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IRFU and Provinces Suspend All Rugby Activity

The Irish Rugby Football Union, together with Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster Rugby have announced the suspension of all Domestic Rugby activity from 6pm this evening 12th March until the 29th March (inclusive), in response to the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus (Covid – 19) pandemic. 

Future Domestic Rugby activity will be reviewed in line with government advice.

Training and Playing:

All Rugby activities across Clubs and Schools , from minis to adult rugby, must now cease. 

Clubhouse Operations:

While Rugby Clubs may wish to continue to operate facilities such as bars and function-rooms they must observe government restrictions in relation to the number of people that may attend indoor (no more than 100 people) and outdoor (no more than 500 people) events.

Impact on fixtures of note:

We will work with clubs and schools to rearrange fixtures, such as the Schools Cup finals.

Professional Game:

Updates, when available, in relation to the professional game will come from tournament organizers.

Happy New Year

we would like to thank you, our members, sponsors, supporters and friends for all your help and support in 2019 and wish you the very best of health and happiness in 2020

The Development of Sligo RFC – the story so far
Sligo Rugby Club will be 130 years old in 2020 and the club continues to grow with its 22 teams and almost 700 members.  Along with this growth, comes the development of many aspects of the club to meet the needs of its members.

In 2016, a four-phase plan was put into action to improve the facilities at Hamilton Park and since then, Sligo RFC has invested circa €525,000 in the Club’s facilities; securing the grounds, Clubhouse facelift and repairs, new all-weather training pitch, re-developed grass pitch, lighting, dugouts and car park.

2017 Development Plans become reality

In 2017 the Government unveiled details of its €56 million Capital Sports Grants Programme. Sporting clubs in the North West will receive over €1million in government funding, with €825,000 being allocated to twenty-nine sporting clubs in Co. Sligo. Sligo RFC are the biggest beneficiaries in the county, with a grant of €78,000 for the redevelopment of the clubhouse.

Under the 2017 application, the original plan was to refurbish the existing dressing rooms on the town side of the building and involved a circa €200k project. The success with the grant and the subsequent success with Club fundraising events encouraged the membership to push on with the development plans and we have since applied for, and have recently been granted, planning permission to build new dressing rooms on the Strandhill side of the Clubhouse building. The overall project is now circa €470k. We hope to achieve this in two phases – Phase 1 will be the new build dressing rooms at circa €270k and Phase 2 will be the refurbishment of the old dressing rooms at circa €200k.

The tender process is well under way for Phase 1 and our architect and our QS is working hard with the tender firms to bring the cost in-line with our budget.

The club hopes to begin construction on the 1st April 2020 with a completion date by the end of summer 2020.

Starting in early 2020 the Club General Committee will be asking the entire Club to get behind our BIG spring development fundraiser “The OsKars” taking place in March 2020. All funds raised in this essential fundraiser will go towards the cost of providing the Club with Phase 1 of the build.
2020 will also see the re-introduction of Investor Development Packages – keep an eye on local press and website for details.

The Club are deeply indebted to the members and friends of Sligo RFC, sponsors and the local business community who continue to support the development of this great club.

The Late Phil Murray

The President, Club Officers and Members of Sligo RFC wish to extend their sincere condolences to the family of Dr Philip Murray, Ballincar and formerly Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, who passed away peacefully at the North West Hospice, Sligo, surrounded by his loving family. Sadly missed by his loving wife, Vivien, his children Emily, Joe and Jenny, his beloved grandsons Daniel, Peter, Sean-Johnny and Oisín, son in law Johnny, daughter in law Aoife, extended family and many, many friends.

Dr Philip (Phil) Murray was a versatile sportsman who played hurling and rugby to a very high level. He captained UCD to a Fitzgibon Cup win and UCG to a Connacht Senior Cup win in rugby in 1970. The UCG team at that time included International players such as Seamus Dennison and Mick Molloy. He moved to Sligo in the mid 1970s and helped Sligo Rugby Club through the transition from Junior to Senior rugby. 

