Join Us for "An Evening About Mental Health" at Summerhill College

Date: Friday, May 24th, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Summerhill College, Sligo, F91 D5YF

Admission: Free


In memory of Red Óg Murphy, a talented footballer and student teacher from Curry, Co Sligo, who tragically died by suicide in April 2022, the Murphy family is organizing a special event to promote mental health awareness. This evening aims to foster open conversations about mental health, particularly among young people, and provide hope and support to those who need it.

Event Highlights:

Why Attend?

This evening promises to be insightful and supportive, with a panel of distinguished speakers sharing their mental health journeys, particularly within the realm of high-level sports. Whether you are a young person involved in sports, a parent, or anyone interested in mental health, this event is designed to resonate with and benefit you.

Event Details:

Who Should Attend?

How to Join:

The event is free of charge, and everyone is welcome. Join us in making mental health a priority and honoring the memory of Red Óg Murphy. Your presence can make a difference.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information and updates, scan the QR code on the poster or visit the Summerhill website here.

Sligo Rugby Club is rallying to support their head coach, Paddy Pearson, whose brother Mark is battling stage four lung cancer in New Zealand. Paddy, a key figure in Sligo since 2008, has led the team as head coach for three years. His nephew, Ken Pearson, also played for Sligo before returning to New Zealand when Mark was diagnosed with a rare lung cancer mutation, ALK.

Sligo Rugby Club is hosting a fundraising night on Friday, May 24 ‘Sligo Rugby Virtual Race Night’. The event, organised by the Men's senior team, is free to enter and features nine virtual races sponsored by local businesses and music by The Pound Street Boys. Doors open at 7 pm, with races starting at 8 pm.

Senior Men's team manager Ross O’Boyle emphasised the club's dedication to supporting Paddy and his family. The community's support is crucial in helping alleviate the financial burden on the Pearson family during this challenging time.

All proceeds go to Mark Pearson Fund and Sligo Rugby Club.

Sligo Rugby is “Inspiring Generations” with launch of its five year Strategic Plan

Sligo Rugby has launched its Strategic Plan 2024-2028, ‘Inspiring Generations’ today [Wednesday 1 May] at its Clubhouse at Hamilton Park in Strandhill. Founded in 1890, the Club’s Vision: Inspiring generations, focuses on continuing to develop as a strong community club as well as becoming a beacon of rugby excellence and high performance within the province.
The Club’s Strategy aims to focus on Growth, Retention and Achievement with an emphasis on enhancing player skills and high performance at U16 upwards. The Club plans to attract more players into its Mini’s, juvenile, youth and senior men’s and women’s teams and it will conduct a big recruitment drive ahead of the next season.

Today it has over 750 members and 21 teams, across all age groups, boasting honours at provincial and national levels. Its Senior Men’s team compete in the All-Ireland League Division 2B, narrowly losing promotion to Division 2A at its recent playoff.

President of Sligo Rugby, Rory Raftery, said, “We are very excited to launch our five year strategy and move into a new phase of growth for Sligo Rugby. I encourage all our members to get involved in new and existing Club roles designed to help us achieve our goals over the life-time of the strategy. There are many areas of interest that parents and non-playing members can take up.”

“We invite parents and guardians to encourage their children to join our club next season. No experience is necessary. Rugby is a fantastic team sport for children and young people where valuable physical and life skills are learned. Lifelong friendships are also made and many of our members are involved in the Club long after they have stopped playing.”

President of Connacht Rugby, Michael O’Hehir, and Director of Football with Sligo Rugby, said, “I am very proud today to see Sligo Rugby build on the proud success of its past and move forward with an ambitious plan for growth and development for the next five years. Connacht Rugby is fully behind these efforts and it will continue to support the Club to achieve its goals.”

The Club has also published its Values which include Respect, Inclusion, Community and Excellence. Sligo Rugby has a long and proud history of promotion and achievement in Girls’ rugby, continuing now with its Women’s team that is always open to new membership. It aims to be an exemplar of equality in its organisation and decision-making structures.

The Sligo Rugby Strategic Plan 2024-2028 is built on a number of pillars including coach development, player performance and retention, and attracting its large membership into new volunteering roles.

View the Sligo Rugby Strategic Plan 2024-2028 here.

Despite Poland's tough start to the Rugby Europe Championship, Sligo Rugby's Jakub "Kuba" Wojtkowicz has earned him recognition as one of the standout players in the early rounds of the championship.

Sligo Rugbys Jakub "Kuba" Wojtkowicz playing for Poland

Rugby Europe noted his exceptional play in the scrum, where at loosehead he has forced three penalties against opponents, showing his scrummaging prowess.

