Death of Former Sligo RFC President

The death took place recently, following a short illness, of Cyril Shaw, who served as President of Sligo RFC from 1957-1959, and who was a former player with the club.

Following a period in the mid-1950’s, when the club ceased to function, Cyril, along with the late Barry Woods [grandfather of current U-14 coach, Barry McConkey], the late Angus Graham, the late Brian McDonagh, and others, was responsible for the re-launch of the club in 1957. He had the unique distinction of serving as President while still a playing member.

Last August, on the invitation of the Editor, Tom Gilligan, Cyril contributed a very interesting and amusing article to the club’s 2007-2008 Yearbook, in which he recounted the trials and tribulations of re-launching a rugby club in Sligo 50 years ago. The little acorn sown by Cyril and his friends in 1957 has become a thriving oak, and Sligo RFC to-day is really a monument to the vision and foresight of Cyril and his colleagues from that era.

Cyril retained a deep interest in club affairs, and in the fortunes of the club, and was very enthusiastic about the plans to re-locate to an 18.7 acre site at Cloverhill.

At last week’s monthly meeting of the club, glowing tributes were paid to Cyril, who was a true sportsman, a man of the highest principle, and of unfailing good humour.

The club President, Conor Frazer, and the Committee, extend deepest sympathy to his wife, Iris, and to his family.