Big crowd expected at launch of Sligo Volunteering celebrations

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the launch of celebrations in Sligo this evening to mark the town’s selection as the 2017 European capital of Volunteering.

Among those due to be present is the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan.

This evening’s event at IT Sligo will begin with a civic reception at 5 o clock in the IT’s Aurivo Conference Centre.

This will be followed by a ‘Spirit of Sligo’ concert in the Knocknarea Arena at 7:30.

It will be headlined by TG4 Composer orf the Year Michael Rooney. Other performers include Kieran Quinn and Niamh Crowley.

Abbott is the corporate partner for the European Capital of Volunteering programme of events.

Conor Murphy, director of Abbott’s diagnostics facility in Sligo, says it looks forward to raising awareness of the importance of volunteering.

Throughout the year, a series of local, regional and national events highlighitng the role of volunteers will take place.

But this evening’s launch event in Sligo will set the standard and calibre of others to follow, at least when it comes to musical performances.