9th February-17th April
90th Feis Shligigh 2019
Various Venues in Sligo Town
Founded as a Gaelic Feis for Connaught. This competition runs over several weekends with Irish dancing, music & language as well as classical music, English verse speaking and drama.
The National Football Exhibition
City Hall, Sligo
This Free Exhibition is made up of six zones, with each zone designed to give you an overview of the different aspects of football in Ireland, some of your favourite and most memorable National and International moments and a look at some of the most iconic moments over the last 60 years of The EUROs. The zones will be made up of memorabilia displays and interactive stations with videos, quizzes and an opportunity to step up to the mic and record your own commentary. www.fai.ie
16th & 17th February
Guided Walks with Seatrails
16th- SPANISH ARMADA TRAIL
Join Auriel for a brisk walk on a gorgeous stretch of Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way if you want to get a blast of fresh sea air, see some ancient fossils, archaeological sites and pretty flora. Hear all about the hugely famous story of the ill-fated fleet of the mighty Spanish Armada .
17th – YEATS TRAIL Start the day at the scenic village of Rosses Point, just 15 mins drive from Sligo town and where William Butler Yeats, Jack Yeats and their sisters, Lilly and Lolly Yeats spent their summer time childhood years. They were fond of this seaside village.
Western Drama Festival
St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, Sligo
The Western Drama Festival, Tubbercurry was founded in 1944 and ever since hosts annual full length and one-act drama festivals for amateur drama groups from the 32 counties who present their plays in competition and whose aspiration is to qualify for the All-Ireland Drama Finals and win and All-Ireland award.
World Book Day. Books and Hot Chocolate
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
To celebrate World Book Day children will meet to talk about brilliant books and fantastical characters. Children will take part in a fun craft making activity and enjoy an entertaining storytelling session with a tasty hot chocolate.
St Patrick’s Day Parade Festival
Sligo Town @12noon
A street parade to celebrate all that is Irish, fun, for all the family on this National Holiday. Local talent Irish Music and much more.
For a list of all the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Co. Sligo you will find a listing on www.discoverireland.ie
St Patricks Day 10km Road Race
Annual St Patrick’s Day 10km Road Race.
Enjoy a 10k/5k chip timed St Patricks Day run. Suitable for both the serious runner and for those wanting to just have some fun.
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
Sligo Ploughing Match
The 71st Annual Sligo Ploughing Match and Fun Dog Show will take place in Chaffpool, Tubbercurry. Events on the day will include vintage, conventional and horse and donkey ploughing and toy digging competition.
West of Ireland Golf Championship
Rosses Point Golf Club, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
The Inaugural West of Ireland Open Championship.
It is now the first major competition on the Amateur Golfing Calendar and is the Traditional start of the competitive season for Leading Amateur golfers.
Sligo Dark Tales Tour
Riverside Hotel, Sligo
Explore Sligo’s dark history on a walking tour revealing Sligo’s turbulent past with stories of the undead, executions, jail-breaks, disease and other macabre tales.
Sligo Feis Ceoil
Various venues in Sligo Town.
Since its inception in 1903, Sligo Feis Ceoil has welcomed and rewarded the finest musicians, artists and thespians to Sligo. Boasting a wide range of categories, Sligo Feis Ceoil is a renowned platform for budding artists and established talent to compete against like- minded and gifted individuals. www.sligofeisceoil.ie
Carney Lissadell 10km Run, Walk & Kids fun run
Oxfield Park, Carney
One of the best 10k events in the Athletics calendar in the Northwest. Registration from 9.30am. The race will follow the traditional majestic route through the famous Lissadell Estate.
Sligo Races-National Hunt Day
Sligo Racecourse, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Peaky Blinders Day at Sligo Racecourse, which is a right-handed track situated on 56 acres overlooking Ben Bulben in the heart of Yeats Country. Prizes for the best dressed on the day.
Sligo Summer Festival 2019
Stephen Street Car Park, Sligo
The summer Festival is back for the first of two exciting events this year. An amazing line up of acts is sure to entertain Sligo over the Bank Holiday celebration. This is a family friendly event and due to its reasonable entry charge it is always a rip-roaring success.
Sligo Soap Box Derby
Pearse Road, Sligo
The Havin’ a Laugh Soapbox Derby will be held in conjunction with the Sligo Summer Festival. For this soapbox derby the whole community will get involved and build their own soapbox racer and enter a team. The soapbox derby will be a fun event for both participants and spectators. Families and visitors can enjoy the show.
“My Old Hometown Gurteen” Country Music Festival!
Teach Murray, Gurteen, Sligo
The festival Takes place in a Marquee in the Grounds of Teach Murray with a capacity of 1000 people. The weekend is named after a song of the same name (“my old hometown Gurteen”) by Gurteen native and country music star Patrick Feeney. The event was a huge success in 2018 and promises to be even better in 2019. we have a great line up for the weekend including Olivia Douglas, Michael English, Aoife McDonagh, Stuart Moyles, Ciaran Rosney, Philomena Begley, Carmel McLoughlin and of course Patrick Feeney.
Sligo International Chamber Music Festival
Drumcliffe & The Model, Sligo
Sligo International Chamber Music Festival is a highlight in the annual calendar of music events. Under Artistic Director Tim Vogler, the festival offers the opportunity to experience high standards of programming through a fresh choice of artists performing.
Innisfree Wheelers Classic
Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Choose from two routes of 60km and 120km taking in the breath-taking scenery of Counties Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. The course is designed to be suitable for good steady leisure riding, as there are no categorised climbs on any part of this scenic course. Cyclists will witness spectacular views of Knocknarea Mountain, Lough Gill, Lough Allen, Lough Key, and The Ox Mountains and Arigna Mountains.
