Sligo Public Participation Network News

February 2017 E Bulletin

Sligo Public Participation Network


Funding Opportunities. 3

Funding Available for Heritage Buildings. 3

Social Innovation Fund. 3

Sports Capital Grant. 4

X-Hale Short Film Competition Grant. 5

Health Charities Invited to Make Funding Application. 6

Arts Council Funding. 6

Call for Applications: Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2018-2020. 7

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers. 7

The Ray Murphy Fund for Leadership. 7

Community Foundation of Ireland, Grants Fund for Mergers. 8

CFI, Leadership for Ethnic Minorities, Social Change Grants. 9

Inclusion for LGBT Migrants, Social Change Grants. 10

The Older Persons’ Fund. 11

Culture Ireland funding. 13

Dormant Accounts Fund, Measure 1: Social Enterprise. 13

EIL: Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme – Now Open Until March 10th!. 14

Funding for Gender Equality and Migrant Integration. 15

Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme 2017. 16

Free Trees!  One million trees in one day. 17

Forgotten Archaeological Monuments Wanted. 17

Local Opportunities and Events. 18

Sligo Public Participation Network News. 18

Sligo Inclusion / Games for All Committee. 19

Stroll the Track, Sligo Racecourse and North West Hospice. 19

Photo Competition Dromore West. 20

Up Coming events at the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen, Co Sligo. 20

Involving Corporate Volunteers. 21

European Volunteering Capital – St.Patrick’s Day Parade 2017. 21

Pathway to Employment Expo. 21

Festival and Events Advice Pop Up Clinics for Sligo. 22

Upcoming Events at the Benwiskin Centre. 23

Safeguarding Children and Young People Event, 9th Mar. 24

Brain Health, Sligo Lend a Hand and Muintir na Tire. 25

Cos Cos Sean Nos Festival 26

Sligo Field Club, AGM… 26

Sligo Field Club, Lecture. 26

Mugendo Open Kickboxing Event. 26

Dates for your diary from Sligo-Bay RNLI 27

Events in Easkey. 27

Sligo Intercultural Forum, Coffee Morning. 27

New Email Address for the Racist Incident Referral Support Service. 27

Fri 3rd March Tea Day for North West Simon Community. 28

Call for Submissions. 28

National Biodiversity Action Plan Public Consultation: Extended. 28

Consultation on the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP). 28

National Events. 29

Energy Action Fuel Poverty and Climate Action Conference. 29




Funding Opportunities


Funding Available for Heritage Buildings

Sligo County Council in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs are now inviting applications for the ‘Structures at Risk Fund’ (SRF) and the ‘Built Heritage Investment Scheme’ (BHIS) for 2017. The grant schemes will be administered by the Heritage Office of Sligo County Council. The categories of structures eligible for assistance are as follows:

  • Protected Structures i.e. those structures included in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) of the Planning Authority.
  • Proposed Protected Structures i.e. those structures that are proposed for inclusion in the RPS of the Planning Authority.
  • Structures in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), or within the amenity of a National Monument where exceptional circumstances are deemed by the Department to apply.

Full details of both grant schemes and application forms are now available on the Sligo County Council website at The deadline for submission of completed applications is 4pm Tuesday 28th February 2017.  Any queries can be directed to:  Siobhán Ryan, Heritage Officer, Sligo County Council by email at –


Social Innovation Fund

Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund is open to projects that are focused on improving educational outcomes (at QQI Level 6 or higher from the National Framework of Qualifications) for those experiencing educational disadvantage. Projects are likely to focus on students at the upper end of second level or starting higher education.

Educational disadvantage that arises from living in a disadvantaged area, socio-economic disadvantage, experiencing mental health or other health issues, or disability are all relevant to this Fund.

Education and related qualifications determine to a large extent the life chances of people. Those who leave education without qualifications are hindered in their ability to find well-paying jobs and as a result are more at risk of poverty.

The number of people with educational disadvantage achieving accreditations to QQI level 6, or higher, is disproportionately low when compared with the national norm, despite many government and other initiatives to combat this. Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s goal via the Education Fund is to improve access to 3rd level education (QQI Level 6 & above) for students affected by disability or disadvantage, through improved educational attainment.

Social Innovation Fund Ireland believes that there are many innovative local projects that tackle educational disadvantage but which fail to grow and spread. With this in mind the education fund aims to address this by:

  • Providing funding to organisations who can provide evidence of having secured match private or philanthropic funding for the duration of the proposed project  (Minimum €10,000)
  • Convene the best projects together annually to share learnings
  • Provide projects with the opportunity to participate in a cluster evaluation
  • Provide projects with a platform to showcase their work at a closing event.

The Education Fund will accept applications from

  • Not for Profits
  • Charities
  • Schools
  • Higher Education Institutes.

Social Innovation Fund Ireland is open for applications from November 2016 until 24 February 2017.

Full details available here >>

Source:  The Wheel


Sports Capital Grant


The 2017 Sports Capital Programme will be open for applications from 9am on Monday 23 January 2017.

The deadline for registration is 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

If your organisation is not registered on OSCAR by 5pm on 10 February 2017, you will not be able to make an application. If your organisation has already registered, you do not need to register again.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 February 2017. The online system will be shut down at this time and no late or partial applications will be accepted.

