72 times capped and former Ireland out-half, David Humphreys made a very favourable impression when he was club President, Tom Gilligan’s special guest speaker at the annual Sligo RFC dinner in the Sligo Park hotel on Saturday evening last. David captivated everybody present with a superb address, when he spoke of the joys, trials and tribulations of being a professional rugby player. His speech was laced with anecdotes and wit, and his popularity can be gauged from the long queues who waited patiently for photographs and autographs after the dinner.
Among the capacity attendance were the President of the Connacht Branch, Sean Calleary [Ballina RFC], George Hamlet, the club’s oldest member, and the Mayor of Sligo, Colr. Tom MacSharry. Other guests included the Chairman of the Co. Sligo GAA Board, John Murphy and his wife, Ailish, while John Kent from the Sligo team’s management was also present. The political world was represented by the presence of Oireachtas members, Jimmy Devins TD, John Perry TD, and Senator Geraldine Feeney, while General Election canditates, Imelda Henry and Michael Commiskey were also in attendance.
A special presentation was made to Jason East in recognition of his selection on the Ireland Youth team. Cathal Sheridan won the Youth Player of the Year Award, Jamie Livingstone, the Senior Player Award, while the Frank Feeney Award for Clubperson of the Year went to John Kane. The Hall of Fame Award, which was introduced for the first time this year, was won by Alan McMeekin.
The club President welcomed the guests and everyone present, thanked all who worked on behalf of the club in whatever capacity, and expressed his deepest gratitude to the club’s main sponsors, Martin Reilly Motors, Kevinsfort Limited, Infacta.Com and Anglo Irish Bank, as well as to the club’s other valued sponsors.