The season may be ended, but there’s still lots to do! The Club continues its fundraising efforts, with the focus now firmly on the refurbishment and development of the dressing rooms and player facilities. We are appealing to all members and friends of Sligo RFC to donate any saleable items, vouchers, hampers or services to the club. Please contact Peter Gillespie 087 859 5731 or any other club member with your commitments. The auction will take place at 2pm on Sunday 19th May in the clubhouse.
The ‘Give Reffin a Try’ information night will take place on Monday 29th April at 7.30 pm in Sligo RFC clubhouse. This event will be of interest to anyone who would like to get involved in refereeing the game.IRFU Referee Development & Education Manager Peter Fitzgibbon will give a presentation on the many facets of his role, including
- How the referee system works in Connacht and beyond
- What pathways, supports and benefits are available to those that do get involved
- How to sign up
- Q & A session
Members of the ARCB will be in attendance to give an insight in to their experiences as a referee, and we will give everyone a chance to ‘be the referee’ with some interactive work.
Referees have one of the toughest jobs in sport. It is important to remember that the referees are under pressure during the game too, not just the players and we all agree on how much respect referees deserve from everyone who is a part of the rugby family.
As a club, Sligo RFC must also play its part in encouraging and training referees.
The Coney Island Challenge will take place on Sunday 13th October this year and will be run by Sligo RFC. Registration for the 10 mile and 10 km runs, as well as the 10 km walk will be opening soon.
The Sligo RFC Annual Awards & Dinner Dance will take place on Friday 24th May in The Glasshouse Hotel. There are only a limited number of tables, so with over 750 members in the club, early booking is advised. More details will be available soon.
Time to turn back the clock and go back to the rugby club disco. The Back to the 80s Big Christmas Party will take place on Saturday 15th December from 9.30pm ‘til very late, with prizes for the best 80s costume. This event is strictly over 18s and is open to the public, with all profit going to the Sligo RFC Development Fund. Tickets are priced at €15 each and are available from Keane’s Centra Strandhill, Cosgrove’s Centra Maugheraboy and The Record Room.
Last Saturday marked a special day in the 128year history of Sligo RFC, as Mayor Rosaleen O’Grady and Club President Des Cosgrove cut the ribbon to officially open the state-of-the-art, 4G artificial, grass pitch and the upgraded, second, grass pitch. They were led in the ceremony by Chairman Niall Gray and joined by Connacht IRFU representative Kevin Dineen, local councillors Marie Casserly, Tony Mc Loughlin and Marc MacSharry, and members of the Juvenile and Youth sections. Fr Niall Ahern blessed the new pitches and Rory Raftery member of the Development Committee spoke of the importance of the financial support of the members, the community, the Sligo business community and of the Sports Capital programme in providing funding to make the project a reality.
It is hard to believe that it was only three years ago that a four-phase plan was put into action to improve the facilities at Hamilton Park and meet the growing demands of its 20 teams and 450 playing members. Since then, work has been carried out in relation to external facilities, such as securing the grounds, fencing, internal road/path works and re-development of the gateway. Substantial Clubhouse repairs and renovations with the assistance of Sligo Leader Partnership through the Tus programme. Add to that the new, all-weather, training pitch, new grass pitch, lighting, dugouts and car park and you will have a clear picture of how the club has developed over the past few years. The future development of facilities will also extend to the Clubhouse, redevelopment of the main grass pitch and proposed extension to the stand facility, to double its capacity.
All this development is due to the hard work and dedication of the Development Committee, along with committee and club members, who together have sought out investors and sponsors, and run fundraising events locally to source the much-needed funds to meet the growing needs of the club.
Sligo RFC are deeply indebted to the members and friends of Sligo RFC, sponsors and the local business community who continue to support the development of the club.
Next in the fundraising pipeline is the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to the Rugby World Cup in Japan, when the club issue their Your Club, Your Country tickets, available from club members. This will be followed on December 15th by a Back to the 80s Christmas Party Night in the club after the last match of the year. Details will be on the club’s Facebook page and website. Tickets can be purchased through Cosgrove’s Centra, Maugheraboy, Keane’s Centra, Strandhill and The Record Room.
The next club fundraiser is a Back to the 80s Christmas Party and will take place on Saturday 15th December. Put this date into your diaries and check out the Sligo RFC Facebook page for further details.
Next Saturday will see the official opening of the newly-developed second grass pitch. This will take place at 12pm. Representatives from Connacht Rugby and the local authorities, as well as Sligo RFC dignitaries, will preside over the official opening. This will be followed by a pre-match lunch and the Sligo V Wanderers All Ireland League game at 2.30pm.
U18s Win at home
The U18s had a well-deserved victory last Sunday against a sold outfit from Galwegians. The visitors led by 4points with only minutes to go. Sligo pulled out all the stops to score a converted try to earn their first win of the season.
Minis Blitz at Hamilton Park
Over 200 boys and girls, aged 6-12 took part in a Minis blitz last Saturday. The weather did little to dampen the spirits, as all the teams played on the three different pitches. Congratulations to all the players on a great display of rugby. Thank you to all the parents and coaches involved.
U10s Play at The Sportsground
Sligo RFC U10s travelled to Galway last Saturday to play at halftime in the European Challenge Cup game between Connacht and Bordeaux. The players also formed a guard of honour for the Connacht players as they entered the pitch. Well done to all the coaches and parents involved in organising the trip.
Mixed results for Sligo U14s
Both Sligo U14 teams were playing at home last Saturday. The boys were playing Corinthians and maintained their 100% record, when the visitors decided to concede the game.
The U14 girls came up against tough opposition in the visiting Creggs side and were unfortunate to lose 6 tries to three.
Boston Tea Party at the Glasshouse.
The first fundraiser of the new season took place last Saturday night in The Glasshouse Hotel. Almost 200 people attended the Boston Tea Party, organised by Mary O’Hehir and Martha Cosgrove.
The night was a great success, with the much-coveted culinary award going to Emer Bree, representing The Warriors Committee.
Sligo RFC will host their first fundraiser of the year on 13th October in The Glasshouse Hotel, when the culinary wizards of the rugby world pit their skills against each other to feed family and friends at the club’s Boston Tea Party. The night will start at 8pm and will be followed by a disco.
Tickets cost €25 per person. Contact Mary (087 2697083) or Martha (087 7638820) to host a table or secure your place at what promises to be a night to remember.