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We are delighted to be able to make a return to Juveniles rugby on this Saturday Sep 19th for all age groups from U7-U12, and on Sat Oct 3rd for U10/12 Girls. The club have been working very hard over the last number of months to prepare all teams for return to play in accordance with both the government and the IRFU return to play guidelines. We have been one of the first clubs in Connaught to be approved to return – so we would like to thank all those involved in the pre-season work to get us started on time for the forthcoming season. After all the disruptions to normality over the last few months, we are very much looking forward to getting back on the pitch!

Last year’s U7 recruits on their first day in Hamilton Park

Training Times & Groups: There will be many changes to our normal routine in order to ensure a safe playing environment for our kids. Most notably, our session start times must now be staggered to reduce opportunities for contacts between various age groups. We had approximately 180 kids registered across the Juveniles last year; therefore, in order to reduce the numbers arriving and leaving the club at any one time, we have split into two separate training sessions, with staggered start and end times for each group within the sessions. This change will prevent large numbers congregating before training and will also increase the overall pitch space available to each group –facilitating a safe separation of each groups playing areas. We will also have a one-way system in place for entering and leaving the pitch areas as outlined on the pitch layouts overleaf, which include the sessions start times. We know that this change will pose challenges for those families with kids in various groups, but you will understand that having one start time for all age groups was not going to be viable this year. We will of course review our plans in accordance with any changes which may occur during the season. We would ask for your support in ensuring that you only arrive at your allotted start time – and not before or later.

Covid Survey: Another key requirement in our safe return to play is the need to maintain accurate roll calls, and to have all players complete a Covid survey to confirm they are symptom free on the day before training. In order to make this process efficient – we plan to use Heja as our scheduling and communication tool for all Juvenile groups. Parents will confirm attendance no later than 6pm on the day before training. Please print and return a signed copy of the Personal Assessment Form. The disclaimer on this form outlines your understanding that by signing the form at the beginning of the season, you understand that when confirming your child’s attendance at training /games each week via Heja, you are also confirming that your child is symptom free. Please bring along the signed form at your child’s first training session. It will be retained by the coach for the remainder of the season. The form will be posted on Heja each week as a reminder to ensure you review all the questions before confirming attendance at training. Coaches will print out the Heja confirmed attendance list after 6pm on the day before training. Once your child is on this list, they will be permitted to training. If they are not on the list, they cannot be permitted to train. We will have a manual system in place for new members only. We ask that you always accompany your child to the club entry point at the top of the car park at each training session, where a Covid Officer will have the confirmed player lists. If a player is not included on the pre-printed coach attendance list, they cannot enter the pitch area. It’s important that parents know their child has been able to enter training before leaving the car park. One parent is permitted to enter training per child, and this is mandatory for U7s, and encouraged for any group where additional parent support is required. Parents should confirm attendance (and Covid survey) via Heja in order to access the pitch playing area.

One-way system in operation , please try to arrive at allocated time

▪ Players will be permitted to the pitch areas after Covid survey is confirmed at the pedestrian entryway beside the car park. ▪ All players will be required to hand sanitise before entering the players area. ▪ The club grounds will operate a one-way flow for entering and leaving the playing area. See the maps overleaf for further details. ▪ On arrival at the pitch – players will be split into their defined training pods for the session. ▪ All playing equipment & balls will be sanitised before and after each training session by coaches.

Fixture Schedule: The fixture schedules this year is to be determined at this point. We are focused on safely returning to training initially– and will look to coordinate a reduced playing schedule in the coming months. There are obviously challenges to be considered in terms of overall travelling numbers. We will update on Heja well in advance of any proposed fixtures later in the season.

Volunteers: Sligo Rugby Club has a great ethos of volunteering, which spans many participants in various roles across the club. We sincerely appreciate the effort and commitment from all of our mini-rugby coaches, volunteers, and supportive parents—all make an impact in the form of regular training sessions, hosting visiting teams, supporting fund-raising events, and participating in away games. Thank you for all of your continued support. With the additional Covid related requirements this year, we would ask that anyone who has time to assist coaches – particularly around the check-in of players before entering training, please get in touch with your relevant head coach. In addition, we are always looking for new coach volunteers. We will have IRFU coach training sessions scheduled in September – so anyone who is interested in joining the coaching team please do get in touch. Lower coach/player ratios are key to the quality of coaching we can offer.

Registration: Registration for membership this year is online here. Please note our registration platform has changed from Clubforce to Sportslomo this year. The reason for change is that the IRFU have partnered with Sportslomo in order to manage player registration with the IRFU. Rather than require a separate platform for IRFU registration and club registration, both can now be completed on Sportslomo. We will continue to utilize the Heja app for all Juvenile communications & scheduling. Please ensure your register your child on Sportslomo prior to training. Its imperative that all players are registered both with the club and IRFU for insurance purposes. We are very much looking forward to returning to play this year and seeing you all soon.

