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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.

Women in Rugby Initiative

Connacht Rugby are putting a strategy in place to increase the number of women involved in coaching, provide opportunities to upskill with like-minded women, and support women with ambitions to progress their coaching careers.

Whether you are an active member of a club, a college student, a teacher, former player or even a parent, we want to help you explore every possible avenue.

Just fill in the form in the link so you can be contacted with information on coaching courses, workshops, and additional coaching opportunities.

Sligo Rugby in the Chair

The club is delighted to have two of its hard-working members in prominent positions on Connacht Rugby committees.  Congratulations to Sligo Rugby’s Director of Rugby Michael O’Hehir, who has recently been appointed to the role of Chair of the Youth Committee, and to long-serving club member John Davey, who was appointed Chair of Connacht Schools Committee. Both of these positions are the Chair committees ahead of the 2019/20 season, with a Term of Office for an initial three-year period. 

Coney Island Challenge a Great Success

Coney Island Challenge a Great Success

Hugh Armstrong wins the Mick Walton Perpetual Trophy

The 9th Coney Island Challenge took place last Sunday, with almost 300 runners competing in the race with a difference. The 10mile and 10km races course starts and finishes at Sligo Rugby Club and goes across the sand causeway to Coney Island and back. A big word of thanks to our many sponsors, without whom the event could not have happened.  We were fortunate to have Voya Seaweed Baths, Strandhill Lodge and Suites, Keane’s Centra, Westcoast Windows, IPM Draper and O’Hehir’s Bakery on board this year.  Thank you to Miriam Cunningham from Fitness 4 All, who did the warm-ups for all our participants. The Rugby Club are very grateful to the Warriors Committee members who imparted their knowledge on running the event and helped with the stewarding.  We would like to thank all those who gave of their time to ensure the event was a great success.  The club will be making a donation to St Anne’s church, the original founders of the race and all other funds raised will be going to the development of player facilities in the club. Congratulations to Hugh Armstrong from Ballina A.C. who won the Mick Walton Perpetual Cup for completing the 10mile challenge in an incredible 51 minutes 12 seconds. This year’s winners were

Members of the Carty Family, who completed the run in memory of Cormac Carty, who grew up on Coney Isla

Men’s 10 mile:  1st Hugh Armstrong (51:12), 2nd Desi Foley (58:05), 3rd Derek Hunter (1:03:09)

Women’s 10 mile:  1st Heather Foley (1:04:37), 2nd Sinead Fowley (1:08:39), 3rd Aisling Layden (1:17:19)

Men’s 10 mile – Vets: 1st Gerry Cadden (1:07:10), 2nd Anthony Kinane (1:09:42)

Women’s 10 mile – Vets: 1st Martina Kilgannon (1:28:50), 2nd Eileen Ryan (1:30:26)

Men’s 10km: 1st Barry Mc Cartin (40:56), 2nd Frank Reape (43:16), 3rd Chris Turbett (44:48)

Women’s 10km: 1st Anne Wynne (44:51), 2nd Aine O’Connor (51:27)3rd Eilish Mannion (51:54)

Men’s 10km – Vets: 1st Padraig Concannon (48:41), 2nd Leo Nicholson (50:25)

Women’s 10km – Vets: 1st Caroline Byrne (57:11), 2nd Ann Millar (57:15)

10km – Junior Overall Winner: Orlaith Byrne (1:04:08)

Men’s 10km Walk: 1st Joe Mahon (1:10:24), 2nd Patrick McElhinney (1:21:38)

Women’s 10km Walk: 1st Attracta O’Hara (1:17:38), 2nd Patricia Murphy (1:18:12)

Coney Island Challenge

Coney Island Challenge – Sunday 13th October

Sligo RFC have taken over the running of the Coney Island Challenge this year, with all funds raised going towards the development of player facilities in the club, along with a donation to St Anne’s church, the original organisers and founders of the race. 

Thank you to all our main sponsors, Voya Seaweed Baths, Strandhill Lodge & Suites, Westcoast Windows, Keane’s Centra, Strandhill and IPM Draper Insurance, without whom this fundraising event could not take place. 

This year there are four separate events on Sunday 13th October, start with the 10km walk and the 5km Family Fun Run/Walk at 11am.  The 10mile and 10km runs will be chip timed, thanks to Core timing and they will start at 11.30a.m. All runners can pre-register online, see Facebook pages for details.  All walkers and late registrants can register in the Sligo Rugby clubhouse on Saturday 12th October, 6.30 – 8.30p.m. or on Sunday morning 9.30 – 10.30a.m.

There will be entertainment, refreshments and prize giving in the clubhouse after the final runners have returned.

Only 10mile runners will be allowed access to the Island and cut of time for leaving the Island is 1pm. anyone still on the island at 1pm will be given a lift in the broom wagon. 10mile and 10km runners will be running in damp and wet conditions – running shoes may be damaged permanently.


  • 10 Mile Mick Walton Perpetual Cup -1st, 2nd & 3rd for both male and female runners in the Senior and Over 50 categories. (no U18s allowed in the 10mile race)  €20 entry fee
  • 10 Km – 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female runner (Senior), 1st & 2nd male & female (Over 50s)  1st male & female (Junior)  €20 entry fee
  • 10 Km Walker – 1st & 2nd male and female. €15 entry fee
  • 5km Family Fun Run/Walk. This is a new event to encourage younger members to join in the event.  The route is not suitable for buggies, as the terrain is rough along the shoreline. Entry fee is €10 per adult, €5 per child, €20 per family

Club President Jacqui Cunningham, Club Chairperson Niall Gray, Neil Walton, Voya Seaweed Baths, and Mick Lucey, Westcoast Windows, pictured with The Mick Walton Perpetual Cup