Connacht Rugby will kick off the new season with a squad visit to Sligo RFC next Sunday 29th June.

The visit by Pat Lam’s squad will include an interactive training session with local children as part of a fundraising Family Fun Day in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust.

Donal Parsons is a six year old boy from Strandhill, Co. Sligo who, last year, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare Children’s cancer. Donal is currently receiving 18 months of intensive treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Donal loves, dancing, talking, cooking and playing with his dog Nelly. He is also a big Connacht Rugby fan.

The Donal Parsons Trust has been set up to raise money to access any viable treatments to prevent relapse and to pay for treatments if Donal does relapse. The Trust may also assist Donal and his family during his treatment

The Family Fun Day starts at 1pm and following the interactive pitch session, the team will be available for autographs and pictures.

The club visit is part of Connacht Rugby’s commitment to bring the professional squad to all parts of the province. Last season the senior Connacht squad and Head Coach Pat Lam visited Tuam RFC in Galway, Westport RFC and Castlebar RFC in Mayo and Carrick-on-Shannon RFC in Leitrim. With Sligo RFC being the most northerly club in Connacht, it is the ideal choice.

Speaking from Galway, Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam said:

“On the back of the success of last season’s club visits around the province, it’s great to be able to launch our new season in Sligo. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to support not only our rugby community in Sligo but also our young Connacht supporter Donal Parsons.

“We’ll have our first squad meeting of the season at the Sportsground on Sunday morning before setting off by bus to Sligo. It will be great to have the majority of the squad back together again and I know the management and players always look forward to these unique days where they get to meet our young supporters. It’s always a great reminder to us and others that we’re not a Galway team; we’re a Connacht team representing everyone in Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Galway.

“So if you’re around the area on Sunday June 29th, we’re looking forward to seeing you at Sligo RFC. Let’s all come out for a great day and to help raise funds for a very special cause.”

For more details on the Sligo RFC Family Fun Day with Connacht Rugby see











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