall Gray, Graham Kerr, Jack Gormley, Sam Donaghy, Michael Kilcoyne, Thomas O’Hehir, Keelan Brennan, Conor McGovern, Vincent Reynolds, Benjamin Egan, Oisin Conlon.

Ross Hickey and Philip Carter both injured.

Coach: Joe Walsh and Manager Niall Gray Snr.