The President, Chairman, all working committees, and playing and non playing members of Sligo RFC wish to express our sincere sympathies to club stalwarts Sandra and Rory Raftery following the untimely passing of Sandra’s nephew Conor Hallinan.
Reposing at his home in Howth, Co. Dublin from 3pm on Sunday afternoon until 8pm that evening. Removal on Monday morning to Church of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines, to arrive for a Funeral service at 11 am and the to Mount Venus Cemetery, Rockbook, Rathfarnham. Donations in lieu of flowers to Pieta House or Aware.
May he rest in peace.
The Sligo native and former Sligo RFC player is an ambassador for the new ‘Tackle Your Feelings’ campaign.
IRUPA this week launched Tackle Your Feelings, a new mental wellbeing campaign that will see national and international rugby stars, including Munster’s Cathal Sheridan, come forward to tell their own personal story of the issues they have faced off the pitch.
Munster scrum-half Sheridan is an advocate for mental wellbeing and hopes that the Tackle Your Feelings campaign will break down stigma in this area. With his story, Cathal wants to highlight that you have to allow yourself to experience emotions in order to be able to deal with them effectively and the importance of being proactive in tackling your feelings.
Research conducted by IRUPA demonstrated that although 95% of Irish adults think it’s important for them to be proactive in taking care of their mental wellbeing, almost 1 in 4 (22%) are unaware or have low levels of awareness of the ways they deal with stress or life challenges. Additionally, 71% feel that they would be treated differently if they had a mental health issue and other people knew about it. There is still a large proportion of us who do not tackle our feelings on a regular basis. 1 in 2 (53%) Irish adults have gone through a challenging life event and didn’t discuss their feelings with anyone.
This is significant because 1 in 4 Irish adults will experience mental illness at some point in our lives. Tackle Your Feelings seeks to emphasise the importance of preventative measures in maintaining good mental wellbeing. By asking people to be honest with themselves about how they are feeling and to take appropriate action, the campaign aims to encourage people to resolve emotional challenges before they escalate into a crisis. The campaign website, www.tackleyourfeelings.com, will host a number of practical resources to help people develop their emotional self-awareness and proactively work on their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Speaking at the launch, Omar Hassanein, CEO, IRUPA said, “Our campaign is intended to be disruptive in challenging people to tackle their feelings on a daily basis. Professional rugby players are seen as strong, robust and are known for how they protect and manage their physical health but rugby, like everything in life, requires both physical and mental strength. We want to show people that vulnerability doesn’t need to be considered a weakness. Rugby players need to work on their mental wellbeing just like everybody else. We hope that Ireland’s rugby players, through the Tackle Your Feelings campaign, can play a role in encouraging people in Ireland to be more proactive and comfortable in looking after their mental wellbeing given it is such a key component in the health of an individual. I’d ask everyone to visit www.tackleyourfeelings.com.”
Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist and Tackle Your Feelings advisor said, “Tackle Your Feelings is a really important campaign as it challenges us to consider how we are feeling on a daily basis so as to prevent a more serious mental health issue from developing. Just like physical fitness, mental fitness can also be enhanced through practical training. The resources available at tackleyourfeelings.com can help you do this.”
With 10 points up for grabs in the remaining two games its all to play for. Sligo can finish the season in anything from 7th to 10th place. It all boils down to the last two weeks of the league.
TheÂ UBL Div 2CÂ play off game is to be played between the second from bottom UBL 2C side against the second placed Junior Club in the Round Robin. The play off game will be played at the home grounds of the UBL side and is set to be played on Sat April 23rd, 2016.
On behalf of all of the members and friends of Sligo RFC we wish our senior team, their Coach Ross Mannion and the Management Team the very best of luck in their two remaining fixtures over the next two weeks.
There is a supporters bus leaving for Kanturk on Sat March 26th at 8:30am from Quay Street Car Park – contact Michael Storey for more information – 086 8198540.
