Next Sundayâ€™s Annual Club Dinner, sponsored for the first time by AIB, promises to be a truly memorable occasion, as a capacity crowd have booked their tickets for the function. At the time of going to press, the event has sold out, but a small number of tickets may become available through late cancellations, soÂ enquiries should be directed to the Chairperson of the Organising Sub-Committee, Billy Leahy [Phone 087-2921212], to Niall Draper [Phone 087-2598206] or to the club President, Tom Gilligan [086-6019050].
All local rugby supporters are looking forward to meeting Munster legend, Anthony Foley, a player of outstanding achievements, who is retiring from the game at the end of this season. Anthony is certain to prove to be be a most interesting speaker, as he recalls a truly memorable career. He earned the first of his 62 caps for Ireland in January 1995, and has been a household name in the game since then. It is a measure of the longevity of Anthonyâ€™s career that he has played on Irish teams which included players from the seemingly distant past such as Simon Geoghegan, current DUP politician, Davey Tweed, Nick Popplewell, Eric Elwood and Neil Francis, as well as all the stars of the modern era such as Keith Wood, Brian Oâ€™Driscoll, Ronan Oâ€™Gara and Paul Oâ€™Connell.
Among the invited guests are the President of the Connacht Branch, Michael Cunningham,and his wife, Lily, the Mayor ofÂ Sligo, Colr. Jonathan McGoldrick and his wife, Minister Jimmy Devins, a former President of the club, and his wife, Mary, Senator Geraldine Feeney, a Life Member of the club, Tommy Breheny, who managed Sligo to Connacht GAA glory last year, and his wife, Ruth, Very Rev. Dean Stuart McGee and his wife, stalwart club member, George Hamlet, who was President of the club from 1969 to 1972 and former Sligo player, Damien Torsney, a native of Drumahair, who is the current President of Old Belvedere RFC.
The evening commences with a drinksâ€™ reception at 7.30 pm, and dinner will be served at 8.30 pm sharp. The M.C. for the evening will be Damien Heaslip, who is guaranteed to link proceedings very smoothly, as he presides in his inimitable fashion.