In open play, Kuba has also made a significant defensive impact, completing 24 tackles, ranking him third among all props in the tournament.

As Poland continue in the tournament, Kuba's role remains crucial, and all of us at Sligo Rugby extend our best wishes for his success against the Netherlands in the Ranking Semi-Final.

Sligo Rugby Club are thrilled to unveil a groundbreaking collaboration with High School Old Boys from Christchurch, New Zealand, founded in 1901. HSOB boasts a storied history and a strong legacy in rugby. Over the years, they have produced several notable players who have left a lasting impact on the sport. Among their past famous players are legends such as Dan Carter, Andrew Mehrtens, Justin Marshall, Rueben Thorne, Aaron Maguer to name but a few - all of whom have achieved global recognition for their contributions to rugby.

Sligo boasts a rich history intertwined with the High School Old Boys, affectionately known as "The Polar Bears." Notably, Billy Leahy and Jason East have graced the Christchurch team's ranks, while in reciprocity, Paddy Pearson, Jamie Livingstone, and Calum Goddard have all donned the Sligo jersey. Presently, Paddy a former player and captain serves as our Head Coach, while Calum Goddard recently achieved a milestone, becoming only the fourth player in our history to reach 100 AIL appearances. We are very proud of what Paddy and Calum continue to achieve for our club.

This partnership aims to bolster player and coach development and propel the growth of both esteemed rugby clubs by the following methods:

  1. Player and Coaching Exchanges: Experience cross-cultural immersion, skill refinement, and knowledge transfer through short-term exchanges focused on specific skill areas and cultural appreciation.
  2. Resource Sharing: Benefit from coaching workshops, access to training resources, and performance analysis insights to elevate player development and performance evaluation.
  3. Shared Virtual Clinics for Coaches: Engage in regular webinars, interactive Q&A sessions, and remote mentorship to continuously enhance coaching expertise.

"This partnership is now live, and our first player has arrived on New Zealand soil. Pictured above on the left is Conor Creaven, a former cup-winning captain of Sligo Grammar School, who made his senior debut for Sligo Rugby Club this season. Alongside him is our senior team manager, Ross O’Boyle who helped put this high-performance partnership together, alongside former Sligo Rugby Captain and Kiwi native, Jamie Livingstone and our head coach Paddy Pearson.

This presents a fantastic opportunity for Conor, a highly promising young player who has previously represented Connacht at underage levels. Undoubtedly, he will return to Sligo as a more accomplished player, enriched with invaluable life experiences.

On the right is Luke Timms, HSOB Prop, alongside Patrick Pearson, our Head Coach, who coincidentally was on holiday during the launch of this initiative! Also present was Joff Maor, Head Coach of HSOB, welcoming Conor Creaven just in time for preseason."

Luke Timms will be going in the opposite direction and heading to Strandhill for the 24/25 Season.

Sligo RFC 23
Dolphin RFC 0

Round 13 of the 2023/24 Energia All Ireland League Division 2B saw Porter Ford sponsored Sligo RFC welcome Cork City based Dolphin RFC to Hamilton Park on Saturday.

Sligo were looking to continue their recent run of form, by making it three wins in a row and galvanizing their challenge for fourth position in the league to secure a spot in the promotion play offs.

With the visitors providing a strong challenge, particularly in the all-important front row positions where they held a significant size advantage, Sligo had to use all their rugby smarts to overcome the opposition and to their credit ran out comfortable winners in the end.

In Horse Racing terms the track would be described as ‘Yielding’ as the teams lined up for the kick off.

Dolphin kicked off playing towards the mountain end and immediately looked to bring their massive ball carriers into play and the Sligo defence had to withstand a sustained onslaught for the opening quarter.

Sligo eventually lifted the siege and began to impose their more expansive game on the visitors. A Julian Leszczynski penalty from the 10-metre line opened the scoring after 30 mins but the scorekeeper remained untroubled for the remainder of the half.

Following the resumption Sligo lifted the tempo and struck a telling blow with only 3 minutes of the half gone. Euan Brown collected an attempted clearance outside the visitors 22 and countered back into the 22. James O’Hehir carried hard into the defence ably supported by Tom Gormley and Archie Maclean. From the ruck Brendan Cunningham moved the ball left to Leszczynski. The outhalf fed Ryan Feehily who put in a delicate chip to the edge in front of the onrushing Philip Carter. Carter brilliantly held off the challenge of the defender and managed to flick the ball back inside to the supporting Ethan Faitua who crashed over for the try.

Sligo continued to press and moved the score to 11-0 with a second Leszczynski penalty on 50 mins.

