Northwest Pride, It’s running right NOW 2nd – 12th August 2012
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The infamous Izzy Kamikaze dropped us a quick reminder

It’s running right NOW, with a parade in Sligo on August 11th and a beach barbecue in lovely Strandhill the following day, amongst other events.

Established in 2006, NW Pride has gained a reputation as a great value, community-oriented get-together and attracts visitors from all over the country and further afield. Well worth a visit for anyone who can manage the short notice.

The programme can be downloaded from, where you can also find details of budget accommodation deals from €20 per night!

11 – 12 O’Connell Street, Sligo
Three nights of music:
Monday: Bluegrass with Rack house pilfer
Thursday: Traditional Irish music
Sunday: Sunday MASS (massive acoustic Sunday session)

What’s On at Northwest Pride!
This year we’ll be Priding High in not
one…not two…but THREE COUNTIES!
See you in ALL of them…!

Welcome to the 2012 Positively
Post-Tiger Pride!
It’s been a tough year, and no-one is immune, but NW Pride has fought back with new events, cheaper ticket prices and special accommodation deals. Also, having extended our reach to Donegal for the first time we can confirm that their hearts really are like their mountains – welcome, Donegal Dreamers, our day has come! Friendly, inclusive and easy on your hard-hit pocket, NW Pride contiues to be what we always wanted it to be –

The People’s Pride!”

Thursday 2nd August [DONEGAL] Get into Stride for North West Pride

Slide Show: NW Pride in Action! Followed by Traffic Light Night

LGBT Pride finally erupts in the hills of Donegal! Join us and your host Lucy Lashes for an eclectic mishmash of music by DJ Pixie Smith.

Venue: The Swilly Inn, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Time: 9pm
Ticket: €5



Tuesday 7th August [LEITRIM]

Launch of NW Pride’s 4th multimedia arts exhibition ‘Taking Liberties’

Curated by Brendan Dean

Venue: The Dock Community Space, Carrick on Shannon. Co. Leitrim.
Time: 3pm / FREE / Exhibition runs till Aug 15

Wednesday 8th August [LEITRIM]

FULL SPECTRUM INCLUSION FORUM, An opportunity to experience the range and diversity that makes up the LGBT community. You’re invited to take part in exploring ways of increasing inclusion for people with disabilities, Trans people and asylum seekers in LGBT groups and activities in the North West. Full Spectrum is an opportunity for people & groups representing minority groupings to have their voices, experiences and needs heard and understood by the LGBT community.

Venue:The Dock Community Space, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Time: 11am – 4pm/ Light lunch provided.
Entry Fee: FREE.

Funded by the Leitrim Integrated Development Company.

Thursday 8th August [SLIGO]

LGBT Diversity launch: Building Our Futures Together: a Regional Strategy for LGBT Inclusion in the Northwest

followed by an open debate on how we can make change happen together.
Venue: Hyde Meeting Room, Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo.
Time: 3-

Later that evening…

Show Us Your Shorts!

An evening of films by LGBT filmmakers, with discussion to follow.
Make some new friends and see some new movies!

Venue: Hyde Meeting Room, Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo.
Time: 8pm

Friday 10th August [SLIGO]

LGBT Youth Event hosted by SMILY
For more info see, email or call/text 0871802672

Hillwalk: See the beauty of Sligo from the top of Knocknarea.

Assemble 2pm @ Pride Village (hosted by our Scottish friends from BBLAAG)

Join Wet & Wild for afternoon adventuring: see for details.

Banner-making Want to say your piece loud & proud in the Parade? Want to accesorise your already-fabulous costume? Materials and advice will be on hand at the Pride apartment in the Clarion Village from 3 – 5pm. You can bring your own materials too!

Friday evening:

Keep Calm & Make it Happen: the Pride Table Quiz
Following on from our chaotic and entertaining table quiz of last year, this year’s quiz will be presented in such a way that Deaf participants can join in the fun! Large print questions will also be available. Show off your brain power and win fabulous prizes!

Venue: Glencar Suite, Sligo City Hotel.
Time: 8pm
Fee: Quiz included in €10 ticket price for all-evening event.

Quiz followed by…

RETROSEXUAL – an evening of retro dance music: th’ole Gay Disco is back! Spot prizes for retro costuming and lots of dancing with your retrosexual DJs

Kamikaze Queer & Kaiserin!

Venue: Glencar Suite, Sligo City Hotel.
Time: 10.30pm
Fee: €10 all-evening ticket (also covers quiz)

7th Northwest LGBT Pride Parade Saturday 11 August 2012. Assemble 2pm outside City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo for fun and games. Parade leaves City Hall 3pm sharp!

Double the Party, Double the Pride!

You can make the best of both tonight with two parties in the one venue. The Swan Suite features the startlingly lovely Donegal Divas and rising star Adam Tyler (fresh from London Pride and ready to rock!). MC Ms. Claudia Shifter will keep you well informed and performances will be followed by Pride favourite DJ Proud Mary. Meanwhile in the View Bar, our Acoustic Space will feature short performances from local talent with an Open Mike slot for the brave amongst you. Music & spoken word very welcome!

Venue:The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo / Doors open 9.30pm.
Price €10: what a bargain!

Sunday 12th

Beach BBQ & Sandgames

Our traditional seaside day out (whatever the weather!) – this year to Strandhill, where we may see some of the Wet & Wild boys in Action…bring your bucket and spade and join in the beach games – wellie throwing, beach boules and other entertainments. Don’t forget r sunscreen!

Venue: Strandhill beach (look out for the Rainbow Flags)
Time: 12-5pm
Fee: FREE (but bring some grub).

Sunday evening

We’re all tired but we don’t want to stop…join us as we wind-down We’re all tired but we don’t want to stop…join us as we wind-down  with some Good Old-Fashioned Dancing…no experience necessary!

Venue: car park of the Clarion Village Apartments.
Time: 8 – 9.30pm

We want NW Pride to be open to all LGBT people and our friends & supporters.This includes Deaf people & people with disabilities, medical conditions & special needs.

We will offer any help or support we can to people who might otherwise find it hard to take part. Call/SMS us on 086 256 5480 or email

Saturday’s Parade route is reasonably level (some accessible transport available). Unfortunately we have no ISL interpreter. Our volunteers will be glad to help with any problem you may have. Saturday’s Parade route is reasonably level (some accessible transport available). Unfortunately we have no ISL interpreter. Our volunteers will be glad to help with any problem you may have.

If you are lost or stuck, make sure you have Isolde’s number saved. Call or text and someone will come nd get you back on track.We have tried to use venues with the best access we can find. . If you know about a problem, please contact us. Access information will be updated on our website /
Accomodation 085 1365570 / Access Info: 086 2565480 / Queries: 087 9075404

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