London squeeze out senior hurlers to confirm relegation

Sligo’s senior hurlers will play in Division 3A of the National Hurling League next year after an agonising two point defeat to London in Carrickmore, Co Tyrone on Sunday last.

It was a game of nip and tuck from the throw in but after an initial exchange of three points each, London got what turned out to be the decisive score of the game after just nine minutes with a goal that opened a gap that Sligo were chasing but unable to overcome throughout the rest of the game.

Sligo outscored their opponents over the remainder of the first half to go in just two points down at the break – at 1-13 to 0-14 with last years’ Christy Ring Cup All Star attacker Andrew Kilcullen leading the way with 9 points. Eddie O’Donoghue and Tomás Cawley (two each) and Joe McHugh added scores for Sligo and it was all to play for at the break,

London quickly opened the scoring on the resumption but with Kilcullen leading the way and points also from the Hanniffy brothers – Conor and Diarmuid - Sligo continued to work the scoreboard and the sides were level at the half way point of the half at 22 points to London’s 1-19.

It looked like things might really go Sligo’s way when London’s Padraig Muldoon was shown a second yellow card, reducing his side to 14 men. His colleagues rallied however and got five of the next six scores to lead 1-24 to 0-23 with just three minutes on the clock.

Sligo refused to give up and Joe McHugh broke through to find the back of the net and make it a one point game as the end of normal point beckoned.

London dug in and moved the margin out to three again with two quick-fire points. Sligo played out to the last with Tomás Cawley pointing the final score of the game but it will be London playing in Div 2B again next year with Sligo contesting Division 3

Sligo; Luke Comerford; Darragh Cawley, Niall Feehily, Niall Kilcullen; Ronan Molloy, Rory McHugh, Kevin O’Kennedy; Fionn Connolly, Diarmuid Hanniffy (0-1); Conor Hanniffy (0-1), Eddie O’Donoghue (0-2), Fionn Moylan; Joe McHugh(1-1), Tomás Cawley (0-6), Andrew Kilcullen (0-14).

Last updated 29/03/2023 @ 01:35

U20 Hurlers go down to hot favourites Derry in All Ireland opener
Sligo's U20 hurlers came up against the competition's hot favourites on their home patch when drawn against Derry in the opening round of the U20 B Hurling championship which was played at Derry GAA's Owenbeg complex on Saturday.
Playing with a young team that are all underage next year, Sligo couldn't match the cohesion and firepower of the home side which ran out 5-21 to 2-9 victors.

Sligo; Seamus Foody; Niall Hallinan, Jaime Walsh, Lee Gilmartin; Marc Gray, Conor White, Oisín HennessyRobert O'Kelly Lynch (1-1), Cian Flynn (0-2); Ciarán Keenan (1-4, 1-2f, '65), Ryan Gillespie (0-1), Paul O'Brien; Thomas Davis, Donnchadh O'Brien, Darragh Flynn.  

Subs: Adam Rolston (0-1) for Hallinan (25 min), Jack Feeney for Gray (33 min),  Jack Byron for Gilmartin and Matthew Hunt for Gillespie (52 mins), Matthew Percy for Hennessey and Stephen Conway for White (both 53 mins)  Paul Ruane for D Flynn (58 min),  

Last updated 29/03/2023 @ 01:34

U20 hurling squad named for championship opener

Sligo U20 Hurling Manager Barry Keenan (Western Gaels) and his selectors Darragh Cox (Calry St Joseph's) and Niall Feehily (Naomh Eoin) have named the squad that will travel to Derry on Saturday next to take on the home side in the opening round of the All Ireland U20B hurling Championship - throw In 2.00pm.

Sligo didn't participate in this competition last year so Saturday’s game and none of the 2021 panel which exited this competition at the hands of the same opposition in 2021 are still eligible.

Three of the squad – the Western Gaels trio of Cian and Darragh Flynn and Lee Gilmartin – are part of the current Sligo senior squad.

A further eight players were part of Sligo's Celtic Challenge success at U17 level last year - Marc Gray of Calry St Joseph’s, Jack Feeney and Oisín Hennessey from Coolera Strandhill, Donnchadh O’Brien and Matthew Percy from Drumcliffe Rosses Point, Robert O’Kelly Lynch of Naomh Eoin, Conor White of Naomh Molaise Gaels and Ciaran Keenan from Western Gaels.

Donnchadh O'Brien, O'Kelly Lynch and Ryan Gillespie of Easkey were also on the Sligo minor football team last year and O'Brien, his namesake Paul O'Brien, O'Kelly Lynch and Jaime Walsh were part of the Summerhill College squad that recently contested the All Ireland colleges Senior A football final in Croke Park.