The 2017 guide to filling out the online application form, including the terms and conditions pertaining to applications, is available here >>




General Background

The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The programme funds:

  • Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
  • Floodlighting
  • Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas
  • Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts
  • Hurling walls / handball alleys
  • Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets
  • Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms
  • Non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators.  Anything set in the ground (such as goal posts) is not considered equipment.
  • Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance.

(Source:  The Wheel)


X-Hale Short Film Competition Grant


The Irish Cancer Society are now inviting youth groups, clubs services, projects and centres to apply an X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition grant.

The X-HALE Short Film Competition is an exciting opportunity for youth groups to create and promote a youth-led short-film that encourages young people to be smoke free.

Since 2011, The Irish Cancer Society has supported over 180 youth groups from all over Ireland to have their say about smoking and drive the movement towards a tobacco free Ireland.

If your youth organisation works with young people aged 10-24 and you are interested in receiving funding, resources and training to explore issues around young people and smoking, X-HALE wants to hear from you.

  • Visit to learn more about X-HALE
  • For more information about the X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition and to submit a grant application please clickhere
  • The closing date for grant applications is Wednesday 1 March 2017
  • Please direct queries or (01)2316624.

(Source:  The Wheel)

Health Charities Invited to Make Funding Application

The Hospital Saturday Fund, which makes donations to hospitals, hospices and medically associated charities for research and care and to individuals whose health problems have caused severe financial stress, is now inviting applications from Irish charities and individuals. 

The Hospital Saturday Fund was founded in 1873, at a time when poverty, overcrowding and ill-health were prevalent and little help was available for those needing costly hospital care.

Applications from Organisations

The Grant Making Committee (GMC) meets quarterly.  Applications should be submitted online by close of business on the following dates:

GMC 5 June 2017
Standard Grants of £2,000 or €2,700   – deadline 8 May 2017
Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 10 April 2017

GMC 14 August 2017
Standard Grants of £2,000 or €2,700 – deadline 17 July 2017Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 19 June 2017

GMC 6 November 2017
Standard Grants of £2,000 or €2,700– deadline 9 October 2017
Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 11 September 2017

Applications from Individuals

Individual applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. See the guidelines on our website for further information.

Visit the Fund website here >>

(Source:  The Wheel)



Arts Council Funding


All upcoming funding opportunities with the Arts Council are listed at

Call for Applications: Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program 2018-2020

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth or contributing to one of the Jacobs Foundation’s thematic priorities.

Fellowships are awarded to the most highly talented and innovative young scholars and mid-career researchers working on child and youth development. Funds from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships are awarded directly to the Fellow’s institution and may be used over a three-year period by the Fellow to partially cover the Fellow’s salary and for any activity supporting the Fellow’s research, such as assistant salaries, equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support.

Scholars who engage in interdisciplinary work on individual development and learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine genetic, epigenetic, neurobiological, behavioral and social levels of analysis, are particularly encouraged to apply.

For further information and to submit an online application, please click here.  Deadline for Applications is 31st Mar 2017.


Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers

The Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses.

Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.


Find our more at


The Ray Murphy Fund for Leadership

Ray Murphy worked for the Mott Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies and was instrumental in helping us get established in our early years. When he passed away in 2007 our board established a 10 year fund in his memory focusing on an area of particular interest to him – leadership in the not for profit sector.

The fund is aimed at Chief Executives within the community and voluntary sector. The fund will support CEOs to reflect on their leadership role within the community

Grants from this fund will provide CEOs with the opportunity to access leadership-related mentoring or coaching.

The Fund will make grants to build leadership within the community sector over 10 years, 2008 – 2017.

It is with regret that we cannot accept applications for courses which are not centrally focused on leadership-related mentoring or coaching. The fund will not cover regular leadership courses, degrees or post-graduate courses.

Grants of up to €2,500 may be awarded.

Who can apply:           Chief Executives within the community and voluntary sector.

How to apply:

Contact Adele Mc Namara: to determine suitability.  If suitable, the criteria and an application form will then be sent for you to complete.  Return your completed application form as per the instructions outlined on these documents.

Assessment of Grant Recipients:

To ensure that funds are being allocated and used correctly we continuously and randomly assess various projects that have received funding through us. This allows us to give a high level of commitment to all our donors that their funds are being used in an appropriate manner and are also having the impacts that they want.

Outcome Reports

All grantees are required to provide an Outcome Report six months after their grant has been awarded.

Find out more at


Community Foundation of Ireland, Grants Fund for Mergers

In the face of current challenges facing the Irish Community and Voluntary sector, all organisations are looking at ways of working differently.  In certain limited circumstances some organisations may see benefit in exploring merging permanently with another organisation, or consortium of likeminded organisations. We have a small fund which might allow such organisations or consortiums to explore this. It is for the facilitation of early stage discussions and negotiations, and not the process of merging in action.

Grants of a maximum of €8,000 will pay for associated costs such as hiring an external facilitator, room hire, travel costs etc.

The fund is not for collaborative working or strategic partnerships 

Who can apply:  Organisations/bodies and consortiums of organisations/bodies in the Irish Community and Voluntary Sector.