2019 Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival
Rathcormac, Co. Sligo
Now in its 13th year, the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival 2019 brings together some of the country’s finest Sean Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. It runs from May 6th to 12th 2019 in the shadow of the famous Benbulben mountain in the heart of Yeats Country, Co Sligo. The festival has something for everyone, both young and old. Why not immerse yourself in a feast of traditional culture and see some real community spirit in motion.
Darkness into Light
IT Sligo, Knocknarea Arena, Sligo
Darkness into Light is the annual walking event and fundraiser held, primarily, across the island of Ireland but also takes place in locations around the world. Participants meet before dawn at 4.15am and walk or run for 5km to meet the sunrise.
Irish Amateur Open
Co. Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point
This is the undoubted highlight of the Golf year. It is the return of The Irish Amateur Open to Rosses Point Golf club for the first time since 1950. The premier competition for amateurs nationwide, Co Sligo is delighted to host such a prestigious event.
Sligo Racecourse, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Sligo Racecourse is a right-handed track situated on 56 acres overlooking Benbulben in the heart of Yeats Country.
Free Guided Walking Tours
A two-hour free guided historical walking tour of Sligo town. This is a truly informative tour with a range of top class local guides. Learn all about the history of Sligo, the architecture, the people, the food…the list goes on. The guides tell stories to bring the past to life and some will even play a tune or two. Ask one of the travel advisors for more information.
1st – 3rd June
Sligo County Fleadh
Mercy College, Chapel Hill, Sligo
Sligo County Fleadh is a competition that takes place annually and incorporates, Irish dancing, music, song and storytelling. There are also a number of events in different locations around the town including the Oiche Gaelach with caint, ceoil agus craic, Seisiún Mór, Ceilí Mor & Street Seisiún!
Oxfield Centre, Carney, Sligo
It promises to be another busy summer at the Oxfield Community Centre in Drumcliffe. The big event of the year – the annual Oxfield Family Funday Monday from 2 to 5pm. Last year’s event attracted almost 1,000 people through the gates, and this year’s event promises to be just as good. Don’t miss this great family day out.
Music for a Summer Evening
Sligo Abbey, Sligo
Sligo Orpheus Choir present ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’. The singers of the Orpheus Choir will charm you with a delightful programme of music, perfect for a summer’s evening in a beautiful outdoor setting with perfect acoustics.
10th-16th June (tbc)
Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that is great about bikes and cycling. Held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland.
A birthday celebration for Ireland’s national poet; with music, talks, poetry, cake and a trip to The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Lily Lolly Craftfest
The Lily Lolly Craftfest invites you to celebrate the legacy of Susan and Elizabeth Yeats affectionately known as Lily and Lolly. The festival provides an opportunity to learn more about the history of craft in Ireland and encourages participants to increase their skills through a series of craft workshops.
Paddy Killoran Traditional Music Festival
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
The Paddy Killoran Traditional Music Festival is held on the third weekend of June each year in Ballymote Co. Sligo. Paddy Killoran is regarded among Sligo’s greatest fiddlers and the Festival features Irish traditional music, song and dance events throughout the weekend to commemorate his memory and musical legacy.
10th Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival
Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Sligo’s Maritime Village is hosting the Annual International Festival. Lots of fun with a great standard of music, song, poetry and performances.
Sligo Racecourse, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
It is Active Retirement Day at Sligo Racecourse. It is a right-handed track situated on 56 acres overlooking Benbulben in the heart of Yeats Country. Flat & national hunt racing.
Knocklane Festival Weekend
Knocklane Festival weekend is hosted by Benbulben Comhaltas. A great weekend comprising of music, song, dance and workshops along the Wild Atlantic Way.
GloHealth Mullaghmore Sprint Triathlon
Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo
Mullaghmore will celebrate the 19th running of its iconic triathlon on 22nd June this year. Probably Ireland’s most scenic triathlon, this event has grown from a small event in 2000 with just 40 competitors to one of the country’s most popular triathlons with upward of 500 racing. For many, the race offers a first time to dip the toe into the sport of triathlon with its extremely popular short course swim option whilst for others, the legend of Mullaghmore Tri has made this race a bucket list event attracting triathletes from the four provinces and beyond our shores.
Warrior of the Sea 6km
Rosses Point/Strandhill, Co. Sligo
An open water challenge for the adventurous swimmer. 6km of Wild Ocean, swirling tides, thunderous waves and spectacular surrounds stand in the way of becoming a Warrior of the Sea.
Strandhill Show & Craft Fair
Lisheen, Strandhill, Sligo
The Craft Fair at Strandhill Show is one of the longest established country craft fairs in the region. Having begun its life under blue canvas awnings secured to the ancient stone walls of the Lisheen farmyard, it now flourishes in a huge marquee, providing colour, interest and entertainment whatever
Benbulben Country Music Festival
All roads will lead to Grange Co Sligo on Sunday, 7th July 2019 when some of Ireland’s biggest Country and Irish acts present an incredible day of entertainment at Monsignor Hynes GAA Pitch. Featuring a stellar line-up of legends, including: – Michael English – Patrick Feeney – Derek Ryan -Mike Denver -Jimmy Buckley & Cliona Hagan. Following on from the hugely successful 2018 Festival, The Benbulben Country Music Festival will again be the biggest and best Country Music festival in the North West in 2019. The Village of Grange is situated beneath majestic Benbulben on the N15 halfway between Sligo and Bundoran.
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