Sligo Rovers exhibition at Museum

The finishing touches are being made to the Sligo Rovers exhibition at Sligo County Museum in Stephen Street, Sligo.

The exhibition was arranged by Sligo Rovers Heritage Group, which was set up to safeguard the club’s artefacts and mementos and to increase public awareness of the club’s long and fascinating history.

This project was prompted by the very kind gesture of the Curran family in presenting the 1937 League Banner to the club towards the end of last season.

In addition to the banner, the family also handed over a treasure trove of old photographs and programmes.

The banner has been on display in Sligo Museum in Stephen St since November 2012, and has attracted a number of interested visitors.

While the formal launch will take place on Thursday 2nd May, the exhibition is open to the public and contains photographs, programme and medals spanning the decades of Rovers history.

The 1937 banner takes pride of place, other items presented by the Curran family which are on display are Dublin City Cup Winners medal from season 1951-52, and a league runners-up medal from 1950-51.

Some of the material on display goes back to the very early days of the club; Junior Cup medal from 1928/29, a league runners-up medal from 1938/39, and other cups and medals recalling the landmarks of the club’s history.

All of the match programmes from Rovers FAI Cup final appearances are exhibited, and there is a special section devoted to two Rovers legends, William Ralph ‘Dixie’ Dean and Johnny Armstrong.

The magnificent successes of recent years are also recalled, including Mark Quigley’s match ball from the league winning penalty kick against St Pat’s, and Ciaran Kelly’s gloves from the historic penalty shoot-out v Shamrock Rovers in the 2010 FAI Cup final.

The exhibition is being hosted with the generous assistance of County Librarian Donal Tinney and the Museum staff, and it is sure to attract many visitors over the coming months.

The museum visitors’ book shows that one of the first visitors to the museum was a gentleman from Bray called Alec Morahan, who played for Rovers in season 1961-62.

Sligo Rovers Chairman Tony Quinn has commended the Heritage Group for organising the exhibition: "I would encourage Sligo Rovers supporters and the wider Sligo public to visit the exhibition, they will get a sense of the special place this club has always held with the local community for generations.

"At some point in the future I would like to think we could house a museum in the Showgrounds where this material would be on permanent display, but in the mean-time we are grateful to County Librarian Donal Tinney and his staff for hosting this special exhibition."

The club are calling on supporters to help them in assembling material for the exhibition. There could be artefacts in houses in Sligo or further afield, as was the case with the 1937 banner.

The club is appealing to anyone with Rovers memorabilia, trophies, old programmes and photographs, pennants or extracts from records to make contract with the secretary or any member of the Management Committee to enable them to include them in the exhibition.

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