It is with great sadness that the Club has learned of the passing of our lifelong friend and member Sheila Mullan.
Sligo RFC President, Chairperson, Committee, players, members and friends extend deepest sympathies to Brian, Peter and Joeanne, to Sheila’s sisters Mary and Catherine, brothers Andy, Tommy and Eamon, daughter-in-law Caroline, son-in-law Eamonn, grandchildren Ronan, Elena, Brian and Emily, and to the wider Mullan and Fleming families. Sheila and Brian have been proud members of the Club for over 50 years and her passing comes with both shock and sadness to our members.
The Club has enjoyed a great association with the Mullan family over many years. Brian was one of the Club’s stalwart players in the 1960’s and 70’s. When he met Sheila, she immediately became a great supporter of the Club both on and off the field, assisting and directing many a Club social function or end of year dinner dance. Brian has been an integral part of Club Committees down through the years, Club Captain in 1966/67, serving in various football roles before moving onto to serving as Club President in 1985/86, 1999/00, 2000/01 and 2013/14 and as Chairperson as recently as 2015/16. Peter has been one of the Club’s longest serving players, having played for the Club senior team from 1990 through 2014, through two All-Ireland League campaigns and is currently a coach with the Club’s Youth section. Sheila’s grandson Ronan now stars in the Club’s juvenile section, with great support from his sister Elena and brother Brian on Saturday mornings and we hope that the most recent Mullan grandchild Emily will before long make it to the side-line to cheer along her cousins.
We will miss Sheila’s ever presence on the side-line as she roared on every Sligo team, not just those that her own family played on. She was a great supporter of the Club’s first women’s team in the 1990’s. Always a regular in her spot beside the fireplace for the post-match celebrations in the Clubhouse on cold winter days and forever up for a bit of fun, Sheila enjoyed the end of year dinner dance and awards night, was first to hit the dancefloor and not always first to leave at the end of the night! Sheila will be missed by the many families within the Club and wider Sligo community with whom she had so many strong connections.
May she rest in peace.
Sheila MULLAN (née Fleming) Lissalana, Strandhill Rd, Sligo. Reposing at her residence on Saturday from 4pm until 9pm and to repose again on Sunday from 2pm until 4pm with removal to Sligo Cathedral arriving at 6pm. Funeral mass on Monday morning at 11.30am with funeral proceeding afterwards to St. Patrick’s cemetery Scarden, Strandhill Rd.
HOUSE PRIVATE AT ALL OTHER TIMES PLEASE.