Sligo Rugby are thrilled to partner with Overstock in a sponsorship deal involving our senior women’s team.

Overstock’s European headquarters are located in Sligo and the company continues to expand its operations here in R&D, analytics and machine learning projects.

Braving the weather recently at the Rugby Club were, Lucia Macari, Director of Operations; Emma Cullen, Sligo Women’s team captain and number 8, Aisling Feely, tighthead prop and Orla Evans, team hooker.

Also pictured is Sligo Men’s front row Kuba Wojtkowicz, a software engineer at Overstock, Club President, Jean McConnell and Club Chairman, Tom Nielsen.

Director of Operations, Lucia Macari, said “Overstock are delighted to partner with Sligo rugby and in particular the women’s team. Just as women’s rugby goes from strength to strength, Overstock Ireland continues to grow, recruiting software engineers and specialists in data science, analytics and machine learning. We know that the fantastic sporting and recreational amenities in the locality, allied with the great career opportunities we offer, makes a move to work in our Sligo offices very appealing.”

Club President, Jean McConnell welcomed the sponsorship deal and spoke of the remarkable progress of girl’s and women’s rugby in Sligo and the opportunities offered by Overstock.

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Heffernan Park, Ballina played host last Sunday to the final of the Women’s 10-a-side Connacht Invitational Plate. Having won the Invitational Shield the previous season, the Sligo outfit were determined to go one better and secure the Connacht Plate this year.

The torrential rain of the morning had passed, and the game was played in the winter sunshine on the large 5G pitch. Westport RFC got off to the better start, scoring a try with the opening passage of play. Sligo were unperturbed and had a swift reply from the restart with Aisling Feely running 80m to dot down under the posts and level the scores. Westport hit a purple patch, scoring an additional two tries and a conversion without reply until Sligo’s Emma Cox made another of her trademark, sweeping runs to claw back another 5 points and reduce the gap to 7 points at the half time whistle.

Coach Jamie Bowes’ halftime pep talk inspired a storming performance from his charges and Sligo came out all guns blazing. Their defence remained rock solid as the team grew in confidence and determination, their tactical kicking provided a platform for a relentless attack. Sligo’s captain Emma Cullen lead from the front, her first try reduced the difference to a mere two points. Sophie Kinghan gave a Player of the Match performance at outhalf and added a try of her own to put Sligo ahead for the first time in the game.

A real game of two halves, Sligo produced a real team performance, with every member of the matchday squad running with conviction and showing good hands. A second try for Emma Cullen was the result of total domination in the corridor of power, followed by a quick spinning wide of the ball.  Strong rucking from Sligo continued to secure possession and it wasn’t long before Cliodhna O’Sullivan burst through the Westport defence to score Sligo’s sixth try.  Strong running from a determined Victoria Lee clocked up another score out wide. The final play of the game gave newcomer Rachel Enright the chance to power over the whitewash and score the eighth and final try of the game.

 The Connacht Invitational Plate was presented to Emma Cullen, captain of the Sligo Women’s team by Liz Brady, Head of Women’s Rugby in Connacht and President of Westport.

Sunday 4th December sees a return to the Connacht Women’s League when Corrib RFC come to visit. The match is currently scheduled for 1pm in Hamilton Park. Sligo Rugby hope to continue their unbeaten run in the league and remain at the top of the table.

Sligo: Aisling Feely (1 try), Rachel Dolan, Emma Cullen (C) (2 tries), Joanne Williams, Victoria Lee (1 try), Cliodhna O’Sullivan (1 try), Hannah Walsh-Kerins, Emma Cox (1 try), Sophie Kinghan (1 try), Jessica McGuinness, Rachel McPartlin, Sarah Woodmartin, Michaela Watts, Jenny Cregg, Rachel Enright (1 try)

Caption – women’s team

Front row L-R: Jamie Bowes (Head Coach), Rachel McPartlin, Emma Cox, Pippin (mascot), Joanne Williams, Emma Cullen (Captain), Sarah Woodmartin, Hannah Walsh-Kerins
Back row L-R: Jean Mc Connell (President Sligo Rugby), Cathy Benson (Mamager), Michaela Watts, Aisling Feely, Sophie Kinghan, Victoria Lee, Rachel Dolan, Cliodhna O’Sullivan, Jenny Cregg, Rachel Enright, Jessica Mc Guinness, Padraic Morgan (Manager)

Sligo Tag has come to an end after another successful run.

A total of 16 teams took part this year - lots of new & old faces.

Sligo RFC would like to thank the Sligo Tag organisers Brian Kelly & Eva Hamilton, the team of referees, led by Shane Toolan, and club volunteers Niall, Pat & Jean, who all ensured the smooth running of another summer of tag.

See you all next year in 2023!

Sligo RFC U17 players were part of the Connacht squad who beat Munster U17 Clubs 12-7 in Creggs RFC


L-R Eamon Keane, Clyde Regan, Jordan Haven, Ronan O'Connor, Jack Draper, Mark Tempany

Connacht Rugby Club & Community

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Sligo RFC U17 players who were part of the Connacht squad who beat Munster U17 Clubs 12-7 in Creggs RFC #oneproudclub L-R Eamon Keane, Clyde Regan, Jordan Haven, Ronan O'Connor, Jack Draper, Mark Tempany Connacht Rugby Club & Community

KEY POINTS FOR PARENTS - As detailed in our new Sligo Way Document

The Sligo RFC club is led, and substantially run, by volunteers

Parents are encouraged to join the club and you will see from available membership that there
are discounts for additional siblings and family options.

Parents are asked to support the coaches in assisting with administration, umpiring,
distribution of equipment, jersey washing, first aid, etc. As a voluntary organisation, every
assistance should be given to allow mentors spend maximum time on coaching rather than

Parents/guardians are solely responsible for ensuring that players are safely escorted INTO and
ONTO playing grounds for training and matches (and collected from within the grounds
thereafter) unless other specific arrangements are made with parents, i.e. players being
collected and travelling to matches. Mentors should make this point very clear to
ALL parents
either in person, by text or by email.

Parents/guardians must always show respect to referees, match officials and mentors.

At younger ages, Sligo RFC as a club are keen to ensure that the principles of skills development,
participation and enjoyment are central. Please focus on your child’s enjoyment, effort, and skills
development. The result is not important. The club on occasion organises workdays where club
members come together to clean up at the club’s facilities. All help is appreciated.
As outlined in the booklet the club aspires to the highest standards on and off the pitch and our goal
is to build a lifelong love of rugby in a safe and supporting environment. Please support the club in
whatever way you can but always in a sporting and respectful manner. This booklet has details of the
club’s relevant committees and structures and there is always someone available if there is an issue
to be discussed.

Congratulations to U14 playerJessica Reynolds who has just won the 2022 Connacht Junior Girls Championship at Castle Dargan Golf Club.

Jessica, a member of the County Sligo Golf Club in Rosses Point, finished three shots clear of the rest of the field after the competition’s two rounds of strokeplay.
Well done Jessica - Simply MNÁSOME

Sligo RFC wins ARCB Club of the Year

Charlie Bourke, president of the Association of Rugby Referees Connacht Branch, presents the award to the Junior Vice President, Sligo’s John Davey

The award is given to the Connacht club which the referees deem the most hospitable to visit, obliging, with clean changing room, co-operative with tech zones, good on-field discipline, and in general, a club that referees are happy to return to.

Sligo RFC is proud to have won this prestigious award and would like to thank the ARCB for their continued hard work and dedication to rugby in Connacht.

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