How to apply:  Interested bodies and/ or consortiums should email Helen at in confidence to discuss the suitability of submitting an application to the fund. Please only send a brief introductory paragraph setting out the proposed activity and level of funding required. There is no application form available and potential applications must be discussed in advance with us.

Applications will be considered as and when received; there is no specific closing date.

Any approach or enquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.  Suitable applications will be assessed by one of the Grants staff and the Chair of Grants Expert Panel.  Following the process those involved will be asked to report their learning about the process to us with a view to this helping other groups.

We do not take a view as to whether any organisations should merge.

Find out more at


CFI, Leadership for Ethnic Minorities, Social Change Grants


Leadership for Ethic Minorities Social Change Grants 2017

THIS CATEGORY WILL OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS ON 1ST MARCH 2017 The Community Foundation for Ireland’s ongoing grants strategy, now named “Social Change grants” has been confirmed for 2017. The social change grants that will be open for application on 1st March 2017. This year though our Social Change Grants Scheme we have a dedicated category for Leadership for Ethnic Minority Groups.

Criteria Summary

Grants of up to €7,500 are available for projects working towards building leadership skills in local Ethnic Minority community groups.

Grants will support community based and national work that will build leadership skills in local Ethnic Minority community groups, for example through capacity building, leadership training or strategic planning with very clearly identified objectives.


Full Criteria

It is strongly recommended that you read the full criteria document to familiarise yourself with the details of this grant round and the grant making priorities.

You can download the Full Criteria document from 1st March 2017

Application Form: You can access the Online Application Form from 1st March 2017.

Closing Date

All applications must be submitted online by 4:30pm on Thursday 13th April 2017.  Any applications submitted after this time cannot be accepted by The Community Foundation for Ireland.

Find out more at

Inclusion for LGBT Migrants, Social Change Grants

Inclusion for LGBT Migrants Social Change Grants 2017

THIS CATEGORY WILL OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS ON 1st MARCH 2017 The Community Foundation for Ireland’s ongoing grants strategy, now named “Social Change grants” has been confirmed for 2017. The social change grants that will be open for application on 1st March 2017. This year though our Social Change Grants Scheme we have a dedicated category for LGBT+ people who are Migrants.

Criteria Summary

Grants of up to €10,000 are available for projects working towards the promotion of inclusion for LGBT+ people who are Migrants

Grants will support community based and national work promoting activities that will increase the inclusion of LGBT+ people who are migrants. Organisations working with the above persons can apply for activities at local and national level which will promote equality and inclusion for those LGBT+ people who were not born in Ireland. The ultimate aim of this grants scheme is to address the unique issues for these persons, raise awareness and find innovative social solutions to these issues.

Full Criteria

It is strongly recommended that you read the full criteria document to familiarise yourself with the details of this grant round and the grant making priorities.

You can download the Full Criteria document from 1st March 2017


Find out more at

The Older Persons’ Fund

This Fund will open for applications on Monday 13th February 2017

The Older Persons’ Fund is a long term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities.

The Fund builds on our long standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities. We have invested over €1m in the sector since it was set up in 2000.

Why an Older Persons’ Fund?

It is estimated that by 2041, people aged over 65 will account for 22% of the population in Ireland, compared to some 11% today.

The Older Person’s Fund seeks to realise the benefits of this changing demographic by building a long term sustainable fund to support older people’s voices at a local and national level and their capacity to engage fully in all strands of society. In line with this goal, the mission of The Older Persons’ Fund will be to support strategic community based and national activities promoting Older People as Active Citizens and Advocates – including influencing policy, community decision-making processes, leadership, negotiation and other ways to give greater “voice” to Older People.

The Older Persons’ Fund has been set up with an initial investment of €3m provided by us (€1m) and The Atlantic Philanthropies (€2m). We are targeting an additional €1m to be raised and allocated to the fund between now and 2018, as well as on-going fund development in the longer term.

The Fund will initially support projects in the area of civic engagement which

  • Support older people’s ‘voice’ at a local and national level, and their capacity to engage in all strands of society.
  • Promote older people’s participation as active citizens in their communities and their inclusion in civic life.

In the longer term, the Fund will also support activities that address older people’s social exclusion, for example loneliness and isolation, where increased civic participation is a planned outcome.

Who can apply:

Not-for-profit organisations based in the Republic of Ireland, who believe they have a project which meets the criteria. As we will not consider applications which do not meet the stated criteria, we strongly recommend that you read the criteria (see below) before deciding to complete the application form.



This year we have the following two categories that you may apply for a grant under:

  1. Inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles – Grants of up to €7,500 will be available to organisations working towards inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles
  2. Supporting older peoples’ voices at local & national level – Grants of up to €7,500 will available to organisations working towards supporting older peoples’ engagement in advocacy.

Find out more at


Festivals and events scheme, Arts Council

Closing date 17:30, Thursday 23 February 2017
Maximum awarded €20,000
Artform and practice(s) Festivals and events
Applicant type Organisation
Collaborative application possible? Yes
Contact Regina OShea, Natalie Byrne
Telephone 6180260; 6180284
Position Festivals Team

The closing date is for festivals and events that will take place between 1 July–31 December 2017.

