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Wednesday next, September 7, will see Sligo Rugby Club file into the Racecourse enclosure in Cleveragh.

It’s Rugby Day at Sligo Races and away from the Rugby Field the players and supporters of Sligo Rugby Club will witness tenacity, skill and courage of the Horses and Jockeys in the All Flat Card that gets underway at 4.40pm.

Sligo Rugby Club is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland, having been founded in 1890. The clubs home is at Hamilton Park in Strandhill with Knocknarea to one side and the Atlantic ocean to the other, In common with Sligo Races who boasts of being one of the most picturesque racecourses in Ireland, Sligo Rugby claims to be one of the most picturesque in the World of Rugby.

“The club has rugby teams at all age levels from U7 up to U18.5, these age levels are open to boys and girls,” explains Ross Mannion from the Sligo Rugby Club.

“Their season runs from September to April. We have a senior ladies team and two senior mens at present. Our senior men’s team 1xv play in the All Ireland League 2C and 2xv play in the Connacht Junior league. At present we have 3 of our senior men’s team involved with the Irish U20 team who have reached the u20 world cup final and we have numerous players involved with Connacht rugby representative teams at underage level to the Pro12 winning team. We are looking forward to a great evening of well-deserved relaxation at Sligo Races and hope to see you all there.”

Kathryn Foley County Sligo Races, Racecourse Manager added: “We look forward to welcoming Sligo Rugby Club to the Races on September 7.

“Uniting the sports of Rugby and Racing for one evening at the Racecourse is a great opportunity to showcase the many achievements of Sligo Rugby while at the same time enjoying the ferocious competitiveness of the racing world. Head Coach Ross Mannion has confirmed that the Pro 12 Trophy will also be making an appearance and we very much look forward to seeing that.”

Gates open at 2:30 pm and the feature race is The Sligo Park Hotel Handicap of €12,500

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