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Farmers Market

9a.m. to 1 p.m.
Institute of Technology Car Park, Ballinode, Sligo.

A wide range of fresh produce is available, fish, vegetables,organic fruit and meat, health foods, free range eggs, artisan cheese, honey and bee products, speciality breads, teas, coffee, home baking and crafts.

Enquiries: 071 91 47007

Farmers Market

10a.m. to 2 p.m.

Outside Johnston Court Shopping Centre, Wine Street Car Park, Sligo.



Cairde Summer Festival

July 10th – 14th

Various venues in Sligo Town

The Cairde Arts Festival takes place for one week each year in July and Sligo comes alive with an excellent range of music, theatre, dance, children’s and family events, visual art and more.

Some of this year’s highlights include Yungchen Lhamo in concert with Liam O’Maonlai, Madu, Delicious O’Grady, Park Fest and more! Uniquely, Cairde also presents Concerts in Care – a series of performances which take place in care settings for those who are not able to attend. Events to inspire, enthrall, amuse, engage, challenge and take part in. Come to Sligo from July 10th to 14th and join in!

For more information contact Tara McGowan on 087 221 4079
E-mail: Tara McGowan
or go to their website at: www.cairdefestival.com

Sligo Stages Rally

July 14th

The 2013 Sligo Stages Rally is supported by the Sligo Park Hotel and Quinn Crash Repairs & Recovery.

The event is again a counting round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship, the Junior and Historic classes were reintroduced this year. The rally comprises of nine stages with a variety of fast flowing and tight twisty sections, on both wide and narrow roads with a good tarmac surface. The event offers approx 145km of stages with a central service area.

Phone: 086 867 5038
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.connachtmotorclub.com

Sligo Jazz Project 2013

July 16th – 21st

Various venues in Sligo Town

This years festival features Mike Stern/Victor Wooten Band, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Werner and much more, Sligo Jazz Project has received plaudits for the quality of its combined summer school and festival event, hailed by the Irish Times as “one of the most important events in the jazz calendar”, which the Sunday Independent had as its jazz highlight of 2012.

SJP International Summer School of Jazz and World Music

A six-day event running concurrently with the festival, featuring workshops, masterclasses and special workshops featuring some of the worlds finest jazz educators and musicians including Kenny Werner, John Riley, John Goldsby, and Ian Shaw. All summer school participants gain admission to a full-blown world-class jazz festival programme. All the main evening concerts are held in the Hawk’s Well Theatre. And the good news is: All paid-up summer school participants gain free admission to all festival events!

Tickets are now on sale from The Hawks Well or by phoning 071 916 1518

Warrior of the Sea Swim

July 20th

Rosses Point, County Sligo


Event organiser Scot Reid said the level of entry for this year has already far surpassed previous years reflecting the growing interest in this most unique event. “We are delighted that we have just over 100 entries already for this years swim. In three years it has grown 500% and is now the No.1 swim to compete in in the North West”, he said. This years competitors lineup includes national champions, 3 English Channel swimmers and this year the event has attracted international competitors from France, England, South Africa, USA and Australia.

Website: www.oceanfm.ie/warrior_of_the_sea

A Taste of Sligo

July 21st

The first A Taste of Sligo will take place at the Radisson Blu. Starting from 10am we will have a wide variety of food exhibitors from restaurants to bakery`s and food producers from the Sligo area. There will be cooking demonstrations all day from our celebrity chefs Joe Shannon and Edward Haydon.


July 22nd – August 9th

Various events in and around Sligo Town

A new 10-day Festival celebrating the indelible link between Sligo and the Yeats brothers, William Butler and Jack B.

TREAD SOFTLY features a mix of theatre, music, film, readings and visual arts. Celebrate with SEAMUS HEANEY, KEVIN BARRY, BELINDA McKEON, BRIAN LEYDEN, DERVISH, THE WATERBOYS and many many more. Sligo is turning back the clock on August 3th to host a very special Yeats Vintage Day all in an effort to raise much-needed funds for a fantastic cause, the North West Hospice. With vintage cars and carriages,and prizes for best dressed man and woman, this will be a great day.Don’t miss your opportunity to dress up in the Edwardian style costume of the 20’s, step back in time and have a load of fun along the way.

Phone 086 819 7929
Website: www.seasonofyeats.com/treadsoftly

Yeats International Summer School

July 24th – August 5th

For more info see www.yeats-sligo.com

54th Annual Yeats International Summer School 2012

July 28th – August 9th

The Yeats Society of Sligo welcomes all to the 54th Annual Yeats International Summer School: A two-week academic Summer School with lectures, seminars, poetry & drama workshops, Yeats Country tour, music and drama with focus on W.B.Yeats’s works. The distinguished roster of lecturers includes George Bornstein (University of Michigan), Madeleine Callahan (University of York), Alex Davis (UCC), Warwick Gould (University of London), Geraldine Higgins (Emory University), Maureen McLane (New York University), Emilie Morin (University of York), Alexandra Poulain (Université de Lille), Jahan Ramazani (University of Michigan), Hedwig Schwall (KU Leuven), Deirdre Toomey (University of London), Joseph Valente (SUNY Buffalo), Helen Vendler (Harvard University), Tom Walker (UCD), Susan Wolfson (Princeton University), and Padraig Yeates (author and journalist). Sam McCready will lead the drama workshop, and Paula Meehan will conduct the poetry workshop. Special events will include readings by John Banville, Seamus Heaney, Maureen McLane, Paula Meehan, and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, a themed day on 1913 and Labour History, and a workshop on the Yeats’s A Vision. Other events over the fortnight include concerts, art openings, readings, dramatic productions, and multimedia installations.

