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New Club Sponsors announced – Primary Sponsor is The Garavogue Bar


Sligo RFC is delighted to announce its 2016 senior section sponsors with the launch of the new jersey design.

The new primary senior section Club sponsor is The Garavogue Bar.


Speaking after the announcement of the Sligo RFC’s sponsors, Club Sponsorship Chairperson Rory Raftery said “We are very excited about The Garavogue coming on board as the Club’s new primary senior section sponsor. We look forward to working in partnership with the Garavogue as we move forward. The team at the Garavogue – Brian, Sinead and Tom are keen rugby enthusiasts and they are ready to welcome Club members and friends through their doors. With the 6 Nations kicking off this weekend, what better time than the present to visit the Garavogue for all your rugby viewing and social needs.”

ej menswear

The senior section supporting sponsor is ej menswear and we are delighted to welcome Eamonn, Mark and the team at ej’s back on board again this year as a sponsor. ej’s have been long time supporters of Sligo Rugby and continue to do so for the year ahead.

Jako Sport

The Club also welcomes back Jako Sport as supporting sponsor for 2016. Nick and Fiona and their team at Jako have a wide range of Sligo RFC kit available for sale.

Goodness Shakes

Another new supporting sponsor is Aurivo with their line of milk shakes – For Goodness Shakes. We very much welcome them on board and again look forward to working with them over the year ahead.

Ulster Bank_IRFU_Logo

The Club also acknowledges the support of Ulster Bank for their ongoing sponsorship of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League.

Unanimous decision paves the way for development of facilities at Sligo RFC

A Special Meeting of the members of Sligo RFC was convened on Tuesday Jan 26th, 2016 to consider a proposal on the development of facilities at the Club by the Development Committee.

Members turned out in great numbers and a good discussion was had on the proposal following its presentation by Club Chairman Brian Mullan, Rory Raftery, Trevor Sweeney and Development Committee Chairman Michael O’Hehir. Other members of the Development Committee are Tom Nielsen and Brian Roche.

Following the presentation a good discussion ensued with plenty of questions from the floor.

The proposal was voted on and a unanimous decision reached to pave the way for the new development.
The Development Committee must now go about raising the balance of funds necessary to make the project a reality, in addition to already secured Sports Capital funding, IRFU loan, Bank loan and the Clubs own existing funds.

For more information and to contribute to the development fund please contact Michael O’Hehir  (086) 245 9432 or Rory Raftery (087) 2613011.


3 Sligo players named in the Ireland U20 squad for 6 nations

Congratulations to Conan O’Donnell, Cillian Gallagher and Stephen Kerins, all of whom made the final squad for the Ireland U20’s for the 2016 6 nations campaign. Matthew Cosgrove played a huge part in the build up to the 6 nations as part of the wider squad and was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final 30, which was named last Friday and includes 5 Connacht players.

Conan returns to the side for a second year running having played a significant part in the Ireland U20’s 2015 6 nations campaign and the 2015 U20 World Cup.

Everyone at Sligo RFC is delighted for the lads and we extend our best wishes to them, their families and the rest of the squad for the 6 nations campaign which kicks off on Friday February 6th with a home fixture in Donnybrook Stadium against Wales.

IRELAND U20 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures

IRELAND U20s v Wales U20s

Donnybrook Stadium

Friday 5th February 2016
France U20s v IRELAND U20s

Parc des Sports et de l’Amitié, Narbonne

Friday 12th February, 2016
England U20s v IRELAND U20s

Kingston Park, Newcastle

Friday 26th February, 2016
IRELAND U20s v Italy U20s

Donnybrook Stadium

Friday 11th March, 2016
IRELAND U20s v Scotland U20s

Donnybrook Stadium

Friday 18th March,

See article on the Connacht Rugby website here –

Volkswagen Tag Host Clubs for 2016 Announced


In its tenth year, Volkswagen Tag sees its leagues expand again around Ireland with new host clubs, nights and grades all available for players of all ability and even more locations
New Spring, Summer, and Autumn leagues are on offer to Volkswagen Tag teams around Ireland this year with registrations opening online (on on Wednesday morning at 11am.

The new additions include Spring Leagues at the ALSAA grounds with Swords RFC and two Summer leagues with Railway Union RFC. Following this will be some very exciting news indeed on Volkswagen Tag in Munster region. Watch this space or follow the Facebook page to be in the know once news is released!

Volkswagen Tag is a form of social, NON-contact rugby, played by mixed teams, men’s teams or women’s teams. It is Ireland’s only IRFU-run tag rugby programme and is hosted solely at rugby clubs. The season takes place during a time when the regular rugby season quietens down and a busy clubhouse is still desired.

