Online webinars on new FOIREANN Membership system
The GAA’s IT department is organising six more webinars for Club and County Officers on using Foireann – the Association’s new Management System. 

To register, participants should complete their details on the following form - 

 An email with the link will be sent to the email provided in advance of the live session.

Please note each webinar is capped at a maximum of 100 participants - pre-registration is essential!

Webinars (all with the same content) will be delivered live via Microsoft Teams on the following dates - 

Tuesday March 9th @7:00 

Thursday March 11th @ 7:00 

Tuesday March 16th @ 7:00 

Thursday March 18th @ 7:00 

Monday March 22nd @ 7:00 

Wednesday March 24th @ 7:00 

Monday March 29th @8:00 

Wednesday March 31st @8:00 

Last updated 05/03/2021 @ 14:50

Connacht GAA Webinar on "Property issues" for Sligo Clubs

Connacht GAA will deliver a webinar on ‘ Property Issues’ to all Sligo GAA Clubs

This event will take place on Monday 15th March 2021 at 7pm via MS Teams. (Presentation will be for 90mins).


Webinar: Property Issues

Date: Monday 15th March 2021

Time: 7pm

Via: MS Teams.



  • Process- Club/County
  • How GAA property is owned & controlled
  • Acquisition & Purchase
  • Lease/License
  • Disposal
  • Borrowings
  • Legal Charge
  • Use of property.
  • Trustees-
  • Shortcomings in that structure
  • Proposed new structure
  • Required actions


Club/County Officers can register for this event via the following link.

Last updated 05/03/2021 @ 14:30

Sligo2Sligo - Hurling Fundraiser

Sligo hurlers have in recent years, ‘contributed to the cause’ by supporting ‘Breakfast mornings’ and ‘last-man-standing’ fundraisers but such initiatives are impossible at this time. This year we plan to build on the good-will & enthusiasm that already exists around hurling throughout the County and to that effect we are establishing ‘Friends of Sligo Hurling’. This is an initiative that you can be part of and proud of. Friends of Sligo Hurling & the Sligo Senior Hurling Panel are launching ‘iSupport Sligo Hurling’, which involves the hurlers embarking on a virtual journey from Sligo GAA in Scarden to Sligo GAA, Gaelic Park in New York... ‘Sligo2Sligo’. 

One of New York GAA’s leading lights is of course Larry McCarthy, a member of Sligo GAA in New York who has recently been inaugurated as the 40th President of the Association.

From Coney Island to Coney Island, Metal Man to Statue of Liberty, IT Sligo to Setton Hall University, Clayton Hotel to Gerry’s Place... the starting gun has been fired! On-line donations towards the mileage covered by the hurlers will be provided by Friends of Sligo Hurling and anyone who wishes to support this worthy cause. Each Player will walk, run and crawl to accumulate the required 5000 kilometres! 

Last updated 02/03/2021 @ 11:49

Club Officer Training Calendar
Please find below a summary of the remaining events available for club officers as part of this years' Club Leadership Development Programme.

Remaining Events – Register here -


Tuesday, February 23rd @7pm – Diversity & Inclusion in Other Sports 

Wednesday, February 24th @6pm – Microsoft 365 Training – OneDrive 

Thursday, February 25th @7pm – Irish Language & Cultural Officer (as Béarla) 

Tuesday, March 2nd @7pm – How to Become a Welcoming Club 

Tuesday, March 9th @7pm – Diversity & Inclusion Visibility 

Thursday, March 11th @7pm – Commercial & Sponsorship Webinar – Club Officers 

Wednesday, March 31st @7pm – Healthy Club Officer Training 

Last updated 22/02/2021 @ 09:33

Sligo GAA Welcomes AbbVie Video

Sligo GAA has welcomed a video made by one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, AbbVie, which highlights the work and life opportunities offered by the West of Ireland. AbbVie’s sponsorship of Sligo GAA and Sligo LGFA is the only sponsorship in Ireland between a multinational pharmaceutical company and a ladies’ or men’s inter-county Gaelic football team.


The video is part of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association’s ‘Innovate For Life’ campaign, a series of videos showing the many dimensions to pharma’s impact on Ireland. The latest video showcases the opportunities AbbVie provides in the North-West. 


Sean Carroll, Chairperson of Sligo GAA, said the region was honoured that one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies would highlight the potential of the West.


“AbbVie employs over 2,500 people, with many located at its manufacturing sites here in Sligo. The firm has world-leading medicines innovation happening in Sligo, proving this can be done successfully outside the traditional hubs of Dublin and Cork. Many of its people are GAA players too making sure we have teams for club and county. We are proud that they are our County sponsor.” 


“AbbVie’s success has come because it has developed partnerships, not just with the GAA, but with local educators too who produce the right graduates for their needs. This means a whole generation of young people from the West of Ireland no longer have to leave the region to secure careers in this ground-breaking industry. Furthermore, these young people have the chance to positively impact the lives of patients in Ireland and around the world through the development of innovative medicines because AbbVie located here,” Sean said.


