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Indian Association of Sligo AGM and Election 2018.

Dear All,

Time has come to welcome new Leadership.Opportunity is for all active and enthusiastic members to come forward and actively lead, shape and sustain the good work of IAS. I take the privilege to share the Constitution of IAS (click here) which is approved by the core committee members. This is an initiative to structure the organisation and make the leadership team accountable. The constitution shall remain as a live document. Please note 2nd Dec'17 (Saturday) AGM (Annual General body meeting) is scheduled to report the annual activities for 2016-17 and financial statement. Election for IAS committee will be held for the term 2018 by secret ballot system under the supervision of the team of electoral officers (Mr George, Mrs Lincy, Mr Rohit). New people will be highly encouraged and appreciated. The nominations need to be filed by 28th Nov 2017 to Electoral officer ( For the nomination form click here. Election process and the roles and responsibilities of each positions are mentioned in the attached constitution. Please register yourself and your family in the link below. Registration form will also be available on the day. Registration is mandatory to take part in voting. Diwali / Christmas entertainment program (3PM-8PM) will be held along with AGM/Election at Scoil Ursula to facilitate maximum attendance.

Anirban Bhanja

President IAS.

India Fest 2017 Integration by Music

The Indian Association of Sligo hosted an Indian Performance of music and dance at the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo on Saturday, 21st October 2017, the event was supported by Sligo Live with proceeds in aid of the North West Hospice. Named’ India Fest’17’, it was a great opportunity to experience the different types of Indian music (Folk, Classical, and Bollywood) and the variety of Indian dancing. Music was provided by the renowned Indian band ‘Soul Beats’. Award winning dancers Mudra performed dances from the different regions of India. Also included was an ancient Indian martial art performance with music. (Kalarippayattu) The theme of this event was ‘Integration by Music’. As an association, by hosting this event, Indian association of Sligo constantly trying to bring further integration at local, regional and national level through the medium of music. The programme raised € 6138 and €78.39 from bucket collection for Northwest hospice.(Total € 6216.39). IAS would like to thank everyone supported directly and indirectly towards India fest ‘17. Bindu Nair was the MC of the event.

Supporting Global Polio Eradication Programme

IAS at the Sligo Rotary evening organised to create awareness for the global polio eradication programme at Sligo Park Hotel.

Indian Association of Sligo, Diwali-Xmas 2016

Indian association of Sligo celebrated Diwali and Xmas together on 3rd December at the Scoil Ursula national school, Sligo. The organisation also marked its 10th year in community service. The evening was filled with lot of fun including Bollywood dances, Irish dance, Irish music, Tambola and a 3 course fine Indian cuisine by Royal caterers. Soul beats band performed throughout the evening. IAS President Anirban Bhanja made a presentation called ‘The Journey’ which narrated the last 10 years of IAS. IAS Secretary Dr.Suresh Pillai thanked everyone. Sophie Babu Alookaran and Neeta Khetarpal were the MC’s of the event.

Hon'ble Minister of State for External Affairs,
Gen. (Dr.) V.K.Singh at Sligo.

Hon'ble Minister of State for Exernal Affairs Gen V.K Singh, Hon'ble Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD, Indian ambassador to Ireland H.E Radhikalal Lokesh, John Perry TD, Senator Susan O'Keefe, Sligo county council chairperson Cllr. Rosaleen O'Grady and other dignitaries at unveiling of bust of Rabindranath Tagore at Sligo, (June 23, 2015)

Congratulations to new graduates from St.Angelas

18 students from India have successfully completed the first batch of BN International program from the St.Angelas College in Sligo. IAS would like to congratulate you all and wish every success in your future career .They got their merits at a conferring ceremony on 8th November at Sligo park hotel, Sligo.

Light from a distant shore broadcasted with 118000 viewers

RTÉ One broadcasted the documentary ‘Light from a distant shore ‘ following members of the Indian Association of Sligo as they prepared to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights on 3rd November at 17.40.The documentary featured featured food, dance, fashion and faith and acknowledges the unity of the Indian community in Sligo.
According to RTE figures, 118000 people watched the program live, which is 10 % more than normal viewers of that time. IAS would like to thank all who participated in making this documentary possible especially to all committee members and Seamus Callaghy of Kairos communications.
The documentary available to watch till 25th November on RTÉ player

Onam celebrated in style

There was Mahabali dancing, Women pulling the rope, Sophie Babu was teaching the Non-Indians how to eat with hands, Pretty women dancing the Thiruvathira and Thomas Mathew was keeping a close eye on everything to make sure the house was in order-This was the ‘ONAM 2013’ of IAS in a nutshell.
IAS celebrated the south Indian harvest festival once again in Style on 21st of September. As the children performed some mind-blowing dances, the senior ladies showed their curves in Thiruvathira dance once again. Proloy brought a gigantic snake boat on the stage which made everybody nostalgic. Reddy, Thomas and Freddy made sure no one went home hungry!
Sophie Babu Alookkaran and Sini Mathew anchored the program while Sebin captured all the interesting moments. Thomas Mathew was the coordinator of the program.

Cross border event held on 24th August

Our last project with urban peace collective (Peace III) held on 24th August in Castleblaney in Co.Monaghan .We travelled from Sligo in 2 coaches and met with a group 15 Indians living in Enniskillen, Co.Feremanagh .Everybody enjoyed travelling together. During the afternoon, after dinner, we had a discussion session about the common problems faced in both sides of the border. Lot of real stories both good and bad were shared during the discussion. We departed from there with a view to organise more of these kind of cross border meetings.

This project has been funded by the peace III program through the European Union’s European Regional development Fund managed for the Special EU programmes body by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace & Reconciliation partnership Committee.

UPC finale held on 10th September

Finale of urban peace collective (UPC) held on 10th September at Sligo education centre at IT Sligo. Indian association Sligo was one of the 9 groups took part in the one year project. Representing IAS, Vice President Sheoji Ram Bairwa, Treasurer Thomas Mathew, PRO Proloy Banerjee, Committee members Chinnappa Reddy and Freddy Francis attended the event. Sheoji Ram presented our Project report. During his speech he thanked the UPC for all the guidance and help throughout the year.

IAS celebrated 67th Independence day


Mayor of Sligo Cllr.Marcella Mc Garry remembered the great struggle India had before Independence and the growth post independence. Addressing the members of the Indian association of Sligo, from the Show grounds in Sligo on the India's 67th Independence Day on 15 August, She thanked for the contributions ,the Indian community making in Sligo.She also remembered late. Johny Chadda being one of the great role models in Sligo from India. Siji Mathai welcomed the gathering and Dr.Shyam Pathak gave the vote of thanks. Sophie Babu Alookaran was co -ordinator of the program.

International Yoga Day (21 June 2020)


We are Organising an Online Yoga Session on 21st June 2020 from 10:30 am to 11:45 am by our certified Yoga Trainers.This session will demonstrate easy Yoga steps for healthy and peaceful life. its completely free and open to everyone and is not limited to IAS members.

To Join the Online Session Click the Following Link
Meeting Number / Access Code : 163 532 7338
Session Password : gKAFtYP5B37
45238975 (from Phones & video systems)