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.
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.
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 #neverstopcompetingREGISTER TODAY €10 – select Sligo RFC & all the money goes straight to the club. MEDAL & CERTIFICATE ALSO AVAILABLE
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
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.
implementation of the Club’s agreed playing philosophy throughout all senior
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
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).
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
Applications for this opportunity should be sent to:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.