The visitors were now struggling with the Sligo tempo and some fine expansive play brought Sligo from their 22 to inside the Dolphin 10 metre line. Cunningham switched play back to the right and a perfectly timed run from Hooker Ben Hynes split the defence outside the 22. Hynes kept going and pinballed his way through two defenders before touching down at the left post. Leszczynski added the extras and Sligo were 18 points clear.

Sligo’s third try came with 13 minutes remaining. From a 5-metre scrum on the left-hand side. Ambrose Bamber fed Cunningham who moved the ball infield. Feehily and Leszczynski combined cleverly to give Brown space to time his pass to allow Finn Bamber to race in at the right corner to seal the win for Sligo.

The Yeats men went hunting for the bonus point score but to the credit of the visitors they refused to buckle and played to the final whistle denying Sligo the fourth try.

Sligo now sit comfortably in the playoff position with a nine point gap beneath them to their nearest rivals Rainey RFC. Coaches Paddy Pearson and Jarlath Naughton will be delighted with the form their team are showing and in particular with players such as Brian West who is playing his best rugby ever and Captain Matthew Earley who has more than filled the gap at Prop forward in the absence of Kuba Wojtkowicz who is away on international duty with the Polish national squad. Gary Duffy also made a welcome return to the squad following a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury.

Next for Sligo is a trip across the country to lock horns with Malahide RFC . The match kicks off at Estuary Road at 2:30 next Saturday.

Sligo; Euan Brown, Finn Bamber, Ethan Faitaua, Ryan Feehily, Philip Carter, Julian Leszczynski , Brendan Cunningham, Matthew Earley, Ben Hynes, Tom Gormley, Archie Maclean, Gary Duffy, Brian West, James O’Hehir, Ambrose Bamber. Reps, Eoghan Lang, Aidan Healy, Ciaran Cummins, Daire Byrne, Cathal Finneran.

Sligo County Council recently announced the launch of an exciting new initiative - the Co. Sligo Rugby Development Programme. This groundbreaking collaboration between the Council and Connacht Rugby aims to grow and develop rugby across the county and provide pathways for young talent.

The launch event on 29th January at Sligo County Hall welcomed the new Co. Sligo Rugby Development Officer, Ross Mannion, who will play a key role in advancing the sport across the county. Ross brings a wealth of expertise and passion that will inspire and nurture our youth. His efforts to build partnerships and promote rugby at all levels will ensure every young athlete in Sligo has the opportunity to thrive in the sport.

The programme underscores Sligo's commitment to developing rugby and harnessing its many benefits - from fitness and skills to camaraderie and a sense of belonging. Huge credit is due to our existing coaches, volunteers and players who have laid the foundations.

In his role as Rugby Development Officer, Ross will play a pivotal role in nurturing and advancing the sport within our county. This position holds tremendous responsibility as it serves as a catalyst for developing talent, fostering teamwork, and instilling the core values of rugby in the hearts of our young athletes.

In attendance at the launch event were Joe Gorham, Head of Rugby Development with Connacht Rugby, Rory Raftery, President of Sligo Rugby, Tom Nielsen, Chairperson of Sligo Rugby, Lyndon Jones, Rugby Participation Manager with Connacht Rugby, Councillor Michael Clarke, Councillor Thomas Walsh, Chief Executive Martin Lydon, Director of Services Dorothy Clarke and Emer Concannon, Deirdre Lavin, Sligo Sports and Recreation and Ross Mannion, newly appointed Co. Sligo Rugby Development Officer.

Join us in the club Six Nations Fantasy League!

Hoping this league will add an extra bit of excitement throughout the
competition.

An entry fee of €10 per team is required. The money will go into a pot with funds split between prizes, bus costs and U16 Boys Tour to London. Once final numbers are in prizes will be confirmed.

  1. Payment Link (payment must be made before Round 2 – Sat Feb 10 th )
  2. Join the league here

League Name : Sligo Rugby 2024
League No. 111246
Password: LEQSX

Thanks for taking part and Best of Luck!

Join us as we sit down with Sligo Rugby legend Cal Goddard to chat about his amazing achievement of 100 AIL caps for the club. Cal reflects on his journey from Christchurch to the west of Ireland, his standout memories playing for Sligo, and his hopes for the upcoming Malahide game and the rest of the season!

 

Sligo Rugby U-13 youth team played their first match of season on Saturday, away to a strong Corinthians squad in Galway. This was the first 15 a-side match for team as they enter the youth structure.

The boys played two different Corinthians teams, one in each half and put in a hard days work. They were a credit to their club on the road and polished off their trip to Galway with a well earned visit to Supermacs. #One Proud Club!

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