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Results of the latest Sligo Rovers draw of the €500 Club:
€500 - Tom Brooks, 80 Knappagh Road, Sligo
€100 - Catherine Spellman, 57 Treacy Avenue, Sligo
          Marty Oates, c/o Trio Foods, Ballinode, Sligo
          Michael Mooney, Maugheraboy, Sligo
          Stephen Devaney, Kiltycahil, Calry, Co. Sligo
          Domhall McLaughlin, Fawn, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim
€50 - Sean Tansey, Gurteen Cross, Co. Sligo
        Robert Fitzpatrick, 10 Ceol na Mara, Rosses Point
        Trevor Cawley, 51 St. Edward's Terrace, Sligo
        Lorna Goulden, Ballinacarrow, Sligo
        Abbey Frozen Foods, Cleveragh Industrial Estate, Sligo


Young Maguire wins Sligo Stages Rally

Winners of Quinn Body Repairs / Sligo Park Hotel - Stages Rally 2012 Shane Maguire and Martin Mc Garrity on the finish ramp at Sligo Park Hotel.
Putting another Maguire name in the Sligo Stages Rally history books ,following in the footsteps of his father, Shane Maguire with navigator Martin Mc Garrity claimed first overall on the finish ramp outside the Sligo Park Hotel on Saturday evening.

The mishap of The Bustard brothers Kenny and Trevor on stage 8 while holding a ten second lead presented the Monaghan crew with the Quinn Body Repairs / Sligo Park Hotel – Stages Rally 2012 title , following a closely fought battle throughout the day.

Second place finish for veteran Pat Kirk and Peter Ward was also sweet as Pat had fought his way back up the leaderboard having slipped back on the opening loop.

Coming in in third spot, local crew and sponsor of the Border Championship, Andrew Mullen and Elaine Doherty ,adding another great result to their run in the previous Border round in Newry.

Irla Carty and Joe Whyte picked up the Historic Award in the Mini, and the Junior Class was won by Fintan Sherry and Sean Sherry.

1st Shane Maguire / Martin Mc Garrity 1.09.59

2nd Pat Kirk / Peter Ward 1.11.51

3rd Andrew Mullen/ Elaine Doherty 1.12.15

Season in full swing for athletes at all levels

Sligo Triathlon Club
members are competing the length and breadth the country and further afield. Saturday saw club member  Eamon McAndrew  winning the Ballina Salmon Run Sprint Triathlon, in his home town.   Four members travelled to German for the Roth Ironman Triathlon.  This was hot on the heels of another group who headed to Austria the previous weekend for a similar race.  The water was so warm (24degrees) that wetsuits were banned.  As a comparison, water temperature in Rosses Point is about 13 degrees at the moment.  Competitors took part in events in Galway and Mullingar too. This weekend.

Nearer home, 40 club members are poised to take part in the ‘Warrior of the Sea’ race on this Saturday.  It is a 6km sea swim between Rosses Point and Strandhill which takes place for the third year.  Over 120 entries are expected for this challenging event.

Excitement is mounting for the Triathlon Festival in Rosses Point running over the August Bank Holiday, a fun family affair, you can get more details on  www.sligotriathlon.ie


Sports Scholarships Scheme at IT Sligo

Ione Byrne from Templeboy, Co Sligo  is a surfing Sport Scholarship recipient at IT Sligo. She won a Gold Medal for the Institute in the Women’s Long Board category at this year’s National Student Surfing Intervarsities in Strandhill.

IT Sligo has announced that it is allocating €50,000 under its Sports Scholarships Scheme in a bid to continue its tradition of encouraging excellence in a wide variety of sports.

The deadline for applications for the 2012/2013 academic year is September 28th, 2012.
Read more HERE


Sligo Rovers will face FC Spartak Trnava in the second round of Europa League qualifying.

The Bit o’ Red will be away from home in the first leg, before a return game in The Showgrounds.

The ties will take place on 19 and 26 July.

Manager Ian Baraclough said: “They are really going to test us. They look a very good side. Obviously I’m going to try to do as much research as possible in the build-up to the game. They’ve had plenty of experience in Europe and a lot more success than us but sometimes that isn’t always a deciding factor.

“It is something we will relish and another challenge for the club that we’re all looking forward to. We will be the underdog, but it is a chance to try to create a small bit of history and improve our record in European competitions.”

