Sligo Pride Comeback!

Press Release:

Sligo Pride is making a comeback! After three years away from Sligo we are hosting our first Pride festival. This year members of Sligo’s LGBTQ community, in association with Dublin LGBTQ Pride and The Outing Festival, will host a three day series of events over August 9 to August 11, 2019. The Sligo Pride Comeback coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which signified a change in the LGBTQ Civil Rights movement. 

The three day festival kicks off with a banner-making workshop, Open Mic Night in Riverside Hotel on Friday, August 9. We’ll have poets, story-tellers, comedians and all manner of talented performers from around the area. First timers welcome!

Gathering for Sligo Pride March at Abbey Street carpark at 12.30pm, due to start off from 2pm. The Pride route is different from previous years. We will march from the gathering point, on to Castle Street and Gratton Street, then O’Connell Street before moving over Hyde Bridge to Stephen’s Street where we’ll host our very first Pride Party where we take to the stage at Sligo Summer Festival from 3pm with music and entertainment for all. Sligo Pride’s After Party is brought to you by Ireland’s very own Queen of Matchmaking, Eddie McGuinness, with live DJs, Drag performances and a taste of The Outing Festival here in Sligo. Sligo Pride’s After Party will be kicking off from 8.30pm in the Clayton Hotel. 

Feeling like that is a lot but you don’t quite want the feeling of Pride to end? Why not join us for our Swagman Sunday Chillout in the Swagman Bar, Wine Street from 2.30pm to help with the festive comedown.

With events scheduled over all three days if you’d like to stay updated follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or why not visit our website: or email us at 

Sligo Pride

Sligo Pride is a community lead festival for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community launched in 2019. We are planning for Sligo Pride 2020, so if you’d like to get in touch and offer support please email us at

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Sligo Pride Festival

Sligo Pride Festival launched in 2019 when members of Sligo's LGBTIQA+ community came together to present, "Sligo Pride Comeback". This formed the 'unofficial' theme for Pride that year, as it was surely a Comeback tour-de-force for organisers preparing and networking with three festivals, namely The Outing Festival, Dublin LGBTQ Pride and of course Sligo Summer Festival with just four weeks to get the job done. In 2020, we liaised with EPOA/InterPride to join in GlobalPride2020, partnered with Dublin LGBTQ Pride again and helped support Pride Inside ~ the Digital Pride for rural Irish Prides.

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