The Sligo RFC Yearbook for the 2007-2008 season was launched at a function in the Glasshouse Hotel on Saturday last by club President,Tom Gilligan. Among the large attendance present were Cyril Shaw, President of the club 50 years ago, in the 1957-1958 season, George Hamlet, club President from 1969-1972, nine other past club Presidents, and a former Sligo player, Damien Torsney, a native of Drumahair, who is the current President of the famed Old Belvedere club in Dublin.
In his address, the President paid a special tribute to Jonathan Hill for his assistance in producing the booklet, to Joe Burgess for his help in the compilation, to renowned artist, Annie West, who designed the cover, and to Jeff Kay who designed the book.
He thanked all who contributed articles, including Connacht Rugby CEO, Gerry Kelly, George Hamlet on his reminiscenses of his lengthy involvement with Sligo RFC, Cyril Shaw on the relaunch of the club in 1957, Des Butler on the club’s development project, John Pender on juvenile rugby, John Davey on youth rugby, Brendan Leahy on senior rugby and Jean McConnell on tag rugby.
The President expressed deep gratitude to the three main club sponsors, Martin Reilly Motors and Managing Director, Martin Reilly, who sponsor Senior rugby, Miximo, and its Managing Director, Jonathan Hill, who sponsor the Youth rugby section, and the Glasshouse Hotel, and its Managing Director, Michael O’Hehir, who sponsor the Juvenile rugby section. He also paid warm tributes to the club’s supporting sponsors, Davey Motors, Calry, Raftery and Co. Chartered Accountants, Burton St., Kevinsfort Ltd., Bree’s Bar, Strandhill, the Mespil Hotel, Dublin 4, Taiaha Sports, JDK Design, The Square, Tubbercurry, A.C.C. Bank, A.I.B., Bank Of Ireland, Anglo Irish Bank, and McCormack Fuels Ltd.
He expressed his appreciation of all advertisers in the Yearbook, and exhorted all members and friends of Sligo rugby to support our sponsors and advertisers. The President concluded by thanking the Glasshouse Hotel, and its General Manager, Roisin Buckley, for hosting the event, and for the beautiful food served on the evening.