Launch of WDC Strategy Statement 2019 – 2024


WDC Strategy 2019-2024 Invitation

Please find the attached invitation from the Chair of the Western Development Commission, Dr Deirdre Garvey to the launch of the WDC Strategy ‘Work Smarter, Live Better’ 2019-2024.

The strategy will be launched by Minister Seán Canney TD at the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre (former library) on Society St., Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Monday, 15th April 2019 at 9.30am.

RSVP by Friday, April 5th to


Informal Music Afternoon at the Model, Sligo

March – Dec, Sligo

IMAs are held on the first Sunday of each month at 1pm. They present an eclectic mix of music from different genres, in a relaxed, cabaret style in the Model’s atrium, with the café offering tempting refreshments.

IMAs are produced by Sligo Baroque Orchestra in partnership with the Model, they are supported by the Arts Council and Sligo County Council.



The Model
The Mall
Sligo, + Google Map
Phone: 0719141405


Westport Music & Arts Festival

October 24 – October 29, Westport, Mayo

Westival, a new festival with an old heart.

Westport Arts Festival is delighted to announce Westival, the festival’s new brand and identity. After 18 months of research and careful consideration on how to build on 42 years of success, ‘Westival’ was devised as the next big step forward. Westival, will continue to foster the thriving local arts and music scene of Westport, but also help solidify and promote the west of Ireland as a destination for significant cultural events, that will attract international talent and attention.

Fans of Westport Arts Festival can rest assured that the charm of the events unique to the original festival will still be part of the rebranded offering, they will be complemented by new and innovative experiences.

Westival also brings with it a date change, formerly running in September, this year’s festival will take place from 24th – 29th October 2018 incorporating the October Bank Holiday Weekend. The change of dates will be advantageous in attracting a new wave of visitors and activity to Westport after the hectic summer season has ended and is more suitable for engagement with school and college students, enabling the festival to nurture bright budding artists in the community and beyond.

The move from September to October also allows Westival to become a cosy and intimate indoor festival, encompassing all the fun of Halloween along with themed events and fireside antics. Unique venues, such as Holy Trinity Church with its gothic architecture and the state of the art Town Hall Theatre, will host some of the festivals’ main attractions. Those seeking a more intimate atmosphere will find suitable gigs in Westport’s famous pubs, along with other pop up venues throughout the town.

Westival 2018’s full programme will be released in early August and will showcase a festival filled with local, national and international music, culture and artistic adventures, world premières and free family-friendly performances for all. The ethos of the new festival is to provide entertainment, connection and celebration for the people of Westport and the people who love Westport.

October 24 – October 29


Other Voices Ballina – Mayo

Sept 28-29th, Ballina

On Friday September 28th and Saturday September 29th, 2018, the vibrant town of Ballina in Co. Mayo will provide a stunning backdrop to Other Voices, the internationally acclaimed music television series and arts festival, which has travelled countless roads over the past 17 years. From Dingle to Derry, New York to Belfast, Texas to London, Berlin and beyond, Ballina joins the global network of towns and cities that map the rich and diverse musical journey of Other Voices.

At the end of September, the Mayo town will explode into life with song, story, conversation and debate, a weekend of live music, creative partnerships and diverse discussions with artists and speakers from across the world, joining together to raise their voices. The Other Voices live TV recordings will take place in the 250-year old St. Michael’s Church in the heart of Ballina, while the Other Voices Music Trail will run across a multitude of venues, bars, pubs and clubs throughout the town. Ireland’s Edge Ballina, an extension of Ireland’s Edge, the renowned annual culture and creativity conference, will be a mixture of debate, performance and discussion that aims to contribute to the positioning of Ireland, particularly rural Ireland, as a viable, dynamic location and environment for world leading developments in creative technology industries.

Speaking at the launch of Other Voices Ballina 2018 in St. Michael’s Church on Thursday June 14th, Tom Gilligan, Director of Services at Mayo County Council said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Other Voices is coming to Ballina. Other Voices coming to Ballina represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase the remarkable cultural talent and gifts the town possesses in music and the arts. This is a game changer for Mayo and represents our passion for music and culture. It’s our heartbeat, it’s what makes us unique.”

Richard Finn, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council added “The people of County Mayo and Ballina are delighted to have such an internationally acclaimed Irish festival come to Ballina. I’ve been told that they have only visited a few other places, including Derry, London, New York and now Ballina! We are honored to have an event of this caliber taking place here and we wish it all the very best of success. We hope that those who come to Ballina for Other Voices find great enjoyment during their time in our beautiful county.”

Other Voices Executive Producer Philip King said: “All of us were delighted to accept the invitation to bring Other Voices to beautiful Ballina in Co. Mayo. We have strong connections with the county, Other Voices producer Tina O’Reilly is a Westport native and, in a way, producing Other Voices in Ballina is bringing it all back home for us.”

The first act to be announced for St. Michael’s Church in September is local songwriter and performer Maria Kelly. The Westport native is a true reflection of Other Voices on-going commitment to showcasing the very best emerging music talent. As one of the breakthrough Irish artists of 2018, Maria topped the poll in the Other Voices Open Call 2017, to secure a spot at the IMRO Other Room at Other Voices Dingle last December. Maria will be joined by a host of international and Irish acts at the TV recording event, with artists being announced over the coming months. Maria joined Other Voices presenter and Le Galaxie frontwoman May Kay, to celebrate the launch of Other Voices Ballina in St. Michael’s Church on Thursday June 14th.

Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, close to the mouth of Killala Bay, Ballina is one of Mayo’s most vibrant and friendly market towns, the pretty Georgian streetscapes offering up a flourishing culture of music, arts and entertainment. The town and surrounding North Mayo lands are steeped in history, from the ancient forests and woodlands of Belleek to the 6,000-year-old Céide Fields, the most extensive Stone-Age monument in the world. Ballina sits on the mighty River Moy, world famous for its bountiful salmon angling and the Ballina Salmon Festival which brings more than quarter of a million visitors to the town each year.

Music fans travelling for Other Voices will find a wealth of accommodations from 5-star hotels to charming guesthouses; restaurants dishing up delicious local, seasonal produce and the buzz of Food Fleadh Ballina in full swing, along with bars and pubs serving local, craft refreshments to whet all appetites. Uncover hidden gems in old time stores, browse galleries and bookshops, take a break with a coffee or settle back with a pint in the many cafes and hostelries dotted throughout or simply wander the banks of the beautiful Moy, the surging heart of this truly authentic Irish town.

Date: September 28 – September 29

Django Programming workshop for Women in Sligo

September 8, Sligo

Learn to fall in love with programming!

If you are a female and you want to learn how to make websites, we have good news for you! Don’t miss a one-day workshop in Sligo this September. This event is set for beginners with no prior knowledge of programming and will follow the format of the very popular Django Girls events.

Organised by Overstock employee Lucia Macari, this promises to be a really social day.

It will take place on 8th of September in Sligo, in the beautiful Building Block, overlooking the Garavogue River. We believe that the IT industry will greatly benefit from bringing more women into technology. We want to give you an opportunity to learn how to program and become one of us – female programmers!

Who is this for?

If you are female, thinking of a career change, or hoping to start a career in IT then this is for you. No programming experience is required but an interest in computing is a must!

There are only a few spots left for this event. Register for the Women’s Programming Workshop here.


Date:  September 8
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: €10


The Building Block
Waterfront House
Sligo, F91 XY2N Ireland + Google Map

Family Day

August 26, Sligo

Join us at The Model to celebrate the last days of Summer with a sun filled day of creative outdoor activities.

These workshops are for children aged 6+ and their parents/guardians.

€20 for 1 adult and 1 child
€25 for 1 adult and 2 Children

2 children max per Adult

Booking in advance is highly recommended, as spaces are limited.


Date:  August 26
Time: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: €20 – €25


The Model
The Mall
Sligo, + Google Map
Phone: 0719141405

Leitrim Glens Sportive

August 19, Manorhamilton

Its time to get on your bike as the Leitrim Glens Sportive 2018 organised by Leitrim Glens Cycling Club is back again on Sunday 19th August. Cycle through breath-taking scenery across Leitrim’s rolling hills. This year we have four-cycle routes to choose from: 40km, 100km, 150km and 200km. So there’s something for everyone!

We are delighted to have a first for Ireland with our 24 new cycling signs. The signs, a familiar sight abroad give information on gradient and distance, and have now been rolled out on our route.

We are also proud to introduce our charity of choice MS North West Therapy Centre Sligo and our new sponsors Kevin Egan Cars.

Come along and experience the cycling thrill and excitement that is Leitrim Glens Sportive!


Entry fee: €25 for the 40k/100k and €35 for the 150k/200k with a €5 discount for registering online. Includes refreshment at food stops and hot food afterwards. You can also register from the start venue on the day from 7.30am. You can Register on line here

Venue Details

Registration at Bee Park Community Centre

Address: Manorhamilton

Co Leitrim

Google Map location


40km/100km : Starts 10am
150km/200km Starts 9am

Date: August 19

Social Media Links Challenge

August 23 – August 25, Enniscrone

The First Day’s play will be hosted at the exquisite Enniscrone Golf Club, on Thursday 23rd August 2018.

It has been the host course for the Final Round over the past 4 years of the event and provides an excellent venue in all aspects. It will again host the Final Round this year but also provides the venue for the Opening Round in 2018. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

Day 2 on Friday 24th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. The 2017 competitors faced beautiful conditions last August and we are hoping for more of the same come the 2nd Round next year. This is one of the more remote courses in Ireland but as a result of that it has one of the most amazing locations for a golf course anywhere in the World!

The Final Day of the 2018 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 25th August. This outstanding links course will provide a fitting finale to 3 days of sublime links golf on the West Coast of Ireland. The winning team this week will certainly deserve their prize!

The entry fee per person is only €165 Golf only (€330 per Team of 2). Accommodation is available at The Great National Hotel Ballina which is less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne and approximately 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC. The Play & Stay packages are as follows:

  • 2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €269 per person sharing / €538 per Team
  • 3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €335 per person sharing / €670 per Team
  • 4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €385 per person sharing / €770 per Team
  • (The 3 & 4 night packages include Prize Giving Dinner at Hotel Ballina on Saturday 25th August)


Start:  August 23 @ 10:00 am
End:  August 25 @ 8:00 pm
Cost: €165