The Sligo squad to face Derry is

Evan Ballantine (Calry St Joseph’s), Jack Byron (Western Gaels), Stephen Conway (Easkey), Thomas Davis (Naomh Eoin), Jack Feeney (Coolera Strandhill) Cian Flynn, Darragh Flynn and Seamus Foody (all Western Gaels), Ryan Gillespie (Easkey), Lee Gilmartin (Western Gaels), Marc Gray (Calry St Joseph’s), Niall Hallinan (Western Gaels), Oisín Hennessy (Coolera Strandhill), Matthew Hunt (Calry St Joseph’s), Ciarán Keenan (Western Gaels), Donnchadh O’Brien and Paul O’Brien (both Drumcliffe Rosses Point), Robert O’Kelly Lynch (Naomh Eoin) Mathew Percy (Drumcliffe Rosses Point), Paul Ruane (Western Gaels), Jaime Walsh (Coolera Strandhill), Conor White (Naomh Molaise Gaels),

Last updated 24/03/2023 @ 03:24

Senior hurlers secure first league win

Sligo’s senior hurlers came up with the first win of their 2023 league campaign when they overcame Wicklow at a cold and wet Markievicz Park on Sunday last.

The five-point winning margin will give the team a boost as they face into a play-off against London this coming weekend to retain their Division 2B status.

Sligo’s victory was built around the free taking accuracy of Diarmuid Hanniffy and well as some clever play by the inside forward line who got critical scores at key times in the game to keep Wicklow at bay.

There was nothing between the sides in the first half as they struggled with the conditions and were never more than two points apart.

Sligo’s first four scores were off the hurl of free taker for the day Diarmuid Hanniffy with the sides scoring four each in the first 12 minutes.

Sligo had a gilt-edged chance to make the first decisive note of the day on 18 minutes when Liam O’Kelly Lynch was fouled by Wicklow goalkeeper Cian Staunton to concede a penalty. Staunton made amends by saving from Hanniffy only to see the referee order a retake. On the second occasion Rory McHugh took over as the striker but Staunton again deflected the shot to keep his net intact.

Tyrone kept the scoreboard ticking over adding three points that were matched by Sligo’s first points from play by Hanniffy, his brother Conor and the lively Eddie O’Donoghue who had his best game of the campaign so far to leave the sides level on seven points each going into half time,

Sligo however got the decisive break of the half just as the game turned past 35 minutes as Tomás Cawley finished to the net with aplomb after great set up play by O’Donoghue.

There was still time for a quick exchange of points with Joe McHugh on the mark for Sligo to give them a 1-8 to 0-8 half time lead.


Wicklow made a bustling start to the second half and managed the first three points to restore parity in the first ten minutes, Hanniffy picked up the mantle again however and converted a 65 after Staunton ion the Wicklow goal deflected a goal bound O’Donoghue shot past the post.

He added another from play before O’Donoghue pointed a free from 80 metres to restore the three-point advantage for Sligo ahead.

Wicklow pulled one point back and Sligo looked potentially to be on the back foot when midfielder Fionn Connolly picked up a second yellow card with 12 minutes to go.  O’Donoghue popped up for another point to restore the three-point advantage and then Diarmuid Hanniffy extended that to four with the score of the day finishing from 50 metres on the run from wide on the right after being teed up by a brilliant cross-field ball from Rory McHugh.

Joe McHugh got his second to extend that lead again with two minutes left on the clock and it proved to be the last score of the game. Sligo were further reduced hallway through those four minutes when Fionn Moylan picked up his second yellow but they held out comfortably to claim the full league points.


Sligo: Luke Comerford, Darragh Cawley, Gavin Connolly, Niall Kilcullen; Ruairi Brennan, Rory McHugh, Ronan Molloy; Fionn Connolly, Diarmuid Hanniffy (0-8, 5f 1 ‘65) ; Joe McHugh (0-2), Fionn Moylan, Conor Hanniffy (0-1); Tomás Cawley, Eddie O’Donoghue (0-3, 1f), Liam O’Kelly Lynch

Subs: Darragh Flynn for O’Donoghue and John Cosgrove for O’Kelly Lynch 66m, Donal Keavney for Brennan 68m.

Wicklow: Cian Staunton;  Dylan Byrne, Brian Kearney, Tommy Collins; Cian Lonan, Eoghan Byrne, Sam O’Dowd; Mark Murphy, Jack Doyle; Torna Mulconry, Gavin Weir (0-5, 1f, 1’65), Seanie Germaine; Andy O’Brien (0-3, 2f), Luke Evans (0-1), Mikey Lee (0-2).

Subs: Pádraig Doran for O’Dowd 22m, Eoin McCormack for Mulconry and Davy Maloney (0-1) for Lee HT, Diarmuid Masterson for Doyle, 50m, Pádraig Doyle for Weir, 56m

Last updated 24/03/2023 @ 03:18

Sligo senior hurlers still waiting for first 2023 league win
Sligo senior hurlers travelled to London hoping for the first win of this year's league campaign against the Exiles but came away empty handed again, losing out by five points in a well contested and at times tetchy encounter at McGovern Park in Ruislip on Saturday last.

The Yeats county went into the game having shot in excess of a dozen wides in each of their three previous games and will be relieved to have addressed that shortcoming in this encounter, notching 2-20, but will be equally frustrated at the concession of five goals which ultimately sank their challenge.

The visitors opened the scoring with an Andrew Kilcullen point followed soon afterwards by an excellent Eoin Comerford point from distance but the home side got their noses in front after five minute when they were awarded and converted a penalty to lead 1-1 to 0-2.  

