Rough Draft Sligo – Design and New Media Conference

rough draft sligo

The inaugural Rough Draft Design and New Media Conference will take place in The Glass House, Sligo on November 7th 2013.

The Open Coffee Sligo team will be attending and highly recommends conference attendance to network members, especially given some of our members will be speaking at the event including Denise Rushe of Starling Digital.

The conference will feature twelve speakers from local and national practitioners.  For more info and how to register visit

See the full programme below.

Our next regular Open Coffee Sligo session will take place on Thursday, 05 December.

Rough Draft Programme

October Open Coffee Sligo – eCommerce

So we are back after the summer break – and starting up  again on Thursday, October  3rd from 11am – 1pm upstairs in Chapters Coffee House.


The session will focus on e-commerce and online shopping. We will have 2 local businesses that will talk about their experiences with selling online.

  • Eileen Conlon of Sligo’s Burns Car Sales will speak about their recently launched Skoda Parts Ireland website.
  • Fergal Henry of  Kool Kidz department store which has positioned itself as one of the top ‘One-Stop’ kiddies stores in the country. is Kool Kidz eCommerce store.

We want to make the discussion as dynamic as possible – so we will be delighted if those attending can share tip and tricks and lessons learned.  Here are some of the  things that we know people will want to talk about

  • Choosing your eCommerce platform
  • Managing payments – merchant account, paypal, realex, stripe, etc
  • Products – descriptions, photographs
  • Fulfillment – stock control, packaging, delivery
  • Analytics – tracking the user through the selling process

See you then!

Image credit:  Photo by Images_of_Money on Flickr under Creative Commons

Summertime Hiatus – See you in September


Open Coffee Sligo is taking a summer break.  We’re busy working on an Autumn line-up of speakers so look forward to seeing you all at our next session in September.

June Open Coffee Sligo – Thursday 6th @11am

June’s Open Coffee Sligo meet-up happens next Thursday, 6th June from 11am-12pm upstairs in Chapters Coffee House

We have no speakers this month – so if it’s just a casual and friendly meetup for people interested in chatting about business.  So if you’re about town, do pop in to say Hello!

Upcoming Mindfulness Course for Business Owners / Freelancers / Employees in Sligo

mindfulness-sligoLearning to Exhale is a mindfulness and meditation course launching soon in Sligo.  The organisers of the course contacted Open Coffee Sligo and asked us to let members know about their upcoming course in The Model

Mindfulness meditation can, with proper instruction and practice, reduce all of the following, as has been scientifically proven: Hypertension, Cardiac arrhythmia’s, Pain, Insomnia Allergies, PMS, Menopause Symptoms, Infertility and Boosts Your Immune System.

Mindfulness can prevent a lot of pain and stress. Google, Facebook and even Coca Cola have found that when they run these courses for their staff productivity and creativity increased.

Learning to Exhale was established in Nov 2012 to address a deep need in the community and society as a whole to deal effectively with stress, depression, suicide risk and spiritual emergency. The social enterprise is now running courses in MINDFULNESS across Mayo and will soon be active in Sligo.

For more info check out their Facebook page here  or contact Suzanne on 087 192 9067

In an article published by “People Management”, research conducted by Kieran O’ Boyle, professor of psychology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin identified that Senior Managers in Ireland as so stressed that they have a lower quality of life than the terminally ill.

May Open Coffee – Social Media Case Studies

chapters coffeeMay’s Open Coffee Sligo meet-up happens next Thursday, May 2nd from 11am -1pm in the comfortable surroundings of Chapters Coffee House.

In this session we’ll hear from some fantastic case studies of local businesses using social media for tangible business results.


David GlynnDavid Glynn

David Glynn is the Sales & Marketing Manager of the 4* McWilliam Park Hotel located in Claremorris. Co. Mayo.

The McWilliam Park Hotel uses all forms of marketing from postage, exhibitions , traditional media and  has fully embraced social media.

David is passionate about all things Marketing and Social Media and is an active member of Online Marketing in Galway, a networking group for Marketing Professionals.

Denise RusheDenise Rushe

Denise Rushe returned home to Sligo in 2012 to set up her own company Starling Digital Media Direction.

She primarily works with the cultural and creative sectors and provides social media management and digital marketing consultancy for Sligo Tourism.

In preparation for a busy summer 2013 in Sligo, Denise is going to talk about the upcoming marketing campaign and how businesses and locals alike can get involved.

See you on Thursday.  All welcome.

Photo Credit:  Magnumlady (Val Robus)

Open Coffee Sligo – April 4th at Source Sligo

Thanks to all who attended last month’s Open Coffee Sligo kick-off at The Model. Some new faces and some more familiar ones; great to see you all.

April’s Open Coffee Sligo meet-up happens next Thursday, April 7th from 11am -12pm in the lovely surroundings of Source Sligo.

It’s a casual coffee meet-up for anybody who wants to get out from their home office / desk and meet with like-minded people.

Next week’s meet-up will be very casual, so if you’re about town, do pop in to say hello.

We have been in touch with some speakers from Google, Facebook and LinkedIn for upcoming sessions: watch this space for more details.  If you have any speaker suggestions, do let us know.  See you on Thursday.  All welcome.