In Connacht, Spring gets going at the fantastic setting of NUI Galway with 24 teams blowing the dust and cobwebs away and hitting the tag field. Sligo and Galway Corinthians then lead the way into Summer. Sligo is a vibrant club with the emphasis on the fun side of the game and is growing still, while Galway Corinthians is the largest tag venue ANYWHERE, seeing over 1,100 players each Thursday turn up to play and then enjoy the busy social calendar the club puts on for them.

In Leinster, the Northside of Dublin has grown exponentially with Suttonians RFC, Clontarf FC, Malahide RFC and Swords RFC all hosting leagues this year. Never before has tag been this big on this side of the city. Meanwhile, on the South Side, accommodating the growth in number of teams, we welcome Railway Union RFC to the Volkswagen Tag family. The club are ready to get this Summer going already and will complement very well the already well-established, quality host clubs Old Belvedere RFC and Lansdowne FC, as will Donnybrook Stadium, where hosts Old Wesley RFCare set to build even bigger on their first season in 2015.
Tallaght RFC have moved grounds to Firhouse Community School and promise an enjoyable 10 weeks with them. Tullamore RFC, the home of Midnight Sevens, look set to grow again in tag numbers, with Martin & Co lighting up midlands tag showing how it should be done.

In Munster, players in Cork will see Tuesdays and Thursdays hopping weekly with host Venue Managers, Joerg and Fiona looking to continue the success of the previous seasons. Spring Leagues will fill up before you know it too. Watch out for more Munster news very shortly.

Last but most certainly NOT least, in Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast has had to expand in order to cater for the teams who did not make it on time last year. Gets better and better at this venue. Belfast Harlequins RFC will build even more on the two nights per week and we will most likely see even more than last year’s record number of 72 teams signing up to play this Summer.

After ten years of Volkswagen Tag, we see an impressive list of host clubs open to registrations, as you will no doubt agree, and all for a registration fee that will not be beaten anywhere else. Teams signing up automatically enter draws for exclusive competitions which include tickets to see Ireland play at the Aviva Stadium and Ireland shirts signed by the squad.

Beach Tag dates will be announced in due course as will details of this year’s All-Ireland Championships.

To sign up to play Volkswagen Tag, just go to anytime after Wednesday morning at 11am. Be warned however, leagues DO fill up by the middle of February at various host clubs. Don’t waste any time in getting organised. Ensure a happy team by signing up promptly. This is not ‘sales talk’ either.

Back to school Club Disco – Fri Jan 15th


The back to school Club Disco will be held in the Club this Friday night – Jan 15th.

Assistance is required on the night. If you can help please contact Justin on 086 8162265. There are still a small number of tickets available which you can get from Justin also. Volunteers please meet at the Club at 8:45pm.

Mary Delahunty RIP

The President, Committee and members of Sligo RFC extend their condolences to former Club player and 2nd team manager Tony Delahunty on the sad passing of his mother Mary earlier this week.

The death has occurred of Mary DELAHUNTY (née Leahy)
Park Road, Templemore, Tipperary

Reposing at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore this Tuesday evening from 5pm. Removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Templemore at 7.30pm to arrive at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11.30am. Interment in the adjoining cemetery afterwards. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Cancer Research please. House private Wenesday morning please. Prayers in Grey’s Funeral Home on Monday night at 9pm.

Special Meeting (EGM) re Facilities Development set for Jan 26th

Proposed Development 2016-2018

A Special Meeting of the members of Sligo RFC will be held at the Clubhouse in Strandhill on Tuesday, January 26th at 8pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider a proposal by the Club Development committee (with the support of the Executive Committee, General Committee and Trustees) regarding the immediate development of Club facilities.

All members are invited to attend so please ensure that you make every effort to be there in order to have your say in the future of the development of the Club.

Please note that the meeting is only open to members of Sligo RFC and only fully paid up members will be permitted to vote on the proposal.

Development fundraising meeting

There is a development fundraising meeting scheduled for 8pm Monday Oct 5th at the Club.
The meeting is called to discuss the level of fundraising required by the Club to undertake the development of facilities at the Club and the timing thereof.

We need to explore a range of fundraising ideas and to decide on the ones that we run with and then to set roles/responsibilities and to draw up timelines and suitable dates for various activities.

It is critical that as many people as possible attend the meeting, which is absolutely not limited to Committee members. All players and members are invited and encouraged to attend. We all have a vested interest in the development of the facilities and all will be welcome with big and small ideas alike.

Please spread the word to all of your contacts and encourage others to do likewise.