Please come along to Hamilton Park on April 2nd for the last game of the season and cheer our lads on!
Sligo’s Conan O’Donnell, Cillian Gallagher and Stephen Kerins all played a major part in Ireland’s amazing come back from losing 20-6 at half time to turn the game around in the second half and go on to win 20-26 over England.
Conan O’Donnell was called back into the starting XV, having been on the bench for the game against France and Stephen Kerins earned his first start for the national side. Cillian Gallagher started all three games to date, scoring a fine and well taken try in the first game against Wales.
As the game went on against England, coach Nigel Carolan made just two changes and it was great to see the three Sligo players play the full 80 mins.
The second half performance of the young Irish team was immense and was greatly assisted by a fine performance by the three Sligo players and in particular by Stephen Kerins who put in a superb effort in what was close to a man of the match performance, the accolade of which ultimately and deservedly went to the Irish Captain and second row Ryan. Scrum half Kerins’ passing, tackling and overall speed at the breakdown was a game changer for Ireland and he, his family and his Club can be hugely proud of his display.
Ireland U20’s will play Italy next Friday evening in Donnybrook. We hope that the three lads will retain their starting positions and we very much look forward to seeing them back on our screens next weekend.
To support the three former Summerhill College students there is a bus going from the school on Friday for the game against Italy.
To our Heroes of the Day â€¦The Collectors who gave their 1.5 hour to stand in the cold and rain for their Clubâ€¦
Yvonne Clarke, Nicola Bourke, Shane O Hehir, Ross Hickey, Jamie Bowes, Tom Nielsen, Christian Nielsen, Tracey Diffley, Clive Morris, Podge Johnston, Clive Morris, Anne O Toole, Angela Carr, Colette O Donnell, Michael Shovelin, Vincent Reynolds, Niall Gray, John Foy, Tom Nielsen, Shaune Glackin, Eddie Lee and Mimi.
A huge thank you and appreciation to you all, for taking time out of your busy day, to fundraise and drive the need to promote your club and knowing that the money you collected is going to our new and wonderful Development Project.
A huge thank you to Mary and Mickey Oâ€™Hehir for arranging venue and buckets. To Ken O Neill, Hagan McQuaid, Justin Harte for their back up on getting parents and players to support their club! Thank you to Martha and Des Cosgrove.
Last but not least a thank you to Maurice Fitzgerald for his contribution.
You gave your time â€“ the most thoughtful gift of all
The Club is calling on players from U16 to Senior (male and female) to give us 1.5 hours of your time or to share between 3 and give just 30 mins each. All you have to do is stand in your Club colours for 30 mins on the streets of Sligo.
The authorised collections days are Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th of February from 9am – 6pm.
Collection buckets are available from the lobby in the Glasshouse Hotel.
We are also calling on members, parents and friends to assist with the collection by giving up some of your time to this fundraising effort.
It’s important to wear your club colours.
Please call Lorraine Kerins on (086) 238 9189 for more details and to add your name to the collection rota.
The fundraising is central to our ability to run and develop facilities at Club. We can only do this with your generous support so please get behind the initiative! Call Lorraine today. Thank you!
ITâ€™S A PROUD day for Sligo Rugby.
As the latest crop of Irelandâ€™s best U20 players begin their Six Nations campaign, three of the Connacht townâ€™s young stars will feature on the pitch in Donnybrook.
Conan O’Donnell O’Donnell is one of three Sligo men involved this evening.
Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
Tighthead prop Conan Oâ€™Donnell and flanker Cillian Gallagher are in Nigel Carolanâ€™s starting team to face Wales [KO 7.35pm], while scrum-half Stephen Kerins is poised to make his debut at this level from the bench.
All three youngsters have come through the age grades at Sligo RFC and Summerhill College and itâ€™s likely that they will feel pride to notice familiar faces among the Donnybrook crowd this evening.
