External View (photo)
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Jinks Avenue Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Railway End (photo)
Car Park End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
The Showgrounds Location Map
|What's The Showgrounds Like?|
There is always a sense of
anticipation when you arrive in a town centre and
you can see the floodlights of a football ground not
too far away. Both Dundalk's Oriel Park and Sligo
Rovers Showgrounds fall into this category. The
football club lies at the heart of the community,
with the ground surrounded by a residential area,
just a couple of minutes walk South of Sligo's
riverside Town Centre. The main entrance and Church
Hill End of the ground received a face-lift
recently, with new club offices, two new turnstiles
blocks and an exit gate being constructed,a ll of
which were given matching white paint schemes with
low red tiled roofs, neatly mirroring the club
colours. Walking through the home turnstiles and
looking to the right and the large grey gravelled
area behind the goal you canít help but feel there
should be a stand in place here, and indeed up to
2006 there was. This was known as 'The Shed' which
comprised a low terrace cover between the corner
post and penalty area, with a flanking shallow open
terrace leading to the far corner post. All traces
of the stand and terrace have now gone, with the
former rough grassed area behind The Shed now
levelled out and tarmaced with a car park and
portakabin toilets and refreshment facilities for
|There is the
possibility of further work to be carried out on three
sides of the ground at some point in the future, with
the Jinks Avenue Stand and its four pitch side
floodlights to be replaced by a new 2,000 seater stand
and corner floodlights to match the Main Stand side
pair already in position. The Railway End is also
likely to receive a roof whilst there is the
additional possibility of a stand-either permanent or
temporary-on the former site of The Shed. If this
happens the final all seater capacity could be raised
to over 6,000.
|Visiting fans are allocated part of the Jinks
Avenue Stand leading up to the television gantry. As
far as we are aware the stand is accessed by
turnstiles to the right of the main entrance and then
walking to the right of the flat gravelled area behind
the goal. The pitch side seated stand has a low roof
with an away seated capacity of around 400 seats over
six rows, with a number of columns which may impede
your view from the rear three rows.
|Where To Drink?|
Brennan informs me; 'The closest pub is Mooneys which is
located almost directly opposite the turnstiles.
Inside its walls are covered in Rovers pictures
and memorabilia. If you're walking from the
train station, then there is O'Neills pub (nothing
like the English chain of the same name) which is on
the corner of Wolfe Tone Street and Church Hill.'
Otherwise there are plenty of pubs to be found in
the nearby town centre which is only a ten minute
walk away from the 'Showgies' as the ground is
called by the locals.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|From the North:
Follow the N15 South from Ballyshannon into the Northern suburbs of Sligo. The road merges with the N16 over the bay and then becomes the N4.Once over the river and into the Town Centre continue over the next 3 crossroads then on exiting the Town centre turn right into Church Hill.The ground is on the right hand side.
From the East:
Follow the N16 from Enniskillen into the North suburbs of Sligo. At the junction with the N15 turn left and follow the N4.Once over the river and into the Town Centre continue over the next 3 crossroads then on exiting the Town centre turn right into Church Hill. The ground is on the right hand side.
Follow the N4 from Carrick-on-Shannon into the South suburbs of Sligo. Just before reaching the Town Centre turn left into Church Hill. The ground is on the right hand side.
From the South West:
Follow the N17 from Charlestown. Then turn left onto the N4 on the approach to Collooney. Follow the N4 into the South suburbs of Sligo. Just before reaching the Town Centre turn left into Church Hill. The ground is on the right hand side.
Parking is available along Church Hill, and the training ground complex beside the Stadium.
Map showing the location of the Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
|Sligo Railway Station is
located only a five minute walk away from the
Showgrounds. There is a regular service from Dublin
Connolly to Sligo, with the journey time being around
2 hours 10 minutes with 7 complete services throughout
the day. On the approach to Sligo you will see the
floodlights of The Showground (or two of them anyway)
on the right hand side. When you come out of Sligo
MacDiarmada Railway Station the town centre is to
your'e left with the football ground a simple 5 minute
Walk down the steps outside the railway station and walk directly across the road into Wolfe Tone shopping street. At the end of the road turn right into Church Hill. The entrance to the stadium is on the right hand side with home and way turnstiles either side of the main entrance gate.
Expressway Service 023 From Dublin Busaras and Dublin
Airport follows a similar route as the Irish Rail
train service with 6 services throughout the day. The
journey, however, at nearly 4 hours is far longer than
travelling on the train.
For those travelling from the mid-west of Ireland, the far north counties and Northern Ireland,Bus Eireann Expressway Service 064 links Galway to Sligo via Knock Ireland West Airport. The service then continues north to Donegal, Letterkenny and terminates at Derry/Londonderry.Bus Eireann Expressway Service 066 also links Westport and Ballina to Sligo before travelling to the Northern Ireland town of Enniskillen where Translink Ulsterbus Goldline Service 261 travels onto Belfast Europa Bus Station.
With all bus services arriving at Sligo Bus Station, you will see two of the floodlights of The Showgrounds as the Bus pulls into the Bus Station and Railway Station entrance. It will take a straightforward 5 minute walk to get to the Showgrounds, see directions 'By Train' above.
|Official Programme Ä4|
wheelchair users is provided pitch side at the
Church Hill entrance end of the Main Stand.
|Sligo do not appear to have any local
derbies! The nearest clubs are Longford fc, County
Donegal Club Finn Harps,and County Mayo clubs
Castlebar Celtic and Westport United. Derry City are
the nearest Premier Division Club.
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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