Web site: http://yeatssummerschool.com/

Sligo Myths & Legends School

July 28th – 29th

Sligo Town

Learn about our myths & legends through storytelling and theatre. Feel the mystery of the three faces of the goddess: the Sligo Lake, the River and the Sea See what inspired the Druids, Bards and Poets Feel the excitement of ancient wisdom Know the mystery of the ancient people.

Phone: 071 91 68868
Web site: http://www.lughzone.com/


Carmel Gunning Summer School Festival

August 6th – 10th

Sligo Town and Geevagh

6th August Sligo town 10am – tin whistle class.
3pm – Guitar class.

7th August Sligo town 10am – Traditional singing class.
3pm – Concert Flute class.

Tutors this year are Carmel Gunning and Olivia McTernan.

10th August – Summer School Entertainment – Paul McTiernans Pub, Conway’s Cross, Gleann, Geevagh, Co. Sligo (R284)

6pm – Traditional Singers session – special guest Tommie Kearns.
9pm – Closing Traditional music session – special guests P.J. Hernon and Mick Shannon + students and tutors of the school.

For more information: Phone: 087 625 0454
or E-mail Carmel Gunning


August 10th

Lough Gill, County Sligo

Last year’s event raised much needed funds for North-West Hospice of over €24,000.

The swim is now in its second year and also acts as ILSDA Connaught 10km championships. Volunteers willing to help out by kayaking or canoeing for a swimmer, please contact [email protected]. Better still, if you are up to it, support by actually doing the swim! Promises to be a good one this time around.

Web site: http:/www.loughgillswim.com/


August 17th – 25th

Your History, Your Culture, Your Nature.

Heritage week is a wonderful opportunity for groups to showcase the best of our local heritage, and to share their enthusiasm with the community. From medieval fairs, night time bat walks, classical music, poetry, theatre, traditional music, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks and talks, maritime and coastal events, food fairs, traditional skills workshops and archaeological digs. There’s something for everyone and most events are free!

Contact: Phone: 056 – 7770777


August 19th – 22nd

Markree Castle, Collooney, Co Sligo

Writer’s Retreat / Fiction Writing Workshop
A 4 day Fiction Writing Retreat in a 14th Century Castle set in the heart of W.B.Yeats countryside. This is an exclusive residential Writer’s Retreat for the creative traveler and writers who want to discover and develop their writing skills as they source inner creativity and imagination through the medium of writing. The workshop is open to new and established writers.

Contact: Phone: 086 2523428



September 2nd – 5th

Strandhill, Enniscrone, Bundoran and Donegal

The 2013 West Coast Challenge is be played over the finest links courses along the West Coast of Ireland – Bundoran, Donegal, Strandhill and Enniscrone, each a superb test of the most ardent golfers skills and each magnificently situated against the rolling seascapes and mountain backed hinterland of Donegal and the Yeats Country.

Contact: Web site: www.westcoastchallenge.info/


Sligo Oktoberfest

October 2nd – 6th

The Oktoberfest will have the whole town buzzing while showcasting the wealth of musical talent that Sligo has to offer. To create that festival buzz 15 venues have come together to put on 48 events. Whether your preference is traditional, folk, rock, jazz, country blues, disco or funky alternative, we have it all. Just pick up a brochure in any of the hotels, pubs, cafes or the Tourist Information Office and you will be spoiled for choice. See website below for detailed programme.

Contact: Web site: Sligo Oktoberfest


Church Street Gallery
5 Church Street, Sligo. (071) 91 51779

Donaghy’s Pub
1 Lord Edward Street, Sligo. (071) 91 62417

Model Arts and Niland Gallery.
The Mall, Sligo. (071) 91 41405

Teach Ban Nue Contemporary Artists Gallery
Beside Saint Columba’s Church (site of Yeats’ grave), Drumcliffe, Co Sligo. (087) 7549760

The Cat and the Moon Gallery.
4 Castle Street, Sligo. (071) 91 43686

The Factory Performance Space.
Lower Quay Street, Sligo. (071) 91 70431

The Harp Tavern.
Quay Street, Sligo. (071) 91 42473

The Hawks Well Theatre.
Temple Street, Sligo. (071) 91 61518

Cleveragh Racecourse
Cleveragh Road, Sligo.


The Jazz Ladd’s play every Sunday in the Harp Tavern at 1.00pm, its not an excuse for a few Sunday afternoon drinks, this is a serious afternoon’s entertainment with a strong following, so get there early as the Harp Tavern is often packed to capacity.

Sligo’s Jazz Club Featuring Sligo’s premier jazz sextet and regular visiting guests in an intimate setting. Every second Sunday 4pm – 6pm [Bar Eile @ The Left Bank] Admission Free.

Trad Session Every Sunday night in Donaghy’s Pub.

Ceile Session Every Monday night in The Harp Tavern * visiting musicians welcome.

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