OutWest LGBT+ Drop-in

Now available on Zoom every Saturday from 12.45pm to 2.45pm.

Topic: OutWest LGBT+ Drop-in
Time: Sept 26, 2020 12:45 PM Dublin

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OutWest LGBT+ Drop in

LGBTI+ Life in Lockdown Snapshot Survey

To access the survey, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JKDY25G


Following our 2020 AGM, OutWest is happy to welcome its new Committee!!

Also, we are going to hold an EGM to allow the Ratification of OutWest Constitution.  A group from last night’s AGM has been formed to review the Constitution and to vote its ratification at the EGM.  Anyone who wishes to attend the EGM on Monday 10th August 2020, at 7pm is most welcomed to do so.  Please, contact us for more information.  Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM.  This brought positivity for the future of OutWest.

www.outwest.ie | Info Line: 087 972 5586 | Email: info@outwest.ie


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our AGM will take place online via a virtual Zoom meeting on Wednesday 29th July 2020 at 7.30pm. To attend, please register click here.
More details will be sent to you closer to the date.
Thank you!

OutWest LGBT+ Drop-in Centre

Mayo’s first LGBT+ drop-in centre will open in Castlebar on 18th January 2020. The centre, run by long-running Connacht-based LGBT+ advocacy group OutWest, will be based in Le Chéile Family Resource Centre and will open for 2 hours each Saturday from 12.45pm to 2.45pm. The centre will provide a relaxed welcoming space for LGBT+ people, families and partners to socialise, chat, and make connections.

Group Chairperson Aurélie said “OutWest are very excited about our new drop-in centre, the first of its kind in Mayo. Being LGBT+ in the West of Ireland can be an isolating experience but there is also wonderful community here. Since 1997 OutWest has been supporting and building the LGBT+ community in the west. Our new drop-in centre is the next step in that process”. Vice-Chairperson John added, “we want the drop-in to be an open and welcoming space for all members of the LGBT+ community and our allies. We will have board games, books, tea and coffee and lots of space for people to relax and hangout. If anyone is interested in getting involved, we’d ask them to get in contact with us at info@outwest.ie”.

In order to make this work, we need volunteers to help staff the Drop-in Centre. If you are interested, please contact us and we will organise to meet with you.

***Our Christmas Party 2019 is now Sold Out***

Please note that the hotel insists that numbers must be known in advance. So, if you wish to join OutWest at their Christmas dinner this year in Ballina, you must pre-book & pay with us before 2nd December 2019. Details in poster below.

Choose your option

MEAL IN SLIGO TOWN – Friday, 20th September 2019

OutWest would like to invite patrons and friends to join us for a meal in Jalan Jalan restaurant, Castle Street, Sligo Town, on Friday, 20th September. The meal is booked for 8:40pm, and we shall initially meet in the bar in the Sligo City Hotel at 8:00pm, before heading to the restaurant. After the meal, we shall head to the nearby Swagman Bar on Wine Street around 10:00pm, where we shall Be supporting the relaunch of Sligo IT’s Pink Friday. More details will be announced as soon as possible.

It is important that we know in advance numbers who will be attending the meal. Please either contact the info line (087-972-5586) or email info@outwest.ie BEFORE Friday, 20th September, if you plan to attend.

This event replaces the earlier announced Beach Barbecue which had been planned for Saturday, 21st September, as it was decided that late September may not be the best time of the year to be planning an outdoor barbecue.

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What a great day we had in Belleek Wood, Ballina, followed by a delicious meal in Jalan Jalan Restaurant. Many thanks to everyone who came! Can’t wait for our next gathering.

Belleek Wood
Picnic & Walk

It’s time for our Summer walk!

Sunday 25th of August 2019

Join us for a Picnic & Walk in Belleek Wood, followed by an evening meal in Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Meeting is at 1.30pm at the first Car Park on your right when coming from Ballina, or second Car Park on your left when coming from Killala.
All welcome!!

E: info@outwest.ie / Info Line: 087 972 5586

Looking to donate a bit of your time? OutWest is piloting a new Volunteer list.

Just pop off an email with name and hours available to info@outwest.ie or message us here and a member of the Committee will be in touch ASAP.

Last night OutWest held its EGM in Macalla Hall, Lough Lannagh Village, Castlebar. Thanks to the staff for making themselves available, and to all who showed up.

We would like to also welcome John on board as OCM, Filling OutWest Committee to six again. We are always looking for more help on Committee level, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if interested.

E: info@outwest.ie / Info Line: 087 972 5586

OutWest needs your help!

Due to an insufficient number of Committee Members, the Committee is calling for an Emergency General Meeting, on the 24th of July 2019, which will start at 7.30pm.

The venue is now confirmed as Lough Lannagh Village, Macalla Hall, Castlebar.

Please, members of LGBT+ Community, and Allies, come along and help us to keep up and running.

OutWest’s 2019 Annual General Meeting
7pm – Saturday 25th May
Le Chéile FRC, Castlebar, Co Mayo

The “Meet&Greet” is for potential new volunteers for the Outwest LGBT helpline.
For details of the venue please ring 086 106 8089

We are sorry, all tickets for this event have been sold.