IRFU Recommendations To Clubs On Updated Government Guidelines

Updated August 19th, 2020

The Government of Ireland have updated public health measures in response to a recent surge in cases of COVID-19.

Irish Rugby is committed to assisting efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the IRFU would like to offer guidance to clubs to help them adhere to these measures while continuing to provide a health and wellbeing outlet for their community.. Click here to view the document

Girls 8-14 Give it a Try

Sligo R.F.C. are delighted to be running the IRFU Give it a Try program again this year. The program is designed for girls aged 8 to 14 to learn how to play rugby in a safe and fun environment.The fun and games will take place every Sunday for 4 weeks, starting on August 30th at a cost of only €10 for all 4 sessionsIf you’re looking for a great way to get your girls into a great sporting community then please come along to the home of rugby in the North West -Hamilton Park Strandhill on Sunday 30th August from 11a.m. to 12 noon. For more info or to register your interest please contact Dominic on 086 2269284 or email

AGM 2020

The 2019/20 AGM took place last Wednesday evening with a large attendance, the first time the clubhouse has been open since early March.  Club Chairperson Niall Gray opened the meeting with the news that Mickey O’Hehir has been appointed Connacht Junior President, this announcement was followed by a large cheer and a standing ovation for Mickey.

Former Connacht President Joe Burgess pictured with the incoming Connacht Junior President Mickey O’Hehir

Club Secretary Martha Cosgrove read the minutes from last year’s AGM and reported on the curtailed season. Outgoing Chairperson, Niall Gray, thanked the players and managements for their dedication to the club, and thanked the membership for their great support for all our teams throughout the season. The Under 15 team were congratulated on having won the Connacht league.

Rory Raftery, Finance Chairperson, reported on the financial situation of the club and the continuing plans for development.  The Club is indebted to all those who gave their time and expertise in the organisation and promotion of fundraising events last season.

The former committee were thanked for all their hard work and the new committee were elected.  Congratulations to Tom Nielsen who takes over the role of Club Chairperson, the first Dane to do so.

Officers elected for Season 2020-21: President                                 Niall Gray
Senior Vice President            Jean Mc Connell
Junior Vice President            TBA
Chairperson                             Tom Nielsen Hon Treasurer                        Michael Shovelin
Hon Secretary                         Roisin Buckley
Finance Chairperson             Rory Raftery  Grounds / House Chairperson             Brian Roche    Football Chairperson               TBA PRO                                        Jean Mc Connell Membership Secretary            Gavin Laws Youth Co-ordinator                Hugh O’Hehir Juvenile Committee:    Phelim O’Connor, Eddie Beirne, David Gerrity  Volunteer Co-ordinator          Jacqui Cunningham Covid-19 Safety Officer         John Garvey

A socially distanced AGM

AGM 2020

This year’s AGM will take place on Wednesday, 5th August at 8pm in the Clubhouse. All members are invited to attend. 

Please note the following

1. Pre-registration is obligatory under HSE rules –      you must confirm your attendance by 12 noon on Tuesday, 4th August.

2. ONLY those who have pre-registered can be admitted to the AGM

3. Only paid up Members of Sligo RFC can vote at the AGM

4. The Personal Assessment Declaration form must be completed BEFORE attending and submitted at the door

5. If you are feeling unwell on the day of the AGM  DO NOT ATTEND THE AGM

6. Bring your own mask and hand sanitiser for personal use

7. The 2 meters distancing rule must be respected throughout the AGM

8. Motions and nominations to be submitted to Martha Cosgrove on email before 8p.m. on Monday, 3rd August

UPDATE: Return to Rugby Roadmap

The IRFU have reviewed the Government of Ireland Phase 3 guidelines for the return of sporting activity from 29th June and have updated the Return to Rugby Roadmap for clubs.

All clubs must complete the COVID-19 Safety Planning Stage before moving to the resumption of training at any level.

Key Points:

·         Clubs in ROI that have completed the COVID19 Safety Planning Stage can advance to Non-Contact Rugby Stage from the 1st July, 2020

·         As per above conditions, Clubs can advance to Contact Rugby Stage from 20th July 2020

·         IRFU will provide further detail on Non-Contact and Contact stages of Return to Rugby by 26th June, 2020

·         Update pending on Non-Contact training element of Step 2 of the NI Coronavirus Regulations

·         Paperless Pre-Return to Rugby Personal Assessment Declaration Form available from 13th July 2020

·         Club competitions are set to commence in September 2020

·         Player welfare a key focus of the Return to Rugby Roadmap

·         IRFU to issue supplementary PPE kits to clubs w/c 29th June 2020

The full statement goes into specific detail about What Clubs can do in the Non-Contact Stage (From Wednesday 1st July, 2020). Please read the full statement here


There was exciting news from Irish Rugby last week when they launched a roadmap aimed at the graduated reopening of rugby clubs & return to rugby activities. 
The club have a lot of planning & procedures to put into place before a return to play can happen.
Our specific return to play can only be planned once all the necessary procedures/risk assessments have been completed and submitted to the IRFU.