This achievement is the latest in a growing line of them for Sligo rugby. There has been strong representation for the club in Connachtâ€™s underage teams in recent years, while Cathal Sheridan and Sean Henry progressed into professional rugby after formative years with Sligo.
Oâ€™Donnell already has eight senior caps for Pat Lamâ€™s Connacht and says he has learned a huge amount about the â€œlittle detailsâ€ required at that level from the former Samoa international.
The 19-year-old played for the Ireland Schools side during his time at Summerhill, but also managed to continue to represent Sligo RFC all the way up.
Itâ€™s a different path to everyone else who was playing on schools teams,â€ says the softly-spoken tighthead. â€œNo one really knew where Summerhill was but now thereâ€™s three of us in the squad.â€
â€œI suppose Sligo and Summerhill would have worked a lot together. Ross Mannion, he would have worked a lot with both. Heâ€™s the senior coach with Sligo now and he would have coached us from Junior Cup all the way up. The Sligo coaches are very helpful and Iâ€™ve learned loads from them.â€
Oâ€™Donnell played for the Ireland U20s last year too, and says he has been talking to Kerins and Gallagher about what is involved, letting them â€œknow what to expect and giving them a bit of an indication so that they donâ€™t get too lost!â€
After a bright start last year, the Ireland U20s finished their campaign in fifth position as they struggled against bigger packs at set-piece time.
Cillian Gallagher Cillian Gallagher, right, starts for Ireland. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
Oâ€™Donnell has used that as a learning experience, but the fact that he is one of only three players returning from last season for this game â€“ all of them in the front row â€“ means there is a fresh energy around the squad.
â€œIt was very up and down,â€ says Oâ€™Donnell of last season. â€œSome days we delivered and others we didnâ€™t. Maybe some people were switched off, I donâ€™t know. I suppose it was disappointing but hopefully we can do better this year and win something.â€
With Gallagher and a host of other powerful units around him, Oâ€™Donnell is hopeful Irelandâ€™s pack can be more â€œdominantâ€ in the upcoming campaign, although a very experienced Welsh forward unit will provide a stern test for them this evening.
While Ireland will need to take that challenge on up front, Oâ€™Donnell feels that head coach Carolanâ€™s game plan can see the home side running free too.
Itâ€™s a lot more expansive,â€ says the Connacht man of Carolanâ€™s style. â€œWe play heads up rugby and we just judge it on the day whereas other teams are really dependent on their structures, which means itâ€™s hard for them to make breaks.â€
Fortunately, former days in Sligo have Oâ€™Donnell and co. in good shape for this approach.
â€œI played a lot with Sligo and a lot of that would have been unstructured rugby. I love it, to be honest with you.â€
15. Jack Power (UCD / Leinster)*
14. Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster)*
13. Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster)*
12. Jimmy Oâ€™Brien (UCD / Leinster)*
11. Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster)*
10. Johnny McPhillips (QUB / Ulster)*
9. John Poland (Cork Con / Munster)*
1. Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster)
2. Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster)
3. Conan Oâ€™Donnell (Sligo / Connacht)
4. Peter Claffey (Galwegians / Connacht)*
5. James Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster)* Captain
6. Cillian Gallagher (Sligo / Connacht)*
7. Will Connors (UCD / Leinster)*
8. Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster)*
The Sligo U10’s and U12’s girls team played at half time in the Connacht V Scarlets game. There were 6 girls teams there in a celebration of girls rugby. The girls formed a tunnel as both teams took to the field and they cheered on their Connacht heros, who went on to beat Scarlets 30-17 in a great game on cold Galway day. Connacht have now gone back on top of the PRO 12 league table where they share top spot with Scarlets in what is shaping up to be Connacht’s best season ever in the PRO 12.Â
The girls did a lap of honour around the ground just before the kick off and they were cheered on and welcomed by the close to 6,000 strong crowd in the Sportsground in Galway.
Well done to all of the girls that took part – you did your Club and your families proud!
Many thanks to all of the coaches and parents that helped out on the day – the girls could not have done it without you.