The video, which is available to view online, shows the North-West at its best. Outside of the workplace, it shows surfing and hiking destinations are just minutes away, although many of AbbVie’s employees simply enjoy the allure of a more serene lifestyle and the beautiful views of the North-West. 


The campaign, #InnovateForLife, opens a window on the world of medicines innovation right across the lifecycle – showing the process from discovery and development through to manufacturing and adoption by the health services. The campaign is organised into three pillars – Patients, Places and Pioneers – capturing the economic and societal impact of the biopharmaceutical industry on patients’ lives, on communities, and on science and medicines development. 


West of Ireland native Bernard Mallee, Director of Communications and Advocacy at IPHA, said: “We are delighted to launch inspiring new content for ‘Innovate For Life’ ­­­ the campaign IPHA leads which draws together the many strands of our impact in patients’ lives, in communities across the country, and in science for the development of new treatments. During COVID-19, the role of our industry in the economy and in healthcare has been starkly revealed. Like other biopharmaceutical innovators, including Pfizer, Janssen, Takeda, Novartis and Astellas, AbbVie is part of ‘Innovate For Life’. We are proud of AbbVie’s contribution to the industry. It is making medicines for global supply, creating jobs in the region, improving patients’ health outcomes and helping to position Ireland for foreign direct investments. The new film helps to tell that important story for AbbVie as part of a wider industry narrative.”


Dr Jerry Bird, Head of the Science Faculty at IT Sligo, features in the video. He says he is proud that his former students are positively impacting the lives of patients in Ireland and around the world through the manufacture of innovative medicines with AbbVie – medicines of great value and significance to the medical industry, patients and their loved ones.


“It’s important that parents and families understand that when their sons and daughters come to us and train in pharmaceutical science and in medical biotechnology, what are they going to do? They are going on to work in an international company that is producing drugs that are changing the lives of people, changing the lives of people with extremely high-risk diseases, changing their outcomes and giving them new lives,” Dr Bird said.


Andrés Rodrigo, General Manager at AbbVie (Ireland), said: “AbbVie roots in Sligo stretch back more than four decades. Over time, our two separate sites there have scaled as the world of medicines innovation turned. With that came demand for more people with new skills. IT Sligo has been key in helping us to source that new talent. We are a partner for Sligo’s economy. More than that, we have become part of the community. Our people in Sligo are supporting the global supply of innovative medicines in immunology, haematology and for Parkinson’s disease, to mention just a few. We are proud of their contribution to the economy and to society. We wanted to tell that story as part of ‘Innovate For Life’.”


AbbVie employee Matt Kavanagh features in the video too. He left commuting hell behind to embrace a new pharmaceutical career in the West of Ireland. He’s still at the forefront of global medicines innovation, but community appreciation of his company’s work is at a whole new level in his adopted home.


He said: “My work-life balance is pretty good at the moment. The fact that I can go hiking, even after the day’s work, having no traffic and very little crowds means everything’s very accessible and doesn’t take a whole lot of planning to go surfing or hiking. I get to do all that, as well as being in the front-line of innovation.”