The Arts Council announces round two of the Festivals and Events Scheme 2017 (FES). The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant and sustainable arts profile at a local level. Festivals provide opportunities for artists and audiences to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals. The scheme will be open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single artform festivals. Events may be programmed over a number of months (e.g. a concert series).  There are two strands of funding available:

  • Strand 1: Up to €10,000
  • Strand 2: Between €10,001 and €20,000

The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to organisations that promote festivals or events with a clear artistic purpose that will take place in the second half of the calendar year 2017


Find out more at


Culture Ireland funding

Culture Ireland operates a range of funding programmes to support and promote the presentation of Irish arts internationally. The current initiatives include a Regular grants round, the See Here scheme, Delegate Scheme and a Showcase programme.


Next funding deadline, 15th Feb, Find out more



Dormant Accounts Fund, Measure 1: Social Enterprise

Call for Applications


Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs invite applications for funding from eligible organisations under the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF) Measure 1: Social Enterprise.

The aim of this funding is to support social enterprises that provide services to, or employment opportunities for, disadvantaged people, particularly in rural areas.

Organisations can apply for funding to cover capital costs (e.g. machinery, specialised equipment, refurbishment costs and vehicles) and capacity building costs.

Two pre-application support meetings will take place in Tullamore on Wednesday 22nd February 2017.

Details about the measure, the online application process, and how to register to attend a pre-application support meeting are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Wednesday 15th March 2017

Ciste na gCuntas Díomhaoin

Beart 1: Fiontraíocht Shóisialta 

Iarratais á Lorg

Tá Pobal, thar ceann na Roinne Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta, ag lorg iarratais ar mhaoiniú ó eagraíochtaí incháilithe faoi Bheart 1 de Chiste na gCuntas Díomhaoin (DAF): Fiontraíocht Shóisialta.

Is é aidhm an mhaoinithe seo tacú le fiontair shóisialta chun seirbhísí nó deiseanna fostaíochta a chur ar fáil do dhaoine atá faoi mhíbhuntáiste, go háirithe i gceantair tuaithe.

Is féidir le heagraíochtaí iarratas a dhéanamh ar mhaoiniú chun íoc as costais chaipitil (e.g. innealra, trealamh speisialaithe, costais athchóirithe agus feithiclí) agus costais forbairt acmhainní.

Tionólfar dhá chruinniú tacaíochta i dTulach Mhór ar Dé Céadaoin 22 Feabhra, 2017 sula dtosófar ar na hiarratais.

Tá sonraí faoin mbeart, faoin bpróiseas iarratais ar líne, agus ar conas clárú chun freastal ar an gcruinniú tacaíochta réamhiarratais, ar fáil ag

Is é 1pm ar an Dé Céadaoin 15 Márta, 2017 an spriocdháta le haghaidh iarratais.

(source:  activelink)


EIL: Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme – Now Open Until March 10th!

It can be challenging when we have returned from oversea projects to continue to support worthy causes such as the ones we encountered abroad. There are many ways we can promote and highlight the issues and injustices witnessed.

On a long-term basis, an effective way in which volunteers can truly make a difference is to educate others about global justice, the Global Goals and the lives of ordinary people in the global south.

EIL recognizes that it can be difficult for returned volunteers to continue their engagement here in Ireland. They may face financial barriers, time constraints or be unable to access the necessary help and support.

The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to assist returned volunteers to overcome these barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland.

Volunteers can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group.

Individual Seed Fund Application

Group Seed Fund Application

For any further information or queries please contact  activelink)


Funding for Gender Equality and Migrant Integration


Grants totalling  €13  million  to promote gender equality and to help the integration of  migrants were announced today by Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality and Mr. David Stanton, T.D.,  Minister  of  State  at  the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Integration, Immigration and Equality.

A  total of 43 projects will be delivered in the coming four year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), locally  based  community groups, and others, who were successful following an open Call for Proposals.

The gender equality projects will  support women’s entrepreneurship and participation  in  the  workforce through a range of training and mentoring initiatives.

Examples of the gender equality projects selected for funding include:

  • A Dublin-based project to assist women who are lone parents onto pathways to sustainable employment.
  • A project in counties  Galway  and  Mayo  to provide training and mentoring to women who wish to start their own business.
  • A project in counties Cavan and Monaghan to give job skills training and work placement opportunities to women who are outside the workforce.

Announcing the gender equality funding, the Tánaiste said: “There  is  still  some  way  to  go  to  achieving  gender equality in the workplace.  Women continue to have lower overall levels of participation in the  workforce,  are  paid  less  and have less access to senior positions. Women are also less likely to own or manage their own businesses. The  funding  I  have  announced  today will directly support disadvantaged women  to  access the labour market. It will also help more women to become successful entrepreneurs.”

The migrant integration projects will provide a range of practical supports directly  to  migrants,  including  English  language classes and workplace training.  Anti-racism and cultural diversity initiatives will also receive funding.

Examples of the migrant integration projects selected for funding include:

  • A  nationwide project to support community integration through local level football leagues.
  • A  project  in  Cork  to provide information and support services to vulnerable migrants.
  • A  Dublin-based  project  to  assist  long-term  residents of Direct Provision  Centres  to  make  a  successful transition to life in the community.
  • A  Kilkenny  project  to  provide local work skills training and job placements to migrants who are experiencing barriers to participating in the workforce.