In his time, Phil was known as a new breed of front row forwards, who brought the position to new levels of technique.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.Mass of the Resurrection took place in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo at 12 midday on Tuesday, 26th November. Burial followed in Rathcormac Cemetery.  Sit tibi terra levis

No Joy for U14s, U17s & U18.5s

Sligo U17s had a tough encounter with Creggs last Sunday, losing 0-12. Here Fionn O’Hehir is on the attack with Adam Hunter in support
Rowan Elliott and the Sligo U18.5s Division 2 team nearly staged the comeback of the century against Westport last Sunday, eventually losing 37-43
Sligo U14s player Joris Rooney on the attack, with Isaac Marsden in support against Corinthians last Saturday. A tough battle with the visitors coming away with the spoils 7-24

U13s with Epic Win

Sligo 5 Buccaneers 0

Sligo played host to Buccaneers in Hamilton Park on Sunday 17 th in a low scoring but entertaining game in the U13’s league. Sligo started brightly putting Buccaneers under pressure with the boot of outhalf Killian O Neill playing the majority of the first half in Bucc’s territory. The Bucc’s pack were significantly physically bigger that Sligo who made up for the size disparity with good defence around the ruck. Sligo’s starting back row of O’Mahony, Burrows and Gambi-Wheelan played well and were ably supported by O’Neill , Draper and Lawes in the front row. Sligo’s scrum stood up well to a noticeably bigger Buccaneers eight with Fitzgerald , Bradly and subsequently Keyes and Keaney showing up very well in the second row. Sligo’s backs kept probing with McGetterick and Ryan prominent going forward and newly arrived Tadhg Murphy very solid in defence along with James Mackey and Conor McGoldrick. A clever kick through and quick feet and an eye for the line gave the only score of the game to Conor Van Rensburg halfway through the first half. A difficult conversion missed narrowly. Sub harry Dennison recently returned from injury injected pace in the last minutes of the half and Sligo were unlucky not to score again. The second half was a different tale for Sligo. Refereeing largesse at ruck time meant thatthe heavier Buccs team had possession for much of the second half but good work in the tight meant that there was always a Sligo tackler there to put down the runner. On the occasions when the ball went wide the Sligo backs tackled very effectively. With 5 minutes left the siege was lifted after a number of goal line stands and Sligo were making their way to the opposition half when the referee blew for full time.

Both teams were well drilled and very competitive and a third period played on Sligo’s 4 G pitch ended with a two try to nil victory for Buccs. This was a chance for the entire squad to take to the pitch in Sligo colours.

Fingers Crossed for the Your Club, Your Country Draw

All the returned tickets have been returned to the IRFU and now the waiting game begins.  Fingers crossed that one of our members will win one of the amazing prizes. A huge thank you to the YCYC team of Club President Jacqui Cunningham, Club PRO Jean Mc Connell, Club Stalwart George Draper, Club Treasurer Michael Shovelin and Juvenile Co-Ordinator Phelim O’Connor who led a successful campaign to collect over €7,000 for the club. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of all the coaches who co-ordinated their team’s tickets and also thank all those who bought tickets to support the club.


A Connacht Rugby SkillZone with totalhealth is coming to Coolaney Community Pitch in Sligo later this month.

SkillZone is the perfect opportunity for your son or daughter to enjoy a full morning’s activity and keep active. The focus of the day will be small sided games which will be fun and fast flowing. The events are run by Connacht Rugby staff who are IRFU accredited coaches and are also involved in both the Regional and Interprovincial squads.

It’s open to boys and girls aged from 6-12 and no rugby experience is necessary.

Bookings must be made in advance and can be done so on from next week. 

Connacht Rugby Player Ambassadors

Sligo Rugby are delighted to announce that our Connacht Player Ambassadors for the 2019/20 season will be Caolin Blade (scrum half) & Paul Boyle (back row)

This programme involves each club in Connacht being paired with two Pro or Academy players who will act as their ambassadors for the remainder of the campaign. Over the coming months these players will be made available to the clubs for a number of visits, with the club deciding how best to utilise their skills and expertise for those visits.

This is the third year of the Player Ambassador Programme and its aim is to build on the already strong relationships that exist between the playing squad and grassroots rugby in the province. During the pre-season the squad held a club visit to Connemara RFC with further club visits planned for later in the season.