Sligo dominated the next ten minutes and led 0-7 to 1-2 at the end of the first quarter with three frees from Kilcullen and a point each from Fionn Connolly and Conor Hanniffy.

London then hit a purple patch in a devasting six minute spell that altered the course of the game and from which Sligo never fully recovered. Ronan Crowley brought the sides level with two frees in quick succession and then David Barron got in for a goal followed by another point to which Crowley added a further free from distance to complete a seven point swing, 2-6 to 0-7.

Things went bad to worse for Sligo on 26 minutes with centre forward Eoin Comerford shown a straight red card. Crowley converted the resulting free with Niall Broderick adding another point straight from the puck-out to extend the lead to seven.

Sligo brought on Diarmuid Hanniffy in an attempt to reclaim some ground and he immediately set up Joe McHugh for Sligo's first score in almost 15 minutes but that was quickly overtaken by a Jack Goulding goal for London to leave the scores at 3-9 to 0-8 as normal time in the first half elapsed.

Sligo made good use of the two minutes added time with Conor Hanniffy making a great run through the middle to find the net, a score sandwiched between two further Kilcullen points to leave the half time score at 3-9 to 1-10 in favour of the hosts - a five point gap.

Sligo's hopes of reducing that margin were dealt an early blow in the opening two minutes of the second half when Jack Goulding and full forward Eoghan McHugh picked of a point and a goal respectively to extend London's lead to nine again 4-10 to 1-10.

Despite the margin and the numerical advantage, Sligo never gave up and with Tomas Cawley and Conor Hanniffy in particular continually running at the London defence they steadily clawed away at the lead.

Joe McHugh added two points from play and Kilcullen one from a free to bring the margin back to six before Crowley pulled one back from a free. This was the pattern for much of the second half where Sligo would get two to which London would respond with a free. Kilcullen and Cawley, and then Kilcullen and Conor Hanniffy moved Sligo on to 1-17 with Crowley keeping the board ticking over for the home side, putting them on to 4-14.

Sligo were now making all of the running but the margin was still at five with two further exchanges of points between Crowley and Goulding for London and Kilcullen and Joe McHugh for Sligo as three minutes added time was called.

Tomas Cawley finally got Sligo within a score with his side's second goal and when Diarmuid Hanniffy added a point, a late win was still possible as the home side flagged. London came with one last attack however and full forward McHugh, who had been one of the home side's most influential players on the day finished to the net with the last puck of the game to give his side a five point winning margin 5-16 to 2-20.

Sligo will rue the concession of some poor goals but will take encouragement from the improvement in front of goals and the energy right to the end as they prepare now for a relegation play off, most likely against the same opposition in three weeks time.

Sligo:  Jimmy Gordon; Niall Kilcullen, James Weir, Kevin O'Kennedy; Ronan Molloy, Rory McHugh, Gavin Connolly; Fionn Connolly (0-1), Darragh McHugh; Connor Hanniffy (1-2), Eoin Comerford (0-1), Tomás Cawley (1-1); Joe McHugh (0-4), Andrew Kilcullen (0-10, 10f), Eddie O'Donoghue. 
Subs: Diarmuid Hanniffy (0-1) for G Connolly (26m), Fionn Moylan for O'Donoghue (46m), Ruairi Brennand for O'Kennedy (inj, 61m), Donal Keaveney for Weir, (70m)

Last updated 15/03/2023 @ 12:35

Sligo GAA to honour U17 hurling Celtic challenge winners.

While attention for most of Sligo’s underage hurlers and footballers is focussed on preparing to get back on the field, next Friday evening will be a big evening off the field as last year’s Celtic Challenge championship winning team receive the medals,

Sligo triumphed in the final with a dramatic one point victory over Mayo in a sun drenched final; in Markievicz Park last June. They had qualified for that final after a semi-final victory over Meath and the Sligo side, captained by Western Gaels Ciarán Keenan had earlier beaten Donegal and Tyrone

The event kicks off at 8.00pm on the Clayton Hotel on Friday evening. There are seven clubs represented in the squad which highlights the progress in the development of the underage game in the county. 

Marc Gray, Michael Costigan (Calry St Joseph’s) Tadgh Doggett, Cathal Hughes, Jack McDaniel, Shane O’Loughlin, Oisín Hennessy, Jack Feeney, Thomas Kinane and Oisín Whelan (Coolera Strandhill) Diarmuid Dunleavy, Matthew Percy, Donnchadh O’Brien, Shane McDonagh, Daniel Tiernan, Michael Carroll (Drumcliffe Rosses Point) Cormac Vereker, Adam Rolston and Patrick Walsh (Easkey) Rory O'Conallain, Corey O’Dowd, Robert O’Kelly-Lynch, Harry Cawley, Thomas Hargadon (Naomh Eoin) Conor White, Joseph Mc Caughey (Naomh Molaise Gaels) Conor Lang, Thomas Sheridan, Eoghan Durkan, Adam Kearns, Ciaran Keenan and Neil Kelly (Western Gaels) 

Last updated 28/02/2023 @ 18:39