Join us for a fun Christmas Party night 

in the Wyatt Hotel, Westport Co Mayo

Reservation and payment is required by 30th November 


Fun, games, sun, sea, sand.  Join us.

New Date for Sligo Walk

Join us in Knocknarea for a leisurely walk followed by meal /chill out in Strandhill!

Or meet us later in Strandhill?  You choose!

The in-car SatNav coordinates for the mountain car park are:-
54°15’12.4″N 8°33’28.8″W   or   N54.253441, W8.558006
The main Strandhill Car Park is by the bus stop on Shore Road. In-car SatNav cordinates are:-
54°16’13.4″N 8°36’21.3″W   or    N54.270397, W8.605904

Sligo Walk and Meal Postponed

OutWest apologise that, due to unforeseen circumstances, it is necessary to postpone the walk and meal planned for Sunday 24th June. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

OutWest Walk and Meal 24th June 2018

OutWest would like to invite our patrons to join us on Sunday 24th June 2018 when we shall be taking a walk in he early afternoon on Knocknarea Hill on the outskirts of Sligo Town, followed by a meal in the Luna Restaurant in nearby Dromahair, Co. Leitrim. You are welcome to join us for either activity, or both, but please note that if you intend joining us for the meal you MUST let us know at least a day in advance (Saturday 23rd June) by ringing the OutWest Info number (087-972-5586) so that we can pre-book sufficient tables. If you are joining us for the walk on Knocknarea please make sure you wear suitable outdoor footwear and carry suitable rain gear should the day be wet. Times are shown in the poster below.

Coffee Morning

OutWest would like to invite all their patrons to join us for a coffee morning on Saturday, 26th May, in The Loft Bar, Pearse Street, Ballina, Co Mayo. We shall be meeting at 11:00 am, and everybody is welcome.

OutWest takes pleasure in inviting all of its patrons to attend its Annual General Meeting which will be held on the evening of 18th April 2018 in the Meeting Room in Bridge St Bar, Bridge Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo starting at 8:30pm.

This will be your chance to hear about OutWest’s activities in the past 12 months, and have your say in what you would like to see OutWest doing in the year to come.

We shall also be electing our new committee to steer us through the coming year and we would be delighted to see new faces on the committee, so by all means put your name forward on the night.

Guest speakers on the night are Maria Molloy & Cameron Keighron.

Maria is Chairperson of AMACH! LGBT Galway, which is a voluntary run registered charity representing and advocating on behalf of the LGBT+ community in Galway city and county. Founded in 2010 its main focus has been on the opening of an LGBT+ resource centre in Galway. This has now been achieved with the opening of Teach Solais on Victoria Place, just off Eyre Square. Maria will share with us the journey that AMACH! has taken from its foundation in 2010 to the opening of Teach Solais in 2017, and what Teach Solais now offers to the LGBT+ community in Galway.

Cameron (who is also Vice-Chairperson of AMACH!) is a young Trans man, and his talk will be about the life of Trans people in rural Ireland, the barriers that these people face, and the impact that it has on their lives, as well as discussing ways that LGBT+ community groups can support this group of people.

These should be two very interesting talks, so please try to get along on the night to hear what Maria and Cameron have to tell us.

February Social in Carrick-on-Shannon

OutWest are pleased to announce that we shall be holding a social meeting on Saturday 24th February.

We shall meet at 7:00pm in the Paradiso Cafe in the Carrick-on-Shannon Cineplex, which is located in the Mulvey Centre just off a roundabout on the A4 on the Sligo side of the main bridge in Carrick-on-Shannon (turn off the roundabout where there is a Supermacs – drive past Supermacs for the cinema).

Cafe Paradiso is on the right as you enter the cinema. Look for us at a table that will have a small rainbow type flag on one corner of it. If you cannot spot us when you arrive, please ring the Outwest Info Line on 087 972 5586

We shall wait until at least 8:00pm before making a collective decision as to where we shall spend the rest of the evening. We shall keep late-comers updated on the night on Facebook.

Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

January Social in Sligo Town

OutWest are pleased to announce that we shall be holding a social meeting on Saturday 27th January, starting at 6:00pm in the Quays Bar & Restaurant in the Sligo City Hotel, which is located on Quay Street in the centre of Sligo Town. 

The entrance to the bar is on your left immediately you enter the foyer of the hotel. Look for us at a table that will have a small rainbow type flag on one corner of it. If you cannot spot us when you arrive, please ring the Outwest Info Line on 087 972 5586

We shall wait until around 6:30pm before making a collective decision as to where we shall spend the rest of the evening.

Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

We are also hoping to arrange a trip to the cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon sometime in February. More details of this will be announced once it has been confirmed.

 Special Thanks

OUTWEST would like to thank everyone who attended our Christmas Party and 20th Birthday bash in Castlebar on Saturday 2nd December. A big thanks to Eddie McGuinness from The Outing and DJ Ruth for all their hard work on the night.

Hopefully we will see ye all this January in Sligo…………Happy Christmas

OutWest has recently celebrated its 20th birthday and is one of the longest serving groups that offer social and support to members of the LGBT community in the West of Ireland.