On the back of the lovely interview on Up and Running with Claire Ronan on Ocean FM yesterday about Sligo Hub I seem to have opened up a can of worms so I’m putting the record straight.
I wasn’t going to address this issue but when the #sligohub is being used in a negative way I will defend it. If you have read the blog over the last 9 years you will know that I have always promoted Sligo in a positive way. You will also know that I’ve had mental health issues. It was getting to the stage where covering both on the same platform was messy. A Sligo website was always in my mind, in fact I had Sligo Secrets in 2014 but as I was paying for the domain, website etc. I could no longer afford to do so.
The Sligo Facebook page stayed live and this need for a website continued to be there. Not just a tourist website but one for the people of Sligo to tell them what’s out there. I was chatting to my friend Kate over the last number of years, Kate is a website designer, so we have teamed up to produce Sligo Hub.
It has been suggested that there should have been nominations as to who runs Sligo Hub – I don’t understand this as it’s our idea. I’ve yet to see any business have nominations about who should run it.
We are not funded by any state body, nor have we approached any of them. I would welcome anyone to start their own website to promote the area they live in. In fact I’d encourage them to do so. It’s very interesting finding what is out there in your area but it’s a lot of hard work too. For me though it’s a labour of love. We have been lucky that five private business have come on board to sponsor Sligo Hub and with their help the website is paid for. Neither Kate or I take wages and although it would be lovely if, at some stage, it did provide a wage, at the moment we are happy to be volunteers.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that this clears up any confusion that may be out there.