Announcing  the  migrant  integration funding, the Minister for Integration and Equality said:

“Twenty  projects  will  be  funded  across the country to help support the integration  of  our  new  communities,  while a further five projects will focus  specifically  on  boosting  migrant employability. These grants will bolster  the  good  work  being  carried  out  every day by local community organisations and national NGOs in support of migrant integration.”


Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme 2017

The Irish Georgian Society is inviting applications to its Conservation Grants Programme 2017. Now in its fourth year, the grants programme provides financial support for works to structures of significant architectural merit. A total of €50,000 is available and grants will be awarded with priority given to protected structures and recorded monuments of significant architectural merit. Structures of all periods are eligible but priority will be given to older buildings on the basis of rarity and potential fragility relating to age.

Over the last three years, the Society has supported over thirty significant conservation projects from around the country, that have included works to country houses and castles, thatched cottages and historic townhouses, architectural follies, and churches. Notable amongst these have been the conservation of an important eighteenth century stained glass window in Agher Church, Co. Meath; the repair of a Coade Stone lion and monumental gateway at Mote Park, Co. Roscommon; and essential repairs to rainwater goods at Beaulieu, Co. Louth, a house of national architectural importance.
Application forms are available on the IGS website. The closing date for applications to be submitted by 5pm on Friday, 24th 2017.


Free Trees!  One million trees in one day


Trees for the community.

One Million Trees in One Day runs simple and practical schemes for farmers, smallholders, communities and other landowners to establish native tree cover and woodland on their land.

We distribute trees for woodland, hedgerow, coppice, orchard and agroforestry establishment as well as for woodland restoration and reforestation


The tree planting to be carried out in March is still open to application for the next couple of days –  is the contact


Do you know any community groups, Green schools, residents groups, farmers who may need trees?

Forgotten Archaeological Monuments Wanted


Heritage Council launches 2017 Adopt a Monument Scheme


Thursday 2 February: The Heritage Council has today issued a call for communities to nominate the forgotten and lonely monuments in their community, that are desperately in need of care and attention, under the 2017 Adopt a Monument Scheme.


Aimed at empowering communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and heritage sites, the Heritage Council is looking for four monuments to join the scheme for 2017.


Ireland’s landscapes, cities, towns and villages are dotted with an incredible variety of heritage sites, ranging from prehistoric tombs or stone circles, early monasteries, medieval walled towns, mighty castles, churches and graveyards and landed estates to industrial and agricultural heritage.


“The Adopt a Monument Scheme offers communities expertise, mentoring and support to help them to care for their local heritage, work collaboratively to develop and understand the story of their locality”, commented Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation at The Heritage Council. “For the monuments, the scheme has the potential to ensure ongoing maintenance and care, and greater protection through increased civic value, and much higher standards of interpretation and knowledge. Ireland has some of the finest archaeology in Europe and to date we have not really understood how valuable a resource this is”.


Last year six sites across Ireland were chosen to take part in the Scheme. They ranged from Anglo-Norman motte fortifications, a seventeenth century church, a stone fort, industrial heritage and a handball alley. Training and assistance in recording, understanding and surveying these sites was provided to the community groups that adopted them. “While spaces are limited this year, we want to hear from groups who would like to play a leading role in conserving a local monument that they feel passionate about”, added Doyle.


The Adopt a Monument Scheme is managed by Abarta Heritage on behalf of The Heritage Council.


The closing date for applications is 19th February 2017. To apply or for more information log on to




Local Opportunities and Events


Sligo Public Participation Network News

Mr. Mikey Kilcullen was selected as the Sligo PPN representative to the North West Regional Fisheries Local Action Group at a PPN Election meeting held on Wednesday 18th January 2017, in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo.


We would like to wish Mikey well in his position as PPN representative and look forward to receiving regular updates on the work of the Fisheries Local Action Group.


On the same evening Larry Mullin was elected as the PPN Heritage Linkage Group representative onto the Sligo Place Names Committee.  Larry was nominated by Sligo Field Club.  Congratulations to Larry on his election and appointment.


The Sligo PPN Secretariat has been busy compiling a workplan for 2017.  The Annual Report for 2016 will be available soon on the PPN website.


If any PPN Members would like to get in touch with the PPN contact us as


Sligo Inclusion / Games for All Committee.

Wheelchair Hurling / Camogie update 2017.   Dates for The Martin Donnelly Inter Provincial Wheelchair Hurling/ Camogie League are provisionally fixed with first game a Connacht Fixture at a Leitrim venue in April and date tbc,- second game in Leinster  on Sat   24th June, and third game in Tralee on 26th August and final League game in Ulster on date tbc. The M Donnelly Wheelchair Hurling / Camogie Ch/ip Finals are in Knocknarea Arena Sligo I.T.  in OCT 14th  2017.   There is a wheelchair hurling demo in Sligo I.T on Sat 18th Feb as part of SSRP disability sports demonstration sports day.The introduction of Wheelchair hurling ensures that our great games can be enjoyed by both able bodied and people with a disability, alike.


