Among the photographs reproduced in the club’s Yearbook, was a picture of the Co. Sligo team which played Dublin University in 1910. Plans are now afoot to mark the centenary of that fixture with a game between the sides in 2010.
Dublin University [Trinity College], is the oldest existing rugby club in the world, having been founded in 1854, and many legendary figures in Irish rugby have played for the club. Over the years some Sligo players have worn their famous jersey, incuding George Mullan in the 1980’s, Stuart Draper in the 1990’s and Paul Gillespie at present. Paul, who plays at full-back on their A.I.L side, was back in action last Saturday against Bective Rangers in Donnybrook in the A.I.L., and had an outstanding game. He suffered a broken nose in the club’s recent tour of England, where he played against both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. In the Cambridge game Paul scored two tries.
Dublin University’s last game against Sligo was in College Park in 1993, in an A.I.L. league tie, and they were victorious on a 40-10 scoreline. Among the players who starred for Sligo at that time was a flying tearaway wing forward, Mickey O’Hehir, a try scoring prop forward in that game, Finbar Filan, an experienced No. 8, Eric Brett, an emerging prop forward, Rory Raftery, and a very promising young out-half, Kenneth O’Neill. Happily, all are involved in the club in various capacities at present.