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Autumn Series International Tickets

The Club has access to a limited number of tickets for the Ireland games in Nov against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina. Members interested in applying should complete this form and return it to Niall Draper via email before Tuesday Oct 12th, 2021. Given the IRFU application process this year, the Club will NOT have access to tickets after 12/10/2021

Tickets will only be allocated to current paid up members of the Club. Membership can be paid here –

The tickets will be distributed via Ticketmaster so in order to apply, members must provide a valid email address. All tickets applied for must be paid for direct to Ticketmaster so a debit/credit card will be required. On this occasion, the Club has no say on the location, quality or price of tickets, so it will be luck of the draw. Ticket prices range from – Japan €60-€80, New Zealand €105-€125 and Argentina €65-€85.

A maximum of 6 tickets can be applied to any one email address, however we expect that we will not be in a position to allocate more than two tickets for the New Zealand game to any individual, with some scope for more for the other two games.

Transfer of tickets after allocation is strictly prohibited due to Covid-19 tracing requirements. The Club also maintains a priority waiting list. Please contact Niall Draper if there is an issue 087 2598206.

Applications will only be accepted on the official form and members must confirm on the form that their subscription has been paid.

The closing date for applications is Tues Oct 12th so please apply asap.

U18.5 Girls’ kick off their Season

Claremorris U18s 35 Sligo U18s 5

The Girls’ U18s league kicked off last Saturday, with an away match against Claremorris Colts.  Conditions were perfect, but ball handling proved tricky on the Colts’ pitch.   The Sligo team battled valiantly against a strong local side.

This was the girls’ first game in 18 months and the teams went try for try for the first 20 minutes. Sligo’s Emma Cox crossing the whitewash to open the scoring for the visitors and to cancel out the Colts’ opener. As the half concluded, the Colts out half made a super break to edge the home team in front at the interval.

The second half opened brightly for Sligo with some great open rugby played until a break by the Colts secured their third try. Despite some great defence during the last 10 minutes, the Colts managed two further tries to run out winners.

The game was much needed by Sligo and will sharpen both skills and structure for the next outing.

Hannah signs with Railway Union

Congratulations to Hannah Johnston who has been signed by Railway Union RFC. Hannah is from Manorhamilton, she is an incredible player and an inspiration for other young girls to follow in her footsteps.

We would like to wish Hannah the very best of luck in Railway Union.

Simon Galvan announced as Forwards/Assistant Coach

Sligo RFC has announced their new Forwards’ / Assistant Coach for the 2021/22 season.  New Zealand native Simon Galvan will need no introduction to Hamilton Park, as he is a former player/Coach and Head Coach with the Club, and his three sons currently play with Sligo RFC at Juvenile and Youth level.

Simon started his coaching career in 1995 whilst completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Sport at Massey University. Part of the course requirement was to coach for the year, and he was given an U14 team at Palmerston North Boys High. At that time, the school’s first fifteen (senior cup) coach was a then unknown Joe Schmidt.

A rugby scholarship to attend and play for UCD in 1995/96 brought Simon to Ireland, where he also coached Catholic University School’s (CUS) Junior and Senior cup teams. At the end of his time in Dublin he made his way to Sligo, where he expected to stay for 6 months, however, after meeting his future wife Noelle, he played two rugby seasons before returning to New Zealand. 

Simon returned six years later to settle in Sligo and, in the interim, had played with various teams at club level in Ireland and New Zealand, as well as at Provincial level in New Zealand, in what was then called the NPC (National Provincial Championship)

Simon was player/coach of Sligo RFC in 2005/06, when they were unfortunate to lose the Connacht Junior League final play off in the final play of the game. After a 3 year break he returned as Head Coach in the 2009/10 season. The 2010/11 season culminated in an historic Connacht Junior league and Cup double and gaining promotion into the All-Ireland League 2B (as it was then divided into 4 divisions).

Whilst coaching the Sligo Senior team, Simon also coached at Sligo Grammar School. He was involved in coaching the Senior Cup team for six years, reaching the Connacht Schools’ Senior Cup final four times and winning it twice and, within the same time frame, coaching the Junior Cup for three years, where they reached the Connacht Schools’ Junior Cup final every year, winning it on one occasion.