ISSSC: Irish Special Schools Sports Council: – Coaching in  St Josephs School Ballytivnan to commence in April 17 with support from Calry St Josephs GAA Club and Sligo Coaching & Development committee.


Sligo is designated the European Volunteering Capital for 2017.   The Martin  Donnelly GAA Wheelchair Hurling / Camogie Ch/ip Finals are to be held  in Knocknarea Arena, Sligo I.T on Oct 14th as part of the Sligo Volunteering events.

Signed: Tim Hynes.



Stroll the Track, Sligo Racecourse and North West Hospice

Stroll at the Track is a major fundraiser which will take place at Sligo Racecourse on Sunday 19th February from 12-4pm.

All proceeds are in aid of North-West Hospice.

Many activities will take place on the day.

Live Music and Family Fun

Patrons of the event are Tommy Gorman and Markus Feehily.

Find out more on Facebook

Photo Competition Dromore West

Dromore West Village Enhancement Committee are launching a photo competition!!!  We are looking for seasonal shots of the landscape, nature/wildlife or built structures in the Dromore West and surrounding areas.  This competition is open to everyone in the community, novice photographers, professionals, old & young…if you have a nice photo to share from the past or the present – we want to see it!!

Once photos are submitted, there will be a public vote on each season through our Facebook page with 12 coveted spots up for grabs in the 2018 Dromore West Calendar.

We are now taking submissions for the Winter season shots and the closing date Tuesday, 28th February.  All submitted photos will then be uploaded to our Facebook page and open to a public vote to choose the top 3 favourite photos.  These 3 photos will then be published on 3 months of the calendar.

If this is something that “captures” your attention, please send your pictures to  For further information please check out our Facebook page or Website or contact Geraldine McCloat at 087-7469372.

Up Coming events at the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen, Co Sligo

Sat Feb 18th at 8.30pm

Eleanor Shanley & Friends in Concert

Adm €18


Sat Feb 25th at 8.30pm

Donie O’ Connor in Concert

Adm €12


Sat. March 11th at 8.30pm

John Wynne & Gatehouse in Concert

Adm €15



Involving Corporate Volunteers

On Wednesday 15th February, Sligo Volunteer Centre will hold a Volunteer Managers Get Together focusing on Involving Corporate Volunteers. This is part of the ‘Adopt a Charity’ Campaign for the European Volunteering Capital. The session will focus on scoping the needs in the non profits and preparing non profits to pitch their needs to Corporate and Businesses who may wish to get staff volunteering in 2017.

Event: Involving Corporate Volunteers
Day/Time: Wednesday 15th February, 10am-12pm
Venue: Northside Centre, Holborn Hill, Sligo

If you wish to register contact Jane in the Volunteer Centre on 071-911 1042 or email


European Volunteering Capital – St.Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is themed ‘The Spirit of Sligo – Volunteering’ to honour Sligo’s designation as European Volunteering Capital 2017.

The organisers are incorporating a spectacular centre piece into the parade which will represent volunteering in Sligo.  The aim is to have 200 volunteers representing as many community groups from around the county as possible.   If you would like to be part of this event please click the link and complete this quick questionnaire:

Pathway to Employment Expo

As part of the European Volunteering Capital Calendar of events, Sligo Volunteer Centre are holding a Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment Expo on Tuesday 16th May, daytime in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo Town. It will be an opportunity for those who are volunteering while seeking employment to take part in a series of talks and presentations as to how to sell your volunteer experience on your CV and in interview etc. It will also be an opportunity for Non Profit groups who feel they can offer valuable voluntary experience to those who may be seeking employment to have a stand. If you would like to have a stand, please complete this questionnaire:

Please check out which will be fully up and running soon. Sign up for updates through this website to keep informed about European Volunteering Capital Events.

Festival and Events Advice Pop Up Clinics for Sligo

This month sees the inaugural AOIFE Festival and Events Advice Clinic roll into Sligo to engage with the 35 plus Festivals and event organisers in the County.

Aoife’s Executive Director and Communications Assistant will be traversing the Country this season in an effort to meet local member Festival and event organisers. Modelled on other Network offerings – the POP Up Advice Clinics are facilitated locally to allow organisers meet AOIFE personnel and get a steer on some of their problems.

Founded in 1993- the Association of Irish Festivals and Events Association is the fourth largest in Europe (with over 200 members) and through training networking and advocating best practice helps “not for profit festivals”  reach and expand their local and international goals.

The Clinics will deal with:

  • The European Festival Labelling & Awards Programme
  • Funding and Grant Applications
  • Setting up a new Festival / Event
  • Revenue and Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Leader and Cluster support
  • Association Development
  • Social Media Mentoring
  • Connections, Contacts and General Advice.


Participants MUST register with the AOIFE Secretariat in advance to book at 30 minute consultation during the time the team are there. The Advice Clinic Service is Free to members and non-members must pay a fee of €50.

Over 40 locations in 19 counties will be completed before Easter. A further 8 in Leinster and Ulster in April / May and the remaining 5 Ulster Counties will be visited in the early Autumn – affording may in the 200 plus network an ideal opportunity to meet and discuss face to face issues confronting their festival and event.

