Sunday, 17 May 2015

Welcome to the 10th -and probably the LAST EVER - Northwest Pride, a community festival for LGBT people, our families & friends in a largely rural, border area in Ireland. That's right - we ARE out in the bog.

It's not  always easy. There's no "scene" here, just LGBT people, scattered here & there. Refugees from cities, living  on the land; kids too young & poor still to have got to the cities; middle-aged people come home to mind their parents.

But nine times now, we have got together with our friends & families and made with our bare hands something beautiful, that charges us up for another year, something we believe is in the true spirit of Pride - the spirit of Stonewall.

Strangely, people have travelled to be with us. They've come from places that have what we don't have but they've had fun. They LIKE the way we do things. Some of them tell us it's "their favourite Pride." We're glad - it's our favourite Pride too!

Some people say Sligo is the smallest city in the world with its own Pride Parade. But the spirit of Stonewall is alive in our hearts.

We can't keep doing this forever. The young people have no option these days but to go away. Short of a miracle, this will be the last Northwest Pride.

In light of the "debate" currently raging in our country about whether or not we are decent human beings, worthy of being members of families, we have "rebranded" Northwest Pride, to more actively reflect what it has always been. We are Northwest lgbt FAMILY Pride.

You can join us in Carrick-on-Shannon, August 7th-9th and in Sligo, August 19th-23rd.

Our co-founder and current chair, Izzy Kamikaze has written something about love, the marriage referendum, family & Northwest Pride. You can find it here.

See you in August. It'll be SO Northwest Pride! 

Friday, 15 May 2015

It's 2015, and we're ten years old!!

2015 is the 10th Northwest LGBT Pride!!

Parade Sat 22nd August Sligo Town

Pride Events in Leitrim 6 - 9 August and Sligo 19 - 23 August



Thursday, 14 August 2014


We're getting ready for Sligo...banners ironed, cable-ties and gaffer tape packed...and we're clearing our throats ready for the Sligo launch event at The Book Mart, Lower The Mall, Sligo.
Thanks to Donal and Adam at The Book Mart, ILLUMINATIONS will light up the first night of Northwest Pride in Sligo with an all-welcome Open Mike session. Come along and join in...or listen and enjoy...

See you there!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Saturday Night Fever in Carrick on Shannon!

Northwest LGBT Pride presents

Saturday 9th August @ Burke’s Back Bar
Bridge Street, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Followed by heats of Ms/Mr Gay Leitrim and then

Al Fresco Disco: Retrosexual!!
100% Vinyl Oldies
Doors open 7.30pm / Quiz 8pm /
All events €10/€8 concessions
                             Disco only (from 10pm) €6

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Self-Defence Workshop

Self-Defence Workshop
Learn techniques to defend yourself
Friday 22nd of August @ 3pm
Clarion Village Apartments
We are hosting a self-defence workshop taught by
Sean McCaffery.
The self-defence being shown is a mixture of:
Kick Boxing
Krav maga
To enhance your personal safety by giving you the techniques to counter attack and the confidence to effectively manage prejudice and avoid confrontation.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Poster+Programme Combo! All NW Pride events here!'s the Poster+Programme combo! All details at last!!

Leitrim & Sligo Heats of Miss Gay Ireland & Mr. Gay Ireland!

Northwest LGBT Pride presents

Ms Gay Leitrim  /  Mr Gay Leitrim
Heats @ Burke’s Bar, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim Saturday 9th August
as part of our Retrosexual Al Fresco Disco
Ms Gay Sligo  /  Mr Gay Sligo
Heats @ Sligo City Hotel, Sligo Friday 22nd August
Following the Pride Ceílí

·         * Winners go forward to the national finals. You'll be expected to raise funds for a charity of your choice as part of the finals!
·         * To enter you can register on the night, or beforehand at
·         * On the night, you’ll be asked to answer three questions from our MC, and perform a piece (5 minutes max.) for the audience – this can be anything – juggling, drag…you choose!

·         * Entrants need to be resident in the county :-)  For more details on entries, see and