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!

Are you looking for a fun and social way to get fit? Look no further than the Laya Tag Rugby Series! We're excited to announce that the 2023 edition of the series is now open for registration.

With leagues available for both beginners and non-beginners, there's a place for everyone in this series. Not only is it a great way to get active, but it's also an opportunity to make new friends!

The series kicks off on May 25th, so don't wait to sign up.

 

Over the past decade there has been a trend in rugby to move away from acronyms to simpler branding:

IRFU -> Irish Rugby
RFU -> England Rugby
IRB -> World Rugby

The reason behind all of those separate rebranding is to reach people who aren't familiar with rugby acronyms, and help the game to grow beyond the traditional fan base.

We are going to follow suit with a minor tweak of our brand on social media, referring to the club as "Sligo Rugby", and using the handle "@SligoRugby" on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We'll also be using the SligoRugby.ie domain.

This change will help us to grow our audience and reach more people.

Sligo Senior Women's XV travelled to Galway on Sunday to take on Galwegians 2nd XV in the Connacht Senior League. 

The teams eventually shared the spoils in a very well contested affair, finishing 17-17.

Sligo started well, and their efforts were rewarded when scrum-half Laura McIntyre tapped a quick penalty to touch down for the opening score. 

Sophie Kinghan doubled the lead soon after when she outpaced the home defence to run on to a well placed kick from Cliodhna O' Sullivan. Galwegians responded with a try before Emma Cox crossed for Sligo's third score, following dominant play from the forwards. Emma duly converted her try, with a fantastic effort. 

Womens Senior League vs Galwegians

The second half saw the host pile on the pressure, to eventually level the game with five minutes remaining. Sligo finished as they started, in the opposition's half but could not manufacture a winning score. 

A well deserved draw sees the women get their league campaign back on track, with a home tie against University Galway to come this weekend.

On one of the saddest occasions for Sligo Rugby Club, we take a moment to remember our great friend and true club legend Aidan ‘Bucks’ Buckley.

Bucks moved to Sligo in 1976 taking up a role as part of the senior management team in Abbott Ireland, opening the new plant in Ballytivnan. He immediately connected with Sligo Rugby Club.

Having played in the front row in school in Cork, and with his home club Cobh Pirates before moving to Dublin where he played with both Lansdowne RFC and Skerries RFC, his knowledge and enthusiasm was welcomed with open arms in Sligo, particularly by his soon to be close friends George Draper and Brian Mullan. Aidan also developed a close relationship with the late George Hamlet, whom he devoted a lot of time to caring for in Georges’ final years. Following the founding of Polar West by Aidan together with Declan Kelly in Gurteen — which subsequently became ‘Donegal Catch’ — George fondly referred to Bucks as ‘Fish Fingers’. Bucks worked on the committee at Sligo RFC for a number of years before taking over the President’s chair for the first time in the 1982-83 season.

Always striving to develop and grow the club, Bucks was again appointed President in the 1991 season and this time remained in the role for 3 seasons. This was a hugely important period for the club as it included Sligo’s first foray into All Ireland League rugby, which was a massive step up for the club, both on and off the field.

During this period Bucks put in trojan work to get the club up to the highest possible standard and always represented the club with the style and class he was so well known for. At this time he also oversaw the initiation of the first women's rugby team in Sligo and will be dearly remembered by the women who pioneered the women's game in Sligo, whom he supported with great pride.

It is the aim of every President to leave the club in a better place at the end of their tenure then it was at the beginning and there is no doubt that Bucks fulfilled that target with much to spare.

In the subsequent years Bucks took on the role of Football Chairman where he worked closely with another club stalwart and close friend Vinnie O’Brien, who had stepped into the role of Club Chairman. Bucks, as was always his way, took the role head on and his work in the position earned him the honour of Club Person of the Year in the 2002/2003 season.

IRFU President visits Sligo RFC - January 31st, 2010
Backrow (L-R): Michael O'Hehir, Brian Mullan, Conor Frazer, Des Butler, Joe Burgess, John Callaghan - President IRFU, Brendan Leahy - President Sligo RFC, Steven Cunningham - President CBIRFU, Damien Heaslip.
Frontrow (L-R): Tom Gilligan, George Draper, Joe Coulter, Aidan Buckley, Michael Storey. 

A wonderful element of Bucks’ character was his caring nature. Overseas players such as Nigel Morgan, Simon Galvan and Paddy Pearson were all grateful recipients of Bucks’ and his wife Brenda’s hospitality and the loyalty to the club shown by those men is a testament to the way that they were looked after on their arrival in Sligo.

Bucks also gave huge support to the McCoy family on the untimely passing of their son Damian during a match for Sligo, selflessly opening his home to the McCoy family. The O’Hehir family will also be eternally grateful for the care and support Bucks gave to Eddie during his period of illness and passing.

Up to recent times, until health issues unfortunately curtailed his activities, Bucks loved nothing better than meeting his fellow Alickadoos for coffee on a Friday before heading off on the ‘Magic Bus’ to whatever match was being played on the weekend, where he always gave important words of encouragement for the team and management no matter what the result was on the day.

With Bucks’ daughter Róisín now continuing his great legacy in her role as club secretary, he can rest easy knowing that his beloved club is in good hands.

Sligo RFC has lost a friend, a father figure, an ambassador and a true gentleman with natural class that doesn’t come around too often. You will be sadly missed Bucks!

L-R: Ricardo Gambi-Wheelan, James McGettrickCillian O’Neil, Connor VanRensburg, Kamsi Mojekwu ,Roghan O’Neill, Jake Laws, Patrick Brady, Andrew Ryan , Jacob Norris, William Draper
L-R: Ricardo Gambi-Wheelan, James McGettrick, Cillian O’Neil, Connor VanRensburg, Kamsi Mojekwu, Roghan O’Neill, Jake Laws, Patrick Brady, Andrew Ryan , Jacob Norris, William Draper

Sligo were well represented in the U16 Boys Connacht Regional PTS (Provincial Talent Squad) match in Ballina on Friday 30th Dec.

We had 11 players in the squad from last year's U15 Connacht Cup & League winners.

Sligo Rugby 40

Westport RFC 17

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)

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