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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
become.

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

FOR THE LOVE OF THE CLUB

Connacht Rugby and Bank of Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of For The Love of the Club fundraising initiative this coming St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, and will last for one week until March 24th. For the Love of the Club is a virtual 5K or 10K fundraising walk or run where participants can register to record their result and the entry fee of €10 and all of the money raised goes to the Connacht club of choice of your choosing. More details here

BE SEEN TO GO GREEN – Run your 5k on St Patrick’s Day Celebrate with Sligo RFC on St Patrick’s Day & send us your photos or videos on Facebook & Instagram #neverstopcompeting REGISTER TODAY €10 – select Sligo RFC & all the money goes straight to the club. MEDAL & CERTIFICATE ALSO AVAILABLE

Club Seeks New Head Coach

WANTED – SENIOR HEAD COACH

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

Sligo RFC compete in Division 2B of the All-Ireland League while they are also recognised as one of the top clubs in Connacht. The last number of years have seen unprecedented success with.

  • 2 Connacht Senior Cups
  • 1 Connacht Senior League,
  • Promotion from AIL Division 2C

This is an excellent opportunity to work with motivated, talented, and ambitious local young players in an established, positive environment. This role is key to ensure the club grows on the foundation of this success and continue on the upward trajectory.

Responsibilities: The Head Coach is responsible for leading the Senior Rugby Programme within Sligo RFC. They would be responsible for the recruitment, development and management of all senior players.

This role includes:

  • Develop and implement a coordinated coaching programme for all senior teams.
  • Co-ordinating the implementation of the Club’s agreed playing philosophy throughout all senior teams.
  • 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 improvements/ initiatives that need to be implemented.
  • Set behavioural standard policies for all senior teams at that start of the season.
  • Selecting and preparing the team for competition while also being aware of all administrative procedures regarding player registration and eligibility.
  • To oversee the performances of the Development Team and to provide feedback and mentoring to the Development team coach.
  • To ensure a suitable S and C program is in place and adhered too.
  • Responsible for the preview of upcoming games & review of games played.
  • Liaise with Connacht Academy Coaches with regards to the availability of Sub Academy and Academy players.

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 (IRFU Stage 4 or equivalent).
  • A comprehensive understanding of the running of a Senior Rugby club and its associated teams.
  • An in-depth knowledge and experience of rugby at the higher levels with a view to player recruitment and development.

Applications for this opportunity should be sent to:

Roisin Buckley

Sligo RFC Hon. Secretary

sligorfcsecretary@gmail.com

MEGA DRAW II WINNERS

Congratulations to all our latest winners in our 400 Club Draw

The 400 Club is Sligo RFC’s main source of income. Membership costs €10 per month, and members are entered in a monthly draw for €100, €50 and €25. You can join Online (or offline, see below).

All profits from the 400 Club are used to develop rugby and facilities at all levels in the club. For further information on the 400 Club please contact Tom Nielsen on 086 4126055.

Joining is super easy – you can sign up ONLINE or you can download the application form Standing Order for Sligo RFC 400 Club – BIC and IBAN.

Benefits of joining include but are not limited to:

  • Sligo RFC 400 Development Club – ensures we can continue to develop all facilities at the club.
  • Use of Club facilities for Birthdays and other parties / celebrations.
  • Enables:
    – Delivery of All Weather Synthetic Pitch and New Grass Pitch including new flood lights on both.
    – Clubhouse Redevelopment.
    – Enhances Rugby in the North West for ALL Age Groups.
    – Rugby Centre of Excellence for all.
  • Increasing Monthly Prize Draw. In line with increasing number of
    400 club members. Currently 1st €100, 2nd €50 and 3rd €25.
  • Draw to take place quarterly.

Club gets behind Zero Suicide Campaign

Following on from our great work last year with the Grand Slam and Rome to Home efforts with The Samaritans (thank you Ross O’Boyle) Sligo RFC would like to continue to promote positive mental health in these challenging times. We are recommending this year that we all get behind an initiative called the ‘Ohana Zero Suicide’ campaign, it is basically a free online 20-minute course which focuses on breaking the stigma and encouraging open conversations around suicide. Over 62,000 people have taken the course to date.

This training, which takes approximately 20 minutes, focuses on breaking stigma and encouraging open conversations.


The training will provide you with the tools to enable you to:                 
1.     Identify the signs that someone may be suicidal
2.     Employ the correct language in asking the appropriate questions
3.     Direct that person to the appropriate help.

Take the training HERE today. The course is also recommended by Rugby Players Ireland
This will help save lives.

CLUB LOTTO GOES LIVE

FIRST DRAW JANUARY 16TH

Click HERE to play

First choose if you want to buy for yourself or a friend. Then select for how many draws you want your line to be entered in (discounts available if you enter your line for multiple draws) Then just enter your numbers by clicking on the numbers you want to select or simply type them in for the Line 1. To add lines for each draw you are entering click the ADD LINES button and select from the drop-down. After entering your card details you can tick the auto-renew box to ensure your ticket and numbers are renewed after all draws on the current ticket have expired. This will avoid the need for you to have to purchase an online ticket again and will make certain you’ll never miss a draw again!

RETURN TO RUGBY: UPDATE

The IRFU would like to summarise the public health measures announced by the Government of Ireland on November 27th as they apply to domestic rugby.

From December 1st, clubs under the jurisdiction of the Government of Ireland will move to Level 3 of the Resilience and Recovery Plan 2020/21.

The key points for domestic rugby under Level 3 are as follows:

– Non-contact training only in pods of up to 15 is permitted for all ages· 
– Tag and touch rugby are classed as non-contact sports·         
– No matches are permitted·        
– Clubs must continue to comply with all government guidelines and demonstrate safe behaviour·         
– Masks should be worn at all times by anyone not playing rugby

These measures will remain in place until otherwise advised.

A full overview of these guidelines is available at https://www.irishrugby.ie/running-your-club/return-to-rugby-for-clubs/.

Your Club Your Country Draw – deadline looms

The deadline for the Your Club Your Country draw is fast approaching. The final date to purchase tickets is December 6th. The club has the opportunity to raise up to €10,000 of much-needed funds and you could win one of ten fantastic prizes.

It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 1 – buy a ticket or two 2 – share the link with your friends 3 – ask them to spread the word

The draw has been moved to an easy-to-use online platform. Just click https://app.galabid.com/…/53f3d40a-de98-473b-ae56… to buy your tickets and be in with a chance to win. Tickets are €10 each.

U20 Irish Trials for Hannah

Another proud moment for Sligo RFC as our very own Hannah Johnston is called up for Irish U20 trials. As her namesake before her (Hannah Davey) this Hannah, from Manorhamilton, has worked her way up through the Connacht U18 & U19 academies & also played a challenge game for U18 Ireland against Scotland, before Covid-19 put paid to any further progression to an U18 international cap. It’s another proud moment for her family & we all would like to wish Hannah the very best of luck in the trials.

N-Pro Scrum Cap webinar

Players, parents and coaches are all cordially invited to join us for a 30minute information webinar on Zoom this Tuesday, 3rd November‬ at 8p.m. The aim is to promote the N-Pro scrum Cap as worn by Ultan Dillane in last Saturday’s Ireland Vs Italy match. The N-Pro scrum Cap is already on sale via our online store

Check out this video for more details – see you there.