IT Sligo 50th Anniversary Celebrations 2020



(Some events will be continued online or under strict public health guidelines. Further information will be available shortly)

IT Sligo’s 50th anniversary has been marked by an historic event like no other in our history.  Little did we know when planning all these events over the past couple of years our celebrations would be cut short by a global pandemic.  Alas, we have had to cancel all of our planned events but we hope to deliver some online celebrations and possibly even an actual event under strict public health guidelines.  Either way we hope we can mark our 50th anniversary this year in some small way.  Stay tuned and stay safe!

Since the foundation of the Institute in 1970, the institute has progressed from being a Regional Technical College with 100 students and 10 graduates (at apprenticeship and Certificate level) to being today an Institute of Technology with 7,500 students with graduates across all levels,  from apprentices to the recent graduation of ten students who attained Doctorate degrees. In that time, the Institute has grown in terms of scale, facilities and in reputation to being recognised as one of Ireland’s leading Institutes of Technology. It has been a leading driver of development over that time in the Northwest region, in terms of society, economy and culture.

The IT Sligo 50 celebrations in 2020 will recognise the achievements of the Institute and will acknowledge the commitment of the regional community in supporting the Institute over the years. It will reflect on the achievement of the graduates of the Institute, and provide an opportunity to promote the Institute as a place of life long learning and regional development. In addition to specific events, the year of celebration will also see legacy projects that will materially contribute to its ongoing development as an engine for transformation in the region as we move towards a Technological University in 2021.

We invite everyone to join us in these celebrations and especially call on our Alumni to re-connect and share your experiences. For further information please contact

**Due to the current Covid -19 pandemic social distancing protocol, the ongoing 50th anniversary programme is being reviewed and will be updated in due course**

List of IT Sligo 50th Events 

IT Sligo Schools Competition Launch,  Date: Tues 28th January, Venue: TBC
Commemorative Book Launch,  Date: Wed 29th January 5.00pm, Oh So Fresh Cafe (Block D)
Commemorative Photographic Exhibition, Date: Wed 29th January All day, Venue: IT Sligo Digital Screens

Healthy Living Conference, Date:  Wed 12th Febraury 9am – 4pm, Venue: IT Sligo Aurivo
Interactive History of IT Sligo Display Launch, Date: Thurs 27th February , Main Reception IT Sligo

Engineering Fair Day, Date: Sun 1st March 12 – 5pm, Venue: IT Sligo Main Campus
Engineers Week, Date: 1st – 7th March , Venue: IT Sligo Main Campus


(Some events will be continued online or under strict public health guidelines. Further information will be available shortly)

IT Sligo 50th Float at Sligo’s St Patricks Parade, Date: Fri 17th March, Venue:  Sligo Town Centre
UN Artificial Intelligence Global Summit (AI For Good) Date: Wed 25th March, Venue: IT Sligo
Celebrating the contributions of Key Women to IT Sligo, Date: TBC, Venue: TBC

Engineering & Technology Expo Online Catalogue Launch, Date: Thurs 30th April

Scifest Online – Submissions Closing, Date: Thursday 14th May
IT Sligo Schools Art Competition Closing Date: Friday 29th May

Connacht Fleadh, Date: Fri/Sat 3rd & 4th July TBC, Venue:  Knocknarea Arena
Celebration of Partnership with Yeats, Date: Thurs 23rd July, Venue:  TBC
Fred Conlon Sculptures Launch, Date: TBC

Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference , Date: 31st Aug – 2nd Sept, Venue: IT Sligo
IT50 Family Day & Barbecue, Date: Sat 29th August, Venue: IT Sligo

Alumni Business – Innovation centre event, Date:Thurs 17th September TBC, Venue: IT Sligo Innovation Centre
Yeats Academy Creative  Showcase Virtual Exhibition Launch, Date: TBC
IT Sligo Art Trail Launch, Date: TBC, Venue:  IT Sligo

RTE Concert Orchestra, Date: Fri 2nd October evening, Venue: Knocknarea Arena
RTE Concert Orchestra Schools Workshop (TBC), Date:  Sat 3rd October morning, Venue: TBC
Civic Reception, Date: Fri 9th October 5.00pm, Venue:  Sligo Park Hotel
Gala Dinner, Date: Fri 9th October 7.30pm, Venue:  Sligo Park Hotel
Faculty Reunions Event 9th – 10th October – Details TBC
Sustainability Conference, Date: Thurs 22nd October 9am – 4pm, Venue: IT Sligo – A0006 or Aurivo

Sligo Science Fair, Date: Sun 8th November 12 – 5pm, Venue:  IT Sligo Main Campus. Click Here for more.
Sligo Science Festival, Date: 8th – 15th November, Venue:  IT Sligo Main Campus.  Click Here for more.
Industry 4.0 Conference, Date: Wed 18th November TBC, Venue:  IT Sligo Aurivo
Tourism Conference, Date: Fri 27th November 9am – 4pm, Venue:  IT Sligo Aurivo

Connacht Ulster Alliance Celebration, Date: Wed 9th December, Venue:  IT Sligo O’Hehirs
Christmas Mingle, Date: Fri 11th December, Venue:   IT Sligo O’Hehirs
Celebration of the contribution of Governors to development of IT Sligo, Date: Fri 11th December, Venue:   IT Sligo

IT Sligo would like to thank all our generous Sponsors & Supporters who have helped make our 50th Anniversary possible.