In 2014, he handed over the coaching reins to Gavin Foley, but he is looking forward to taking up the mantle once more. He gave great credit to previous coaches and the club committee who have worked very hard to promote Sligo Rugby Club, developing the underage system and then supporting players as they come into the senior team. 

“I am looking forward to the challenge ahead in supporting Josh and being part of the set up, and hopefully making a contribution as the club continues its rise”

The club is very excited to have Simon back coaching. His experience and knowledge will have a huge positive impact on the squad and his side line guidance during matches will prove invaluable.  By adding Simon to the management team, the club believes that they have achieved a very balanced approach to their senior coaching ticket.

Club Seeks Head Coach for Women’s Team

Sligo RFC would like to invite applications for the position of women’s Head Coach for the upcoming 2021/2022 season.

Sligo RFC’s women’s teams have been very successful in the past, however the team lapsed in previous years and the club are now in the process of reviving the senior women’s setup.  With the Connacht initiative of an U21 women’s summer league, it is hoped that these young players will combine with former and new rugby players to revive the senior women’s team.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with motivated, talented, and ambitious local young players in a positive environment. This role is key to ensure the club grows on the foundation of earlier successes and continues the development of women’s rugby.

Responsibilities: The Women’s Head Coach will be responsible for leading the Senior Women’s Rugby Programme within Sligo RFC.

This role includes:

  • Develop and implement a co-ordinated coaching programme for the senior women’s team.
  • Co-ordinate the implementation of the Club’s agreed playing philosophy.
  • Co-ordinate with the Football Committee and Senior Team Management on the recruitment and retention of players and coaches.
  • Report to the Executive Committee on rugby matters and make recommendations on potential improvements and initiatives.
  • Select and prepare the team for competition while also being aware of all administrative procedures regarding player registration and eligibility.
  • To ensure a suitable S & C programme is in place and adhered to.

The qualifications and attributes of the successful applicant can be outlined as follows:

  • Applicants need to have experience at senior club level with the relevant coaching qualifications.
  • An understanding of the running of a Senior Rugby club.
  • An in-depth knowledge and experience of rugby at the higher levels with a view to player recruitment and development.

Applications should be sent to:

Roisin Buckley

Sligo RFC Hon. Secretary

Ireland U20s for Donnacha

Donnacha receives his U18 Irish cap

Congratulations to Sligo RFC’s Donnacha Byrne who has made the Ireland U20s squad. Sligo RFC are delighted for Donnacha, as all his hard work has paid off. Donnacha is one of 6 Connacht players to make the 34 man squad. The U20s Six Nations tournament kicks off on June 19th when Ireland play Scotland at 2pm. Best of luck to Donnacha and all the team, we are very proud of all he has achieved from Grassroots to Green shirt – well done Donnacha, we will all be cheering you on.

CHC welcomed as Club Sponsor

Sligo RFC are delighted to welcome CHC as a commercial supporter and hope that with their support we will have a very successful 21/22 season.

CHC Ireland are contracted to provide search and rescue services to the Irish Coast Guard. They cover the whole of Ireland from 4 bases and many of you will have seen or heard their rescue helicopters overhead. Robert Tatten, General Operations & Accountable Manager for Ireland explains: “The sponsorship is part of CHC Ireland’s ongoing commitment to support sport in local communities to help create better wellbeing for all. There is an inherent message in sports about the importance of physical fitness and positive mental health. CHC Ireland are proud to sponsor a progressive club like Sligo RFC and support our local community and the young people in it”

Bon Voyage Mark Butler

Sligo RFC would like to wish bon voyage and the best of luck to club stalwart Mark Butler.Mark played rugby for Sligo RFC from U16, he went on to play Connacht Schools, as well as with Irish U19s, UL Bohs in Div 1A of AIL and Munster As, before clocking up an incredible 18 years with the Sligo senior team.We would like to thank Mark for his dedication to Sligo RFC and wish him the very best as he starts his new life in Australia.