FOSF 23rd Dec 2010
Friends of Sligo Football

Congratulations to Cyril Feehily on his election as Chairman of the Sligo County Executive and Richard
Brennan, new Vice chairman and the other officers elected at the recent convention. Firstly we applaud
these people, who take on these onerous responsibilities on a voluntary basis and give freely of their
time. It is a big sacrifice for them and their families and we appreciate their efforts. Our incoming chairman
takes over at an exciting time. His predecessor, John Murphy, left the county in a good state with a record
number of national titles and the finances in a good state, a fine completed Markievicz Park and a coaching
structure, under the expert guidance of Liam Og Gormley, which is the envy of many counties. The big
challenges facing us now are building on the progress of our county teams, the realisation of underage
provincial and hopefully National success and in particular the completion of the Centre of Excellence.
Great work has already been done on this and bringing the project to a speedy conclusion must be the
ultimate goal.
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This week we again extend good wishes to another former Sligo footballer, Christy Murphy who retired from
an Garda Siochana. Christy had a lifetime immersed in the GA as a club and County player and later as a
dedicated club and County supporter, which no doubt will continue. He played with his brother, Barnes and
in recent years his own sons have represented Sligo with James winning an All Ireland medal with Sligo
Juniors in Galway this year. Christy played 8 championship games with Sligo (pre back door era) with his
first game against Roscommon on 19 June 1977 and his last against Leitrim 11th June 1984 and he also
played many League matches
We extend sincere sympathy to the family of the late Frank Kelly and to Castleconnor GAA club. He

was a great GAA man as a player, manager, Administrator and generally the man to get things done
in the community.

We take this opportunity to remember the many friends of Sligo GAA and community people , who died
in the past year and will be severely missed by their families and friends particularly at this time of the
year. We thank the people, who promote our games and culture whether as a player, Manager, mentor,
Administrator or the person, who lines the pitch , “mans” the gate washes the jerseys etc – they all do
important jobs.
We wish to thank all who supported us and in particular Leo Gray and the staff of the Sligo Champion over
the year.
We wish all our supporters and all involved in GAA affairs in Sligo a very Happy Christmas and continued
success in 2011


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