AbbVie’s video can be viewed Here


All videos are available at Innovate for Life

Last updated 23/01/2021 @ 10:32

The Advanced Mark-Part 2 Mark Burke
By Anna Bradley
Sligo GAA Youth PR Committee
One of the most important things in life, and more importantly in sport, is a positive attitude. On the brink of turning forty, one of Sligo’s longest serving hurlers, Mark Burke, has not lost any of his positivity for sport. In these strange times and when talking pre-Christmas, Mark was just thankful that he could get out “to play a bit of golf, anyway.” His priorities are obviously in order.
This county player, previous outfielder, latterly goalkeeper, can still enthuse about the game that has been such a feature of his life. You might think that after twenty-one seasons playing for Sligo, the Tubbercurry man’s interest in sport would be waning. Apparently not. Just like all good training programmes, Mark’s enthusiasm for hurling started at the very beginning.
The spark for Mark’s interest in hurling came from his father, Mick, who was originally from Tipperary. Apparently, the Premier County produced the goods as Mark’s father, after moving to Sligo, hurled for Connacht and hooked his children and, one might say, got his children hooked. “If your parents are from a hurling stronghold, it’s in your blood I guess to try to play a bit of hurling,” admitted Mark.
Mark and his brother Jarlath hurled their way through underage for Sligo until Mark broke onto the senior team in 1999, during his Leaving Cert year. Although his first season consisted of National Hurling League games, the second season saw him start in the championship line-up. And he has continued to do so since then.
Previously regarded as a dominating centre-back, in the last few years he has traded the outfield positions for the place between the posts. Goalkeeping is “easier on the body” apparently. “The body is telling me to stop now at this stage,” Mark confessed. So, he has done what any sane person would do when their body is needing a bit more care. Willingly become a target at which men fire a small, hard ball. That should not take such a toll on the old joints.
“At this stage, it’s more the body that’s telling me to stop rather than the age on the birth cert.” Twenty years of playing intercounty and club hurling, club football, soccer, and a bit of golf can tend to do that.
Still, changes in position and twenty plus years of hurling has not changed this man’s interest in the game. However, one thing that has changed, according to Mark, is the skill level of players coming up. “They’re way ahead of where we were at that age twenty years ago […] young players coming up now, their skill level would be a lot better than my age group.”
However, their youth and skill do not appear to daunt this Sligo man.
When coming up against younger men who want to slice through him with a sliotar, Mark voluntarily throws himself in front of them. His commitment has paid off, as Sligo has won the Nickey Rackard Cup in 2008 and 2019, with Mark playing centre-back in 2008 and as a goalkeeper in 2019. In between that, he served time as a selector on the management team of Darragh Cox and Dáithi Hand that won the Lory Meagher Cup in Croke Park in 2018, sparking the current hurling revival in the county. Not content to just assist off the pitch in the final, he actually came in at full-back in the closing minutes to see out a narrow win for the Yeats men.
His positive attitude can be seen in his recalling a negative moment on the pitch. In the 2019 Nickey Rackard final against Armagh, Mark recalls, “I made a bad mistake for one of the goals, in the first half. So that was a big point and you can feel bad in yourself, but at the end of the day you still have a match to play and just try to forget about it and move on to the next ball.” That is exactly what he did, making some vital stops and telling puckouts in the second half as the team went on to win by a single point.
“It was always great to joke about when you have the win at the end of the day, but if things went the other way, I’m sure it would have stung for a long time.” Of course, that mistake “wasn’t forgotten about by some of the lads.” Rest assured Mark, it never will be either.
However, even though intercounty victories are nice, for Mark “it always goes back to the club.” Winning county championships with friends are what stay with him. “Some of these victories will stay as long in the memory as any of those county days.”
Mark’s dedication to and enjoyment playing with his clubmates is apparent in how he speaks of them. He joined the senior men in the late nineties, halfway through their winning streak of ten-in-a-row county championships. (He managed to casually just slip these stats into the conversation.)
Sadly, Tubbercurry, these ten-in-a-row champions, have been tamed. “With the club unfortunately, Tubbercurry haven’t had a senior team in the last number of years. So that would be a low point.” Like many hurling clubs in a football-dominated county, they are suffering from a lack of numbers.
Though, this has not stopped Mark playing the game he loves.
“I’m hurling with another club in south Sligo, Tourlestrane, for the last few years.” There was a slight disbelieving laugh when he admitted that he had to play for a different club. Is that regret? Certainly not from Mark ‘The Positive’ Burke.
The fact that Mark is continuing to hurl shows his sheer love for the game. When he steps out to play for Sligo, he also represents Tubbercurry. That is the black and white of it.
Of course, it is not just hurling that Mark can play. The Tubbercurry local has represented his club in Gaelic football for over twenty years also, helping the club to championship success in 2014, before stepping back.
It has to be handed to Burke though. Swimming in sporting success does not seem to have gone to his head. Even if his club did win ten-in-a-row and “would have the most senior titles” in Sligo.
However, the physical prowess of sports evidently is not the only place where Mark’s talents lie. 2017 saw the tactical abilities of the Sligo man get international recognition, when he ranked number one in the world for fantasy league football. As Mark explained, ranking number one certainly earned him a “bit of notoriety” within the locality.
And it went farther when former team-mate Darragh Cox, then working in local media, encouraged him to do an interview for the local paper. And local radio. And Radio One.
The weight of all this international, intercounty, and club success has not seemed to slow this athlete down. He still hurls and plays golf, though no longer playing three matches at weekends, like he did regularly over the last twenty years. There is obviously a strong engine there. Engines like that do not just splutter and stop. It is bound to have a few years left in it yet. His interest in sport still burns even if the playing time needs to be rationed.
Throughout our conversation, Mark was relaxed and easy to chat to. During this crazy time, you might be wondering how Mark stays so relaxed. In fact, you might be asking what Mark does when there are no sports to be played. Between club, county, football, hurling, soccer, golf, fantasy football, and who knows what else, are there any hours to himself? Fear not. Mark fills his spare time with a job as a paralegal. “I went to college in Galway for five years. Enjoyed that immensely, Galway’s a great city.” But what does he get for all of that work? No holidays over Christmas, he tells me. “but we were not too busy.” They say that crime never sleeps. Apparently neither does Mark Burke.
How does the saying go: your mind will quit one hundred times before your body will? Apparently, Mark’s mind is just as sharp and as positive as ever, and the engine is still running.

Last updated 22/01/2021 @ 15:51