Priority will be given to member Festivals of the association but it’s hoped the programme will give a chance for newer Festivals and Events in the non – profit sector to meet first hand with the Senior Team.

“The first edition of the EFFE Label and Award 2015-2016 presented 761 festivals from 31 countries receiving the EFFE Label and 12 of the most trend-setting European festivals which received an EFFE Award. We don’t want medium sized festivals to miss out on this opportunity to get recognition for their  good work and get them to apply now for the EFFE Label 2017-2018!” stated Executive Director Colm Croffy  Funded and supported by the EU Commission – one of 27  National Hubs for the Awards Scheme.

Being a selected festival means to your audience, your sponsors, your media, your local authorities that your festival programme and mission belongs to the outstanding and innovative group of festivals in the European Union and beyond. It also means networking in the EFFE Label Meet-up on 6 May 2017 in Frankfurt where you will meet your colleagues; and your festival gets visibility through a dynamic branding and media campaign that will promote the EFFE Community towards audiences across Europe. All participating festivals have a profile page on the EFFE website and are all part of the online EFFE Professional Community.   Last but not least, EFA will animate this new international festivals community, allowing professionals to exchanges and interact with each other.

For Registration for your 30 minutes Advice Slot or your 30 minute Social Media Mentoring slot please contact Membership Officer Christina at 090 964 3779. Or see

The Advice Clinics will be in Sligo in the Clayton Hotel 9.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. Tuesday 24th January.

Further Information Please contact Colm Croffy 087 2215406


Upcoming Events at the Benwiskin Centre

Website: / Email: / Tel: 071 9176721.



Contact us for further details.

Getting familiar with daily online transactions (Class size 5-6 people)
Commencement date to be confirmed  /  Mondays – 10am – 12pm  /  4 weeks  /  €20


Classes have commenced but spaces are available to join any week up to 5th Apr 2017.  Weds 7.30pm – 8.30pm /  €6 per week


Weekly classes at The Benwiskin Centre  /  Thursdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm  / 10 weeks  /  €100

Tues 10am – 12 noon.  €3.50 / €4


Tues. (to end of Mar 2017)  /  9pm – 11pm  /  €5pw


Talk and guided field trip  /  Sun. 23rd Apr. 2017 / 11am – 2pm  /  FREE EVENT
Booking essential.  Bring a packed lunch and flask.  (Nominal fee for refreshments at The Benwiskin Centre if desired).  Visit  for further details.
This project is funded under the Local Agenda Environmental Partnership Fund 2016, administered by Sligo County Council.


Cliffoney Hall  /  11am – 1pm  /  1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
New vendors always welcome.  Find us on Facebook.

Safeguarding Children and Young People Event, 9th Mar


The Safeguarding Children and Young People Working Group of Sligo Leitrim CYPSC Invites you to

A ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People’ Event

on Thursday 9th March from 9.30am to 1.30pm

in The Clayton Hotel, Clarion Road, Sligo

The purpose of the event is to prioritise safety for children and young people in Sligo and Leitrim.

It would be great if you could advise your team and/or members of your organisation of the date too.

RSVP to Maeve Whittington before 2nd March 2017


Brain Health, Sligo Lend a Hand and Muintir na Tire


Sligo Lend a Hand and Muintir Na Tire Would like to thank everyone for attending Hello Brain at the Clayton, Clarion, making the event a success. Thank you also to those who made the event known within their membership.

The evening started off with Prof. Sabina Brennan explaining that modifiable lifestyle factors can help to protect brain health and function. Your brain is one of the most complex systems we know, and as with all living things, the environment affects how it works.

She also expanded on how a decline in brain function is not an inevitable part of ageing – many people can live into their 80s, 90s and beyond and keep creating and contributing to relationships and society.

Just as you can strengthen your muscles by lifting weights, there are steps you can take to strengthen your brain, protecting it from the damage of aging and disease. We can kick start improvements ourselves by taking positive steps.

Step out and socialise more, put your brain through the mill by challenging yourself mentally, explore new experiences or places, and become physically active. Even small increases can bear fruit and can encourage your brain to grow more cells and connections.

Prof Sabina Brennan reminds us just as we brush our teeth every day to keep them healthy, we can take steps every day to keep our brain healthy.

Top steps to keep our brain healthy every day

Get physically active.

Stay socially engaged

Challenge your brain

Manage stress, Think young, and think positive.

Adapt your lifestyle to protect your brain


For more information. Please visit



Cos Cos Sean Nos Festival

Cos Cos Sean Nos Festival takes place May 1st to 7th this year.   Festival Planning is going full steam ahead!


Our Tradance Competition will take place in March in Rathcormac.

We invite all “Strictly”  fans to give it a go.

Workshop of easy to learn routines provided.

For details phone 0861925988.

Anuna Choral Singers feature in Cos Cos Festival  Concert on Friday May 5th.   Book on line at Ticket or at www.


Sligo Field Club, AGM


The SFC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting  will take place in the Education Centre, IT Sligo at 8pm on Friday Feb 10th .


Sligo Field Club, Lecture

8pm Friday Feb 24th


Seosamh O’Cuaig

From the Shores of Connemara to the Prairies of Minnesota


The SFC lecture will take place in the Education Centre, IT Sligo at 8pm on Friday Feb 24th . All are welcome but there is a charge of €5 for non-members.