COVID compliance officers will be appointed & trained for each team. We will keep you informed as the club work towards a safe return to rugby and directives for running rugby evolve.

Sligo RFC will issue updates as available, but for now the club & pitches remain closed. We ask everyone to respect this until further notice.


𝙒𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙤𝙧 𝙍𝙪𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙎𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙤 𝙍𝙪𝙜𝙗𝙮 𝘾𝙡𝙪𝙗 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙨.            𝙒𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥! 🇧🇪 

Due to COVID 19 pandemic, there has been a halt put to sporting activities and fundraising opportunities for charities and sports teams alike. Sligo Rugby Club has had to cancel all of its traditional fundraisers which are the lifeblood of the Club. Now more than ever our club needs your support.

This crisis is the biggest challenge the Sligo Samaritans has ever faced. Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are waiting for your call. Freephone them on 116 123.

Everything we can raise for them will go towards keeping their doors and phone lines open so that they can continue to be here for us.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴?                          All club players from U7s to Senior, all supporters and friends of Sligo Rugby Club have decided to take matters into their own hands and set out to claim the virtual Grand Slam glory and raise some badly needed funds for both Sligo Rugby Club and The Samaritans.

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 “Grand Slam”?    It all started on the June Bank Holiday Monday we set off to virtually claim the Triple Crown by walking or running 2,000km from Sligo to Edinburgh Stadium, to Twickenham, to the Millennium Stadium and home.  Having reached Cardiff, in just over a week, we set our sights on the greater glory of conquering Paris and Rome and laying claim to the title of the virtual Grand Slam.

𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲?      Everyone can join in – players, supporters and friends of Sligo RFC. It’s very simple – answer the call by following the steps below

1. Go out and walk or run in your club colors – respecting Social Distancing of course                            

2. When you are finished take a selfie with the thumbs up (Spread the positivity!)                                            

3. Post on your social media tagging @SligoRFC (just telling us how far you went and use the hashtags #TripleCrown #SligoRFC

4. Finally, donate to the GoFundMe campaign :

A message from Sligo RFC President Jacqui Cunningham

Club President 2019/20 Jacqui Cunningham pictured with Cork Constitution Vice President Donal Lenehan

I know, like myself, you are all disappointed at the abrupt end of our rugby season, especially due to such difficult and challenging circumstances for us all.
This Saturday, April 18th, would have been our final AIL fixture against Galwegians at home in Hamilton Park. I had certainly hoped it would not have been my final game as President.

What a season we have had as a Club coming now in to our 130th anniversary year winning both the Connacht Senior League and Cup for the first time in our history. Both definite, stand out moments for me as President for our team to have achieved such successes. Winning the Connacht Senior Cup led to an historic meeting with Cork Con, captained of course by a Sligo man Niall Kenneally and represented, as Vice President, by the one and only Donal Lenihan. It certainly was a fantastic and proud day for our Club and team, led by co-captains Ryan Feehily and Shane O’Hehir, both on and off the pitch.

It has been a roller coaster season with some amazing and exciting rugby played by us and some heartbreak moments from last minute scores against us.
As you all know by now our Senior Coaching & Management Team of Paddy, Jason, John and John are finishing after two fantastic seasons at the helm. I cannot express enough our gratitude to them all for their commitment and professionalism at the helm. They have given us two fantastic seasons that none of us will forget. Thank you all so much, you will certainly be a hard act to follow. We look forward to you joining the crew on the magic bus in the future as it will help to bring down the age profile!

I would like to congratulate the U15s on their Connacht League title and The Gulls, who will forever have the accolade of being the only team to finish the 2019/20 season.  Thanks to the Development Squad for their continued commitment on and off the pitch.
I would like to thank everyone involved in our great Club; all of our players from the 21 teams, all of our Coaching & Management teams, all Committee members, all volunteers, all of our Club members from near and far and of course a special thanks to all the parents, partners and family members of our players/coaches for your support in enabling the commitment that they give to the Club.
A special thank you to our supporters who honestly are the best and the most-travelled of all the Clubs that we meet in the AIL.
I would personally like to thank the following ladies for all their help throughout the season, it was very much appreciated : Jean McConnell (P.R.O.) for her outstanding dedication and commitment to Sligo RFC, Mary O’Hehir and her Catering Team for all the amazing pre-match lunches and ongoing commitment to the Club, Martha Cosgrove (Secretary) for her organisational skills in a very demanding role.  Many thanks to all of the Committee Members (too many to mention) for all their hard work and tiredness commitment to the Club – again much appreciated.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have represented Sligo RFC as President this season. I would personally like to thank all who have supported me during this time, this support was very much appreciated.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the role of President and wish every success to in-coming President Niall Gray.
Finally, I look forward to the eventual start of rugby again for Sligo and all around our great country. We have all missed it, but  have especially missed the camaraderie that comes from it. I look forward to meeting you all again when we get through this. Keep safe and well.
Jacqui Cunningham
Sligo Rugby Club President 2019/20