There are 1,200 tickets already sold for the home leg on 26 July. They will continue to be on sale in the Showgrounds every day this week from 11am to 6pm. It is hoped the match will mark a record attendance for an all-seater game in The Showgrounds.

Tickets cost €25 for adults and €10 for U-16's.


Sligo Stages Rally 2012
:The official launch of the Quinn Body Repairs – Sligo Park hotel / Rally 2012 (Saturday July 7th) took place on Thursday evening, pictured top right, last amidst a large gathering including the organising committee, the rally sponsors, local public representatives and members of the media, on the grounds of Sligo Park Hotel. Read more....


Some photographs from the 'White-Collar' Boxing night at the Radisson Blu Hotel can be seen in the Photo Section HERE


See Latest Sligo GAA results HERE

Europa league tickets

Tickets for Sligo Rovers upcoming Europa League home fixture will be sale in the Showgrounds today and everyday this week from 11am to 7pm each day. Tickets cost €25 for adults and €10 for U-16's.
The game is to be played on either the 19th or 26th July and the draw for the second qualifying round of the Europa League is on Monday 25th June.
Also tickets remain on sale for Sligo Rovers Annual Draw which is one of the club's key fundraiser and the top prize is a holiday for two to Florida for two weeks with flights, accomodation and car hire all included. Tickets cost €10 and ticket sellers will be going around Rosses Point, Ballincar and Sligo City tonight. All support is greatly appreciated.


Sligo City Marathon

Sligo's first City Marathon and Half Marathon in over 30 years will start at 9am on Saturday 15 September.

The Event is being run by "Wots Adventure", a Sligo based adventure sports event management group and are being kindly supported by the charity group "The Carers Association". A percentage of the proceeds made will be going towards this great charity.

The official launch of the event is on Thursday 7th June at 7pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo.

According to 'Wots', one of the main reasons for the event is to help promote Sligo and its businesses. A large scale sporting event such as a marathon will help bring a much needed boost to the local economy.

A spokesperson said, "We would like as many people, groups and businesses to benefit from this fantastic event and as such would invite anyone interested to contact us should they think their business could help out in any way. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved. The aim is to help promote business and as such most of these opportunities DO NOT involve sponsorship money."

Race Day Retail Village. This is free and open to any local business wishing to promote themselves or sell their wares. Just contact wotsadventure@gmail.com for further details.



Sligo Rovers 11-A-Side Astro Turf League Winners

The Sligo Rovers 11-A-Side Astro Turf League season came to a close last Tuesday night with the final of the Emmet O’Connor Memorial Cup as Abbott Ireland took on Durkin’s Pub. For both of these teams reaching the final was an achievement in itself as Abbott had finished bottom of Division One while Durkin’s had finished bottom of McCullagh Carpentry Division Two. Read More...


Sligo Yacht Club News

The sunny weather brought lovely sea breezes and the sailors out onto Sligo Bay this week. The GP14 fleet had fourteen boats out racing on Tuesday which is very good for the time of year. Normally the fleet isn’t fully active until well into June. Diarmaid Mullen returned to sailing and to the front of the fleet this week after an absence of a few years. Ruth Galbraith also returned to racing after a few weeks reacquainting herself with her boat. With a number of boats staying on shore due to work commitments it is promising to be a very busy year for the GP fleet.

The Optimist is making a resurgence in Sligo yacht Club. This small eight foot dinghy is sailed by children up to about 15 years of age. It was designed in 1947 and has been an important teaching boat since then. Indeed Timmy Corcoran, one of our most successful sailors, began sailing in an Optimist racing against Conal Henry. The Opti’s as they are known by, are rigged by parents and are towed around Deadman’s Point from which the young sailors learn how to sail their craft in games like follow the leader. Should you or your child wish to join them contact Mick Spain, or call down around 11:00am on Sunday morning.

Left: Sarah White(11) in an Optimist

The Mirror fleet are beginning to come out in bigger numbers as the school holidays have begun. They are going out with the GP fleet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Sunday afternoons. As the Irish Mirror Association’s Championship of Ireland is being held in Sligo this year, the more training and preparation you can have prior to the event the better.

The cruisers are continuing with their racing on Wednesday and Friday evenings and are preparing for the Northwest Offshore Racing Associations Championship which will be co-hosted by Mullaghmore Sailing Club, and Killybegs Sailing Club, with the first weekends sailing in Sligo. For more information go to our website www.sligoyachtclub.ie

Thanks to Declan Sheridan for this report