Mugendo Open Kickboxing Event


Knocknarea arena will be the venue for the Mugendo Open kickboxing event on the 18 & 19th of Feb 2017. This event will be run over 2 days and will start on Sat 18th at 1pm for seniors and will consist of points and light contact competition for over 18?year olds.

The Juniour event will be run on Sunday the 19th and will start at 10 am . This event will consist of forms , points and light contact and will have clubs from all over Ireland competing at it.

Feel free to come and observe the event.

For more details contact: Michael Mc Dermott at

Dates for your diary from Sligo-Bay RNLI


The Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival June 16th-18th.

Sligo-Bay RNLI hosts International Sea Shanty Festival bringing shanty singers from across Europe to Roses Point and Sligo, celebrating our rich Maritime Heritage and adding a little salt to your taste in music.


Gala Concert “Songs for the Lifeboat” Sat 17th June Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo

An opportunity to support your local volunteer Lifeboat Service with an evening of music and song from the Seven Seas.


Sligo-Bay Lifeboat Station Open Day Sunday June 18th  1.30pm to 4.30 pm

Come along and meet the volunteers at Sligo-Bay RNLI Station and hear about the LIfeboat Service and how we operate.


Events in Easkey


We are hosting a Boston tea party in Easkey Community Centre on the 4th march.

Our bicycle shop is open for the hiring of bikes

Our Local Lotto now stands at €2500.00.

We have bingo in the Community Centre every Friday night @ 8pm

We have local transformation in our gym every Wednesday from 11am till 1pm

We have social dancing in the Community Centre every second Tuesday from 8pm till 11pm



Sligo Intercultural Forum, Coffee Morning


Sligo Intercultural Forum is busy planning their events for 2017. As always our aim will be to promote a cohesive and welcoming community for newcomers from near and far. We are delighted to extend an invitation to a coffee morning that we are hosting in the Drop In on February 16th from 10-12pm at the Sligo Family Resource Centre. There will be free tea, coffee and cake, and a chance to sit and get to know one another! All are welcome and we very much hope to meet you there!


New Email Address for the Racist Incident Referral Support Service

Just to inform you that we have recently changed our email address. Our new email address for Racist Incident Referral and Support Service will be:

Please kindly update our contact details and thank you for your support.

Fri 3rd March Tea Day for North West Simon Community

If you, your friends, work colleagues, club, school or group wish to host a Tea Day in aid of your local homeless charity- North West Simon Community please register your interest by e mail to or ring 087 7708865. If Fri 3rd March doesn’t suit any day around this is fine.  You can make a difference in your local community.

Call for Submissions

National Biodiversity Action Plan Public Consultation: Extended

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs invites views on the next National Biodiversity Action Plan, Ireland’s third, for conserving and restoring Ireland’s biodiversity.  This document sets out a plan, from 2017 to 2021, through which a range of government, civil and private sectors will undertake to achieve Ireland’s Vision for Biodiversity.  The targets in the Plan address issues ranging from improving the management of protected areas to increasing awareness and appreciation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In light of the high level of public interest that has been expressed so far in the Plan, and with a view to accommodating submissions from those who may not have had a chance over the initial window to examine the draft Plan in detail, the deadline has been extended to allow a final week for submissions.

The new extended closing date for submissions is 4 PM on Thursday, 9th February, 2017.

Observations can be made in English or Irish. Interested organisations or individuals may submit written observations via a SurveyMonkey questionnaire, in English or Irish, on our website.

Alternatively, submissions can be made in writing to the address below.

Draft National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017 – 2021 (pdf, English)

Dréacht Plean Gníomhaíochta um Bithéagsúlacht Náisiúnta 2017 – 2021 (pdf, Irish)


Consultation on the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)


The current Social Inclusion Community Programme (SICAP) is due to complete at the end of 2017.

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) has authorised Pobal to conduct a structured consultation which will shape the next phase of SICAP from 2018-2020. This consultation process will offer key stakeholders the opportunity to inform the development of the successor SICAP programme.

A survey for national and local stakeholders has been designed to gather initial feedback on the development of ‘SICAP 2’. This feedback will provide the basis for more in-depth discussions at regional consultations and focus groups later in the year.

A link to the survey is attached below.

Please note, Pobal can only accept one survey response from each organisation. A copy of the survey is attached to enable each organisation to fully consult with relevant staff or membership on the questions asked.

All survey answers must be inputted from the same PC / Laptop. Therefore, each organisation should nominate one person who is best placed to complete the survey on their behalf.

The deadline for completing this survey is Wednesday 15th February.

Link to survey:


National Events


Energy Action Fuel Poverty and Climate Action Conference


Monday 6th March 2017, Croke Park, Dublin

Our conference, entitled ‘Fuel Poverty and Climate Action’, will be held in  Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin on Monday 6th March 2017, 9am-5.30pm. Cost: € 60 (early bird) -€90 standard. Student €10.

The Conference will include a Workshop on “Local Authorities Approach to Retrofit”, which will be of particular interest to All those involved in Community and the Environment.

Find out more information at