Updated: 02/06/17 : 06:47:45Printable Version
Wednesday June 7th at the Showgrounds Astro pitch the Sligo Traveller Support Group (STSG UTD) and Garda Siochana will compete for the honour of winning the inaugural Martin Mongan Memorial Shield.
The game has been organised in memory of the late Martin Mongan, pictured, who lost his life tragically in a road accident on October 30th 2014.
Martin’s role in STSG was that of Men’s Development worker in a paid capacity, and he volunteered in Loughan House Prison for 8 hours a week for 6 years prior to his untimely demise. His death was a tragic loss not only for his loved ones but also for both the Traveller population and all those he worked with.
The game takes place during national Traveller Pride Week and in the year that Traveller ethnicity was finally recognised by the Irish state, 1st March 2017. This is very fitting as Martin was very proud of his Traveller identity and heritage and it makes the game all the more important. Jamie Murphy the current Men’s Development Worker at STSG said, “I never personally had the privilege of meeting Martin but from talking with those who knew and worked with him I am well aware of the fantastic contribution he made not only to Travellers but to the wider community as a whole”.
STSG manager Bernadette Maughan added “We are delighted to be able to organise the Memorial Shield game for Martin. He is someone who is missed by us all everyday and we think this is another good way to help keep his memory alive. We are thankful to the Garda and Sligo Rovers for helping us organise the game.” The match kicks off at 8pm and all are very welcome to come and support. Tea/Coffee will be available afterwards.
For more information please contact the Sligo Traveller Support Group on 0719145780