The Connacht Rugby senior squad made the journey to Sligo RFC yesterday to take part in an interactive training session with local children as part of a fundraising Family Fun Day in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust.

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.

The event in Sligo RFC had something for all the family from bouncy castles to face painting. The interactive session also gave children of all ages the chance to take part in a training session with the Connacht squad.

All proceeds from the day went to 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.

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