Mayor of Sligo salutes Setanta Cup heroes
Published 20/05/2014 | 05:40
It was 20 years to the day since Sligo Rovers won the FAI Cup in 1994.
Two decades on, they carried the Setanta Cup up the steps of City Hall for the first time ever.
Rovers were accorded a Civic Reception by the Mayor, Clr Marcella McGarry, to mark their All-Ireland triumph.
Manager Ian Baraclough declared: "It's a proud moment.
"We want more of these occasions."
Rovers beat Derry City at the old Lansdowne Road on May 15th, 1994.
In doing so, they completed a remarkable treble of First Division Shield, League and FAI Cup.
Last Thursday, the Mayor acknowledged their historic win over Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium.
Councillor McGarry said: "When I had the privilege of welcoming Ian and his team to City Hall with the FAI Cup last November, little did I think we would be paying tribute so quickly again to this remarkable and special team."
She added: "To be crowned All-Ireland Champions in any endeavour is a rare achievement.
"To win the competition in your first appearance in the Final merely added to the sense of occasion."
The Reception to honour Rovers was one of the last to be held before the demise of the Borough Council.
Club Vice-Chairman, Marcel Gordon said while it was always a very special occasion to be afforded a Civic Reception to honour success, such success must never be taken for granted.
He added: "People need to continue to support the club."