Its’ always a curious thing this fascination with visiting famous people’s graves but most of us love to do it, W.B Yeats knew what he was doing when he picked Drumcliffe as his final resting place and it’s sure worth a visit.
2. DOWN A PINT ON CONEY ISLAND
Coney Island can be accessed by boat, or foot when the tide is out. The pint in McGowan’s pub is legendary and don’t worry about getting lost: it’s the only pub on the island.
3. ARISE AND GO … TO INNISFREE
Innisfree Island on Lough Gill is not accessible but there is a boat trip out to it from 17th Century Parke’s Castle or you can drive around the edge of the lake.
4. GET MEDIEVAL
Sligo has some of the best examples of megalithic and Neolithic tombs in the country – Carrowmore and Carrowkeel are two of the best
5. CATCH A WAVE, DUDE
Sligo has a seriously cool surfing scene with the heart located at Strandhill and Enniscrone. Or head up towards Mullaghmore and watch how the big boys and girls do it (from the safety of your car parked on the headland).
6. GO STRANDHILL
Even if you are not into surfing you have to visit Strandhill; walk the beach, chow down at Shells, chill out in a seaweed bath at Voya, relax in front of the fire or take in a session at The Strand or lick an ice cream from Mammy Johnston’s.
7. VISIT QUEEN MAEVE
Hike up to visit Queen Maeve’s grave at the top of Knocknarea. Don’t forget that it’s bad luck to take a stone from the cairn but good luck if you bring one with you to place on it: just make sure it’s not too heavy.
8. WALK THIS WAY
There are countless beaches across the county for long, solitary walks but try to find some of the hidden gems, including Culleenamore, Streedagh and Dunmoran. Or try some of the countless woodland trails including breath-taking Hazelwood and Union Wood.
9. STEP BACK IN TIME
Sligo Folk Park in Riverstown provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th century. Dolly’s Cottage is also worth a visit: it is a 200-year old traditional, thatched cottage in Strandhill.
10. DRIVE THE HORSESHOE
Source: Sligo Champion
The Sligo Secret Scripture Trail, is a literary & local history tour based around Sligo Town. The award winning author Sebastian Barry, set his novels in Sligo at the time. This tour will take you through the streets of Sligo where the characters walked, combining the books and social history. This event takes place on Sunday, August 20th, at 11am from Sligo Tourism Information.
2. SLIGO RUGBY CLUB RACES DAY
Sligo Rugby Club’s day at the races takes place on Tuesday, August 22nd at Sligo Racecourse. Kicking off from 5pm, the first race goes off at 5.20. Tickets and more at countysligoraces.com.
3. JASON WILBER
The Roots Room Presents Jason Wilber at Bourbon Bar today, 15th August. Doors are open at 8.30pm adm. €15. Jason Wilber is an American singer, guitar player, songwriter, and recording artist. In addition to his work as a solo recording artist, he is also known as the long time lead guitar player for singer-songwriter John Prine.
4. PADDY MCCARRICK ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
The Blue Lagoon vs Sligo University Hospital charity match in aid of the RNLI and other charities in memory of the late Paddy Mc Carrick on Saturday. Kick off at 3pm in The Showgrounds. Presentation, BBQ and music in the Blue Lagoon afterwards. All welcome big and small. Sponsorship cards are available from Mick 087 766 8146 or Lisa 086 400 9060.
5. SATURDAY KIDS EVENTS
Quayside Shopping Centre in Sligo hosts free kids events every Saturday from 2pm-5pm. This Saturday’s workshop focuses on puppetry, which is sure to be lots of fun for all the children. Admission is free and no booking is required.
6. THE MURPHY BEDS
The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements bouzouki, guitar, mandolin at The Model on Saturday, August 19th. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.
7. HIGH WINGS MOVE SLOWLY
The opening reception of High Winds Move Slowly at The Model will take place on Saturday 19th of August at 5pm and will be marked by a gallery conversation between Arno Kramer, Henk Visch and curator Patty Wageman. This is very special two-person exhibition with these two Dutch artist. This show, which is curated and toured by the Museum De Buitenplaats in the Netherlands, marks the first time that these two artists have been brought together in one exhibition.
8. SUMMER SESSIONS AT COLEMAN CENTRE
Then Session experience continues every Wednesday night through August at the Coleman Music Centre in Gurteen. This stage show features the resident group showcasing traditional music at its best as enjoyed by generations over many years.
9. CRAZY JANE
Crazy Jane at the Hamilton Gallery continues until September 2nd. Ninety two visual artists from all over Ireland bring their own contemporary visual reflections to bear on Yeats’ most potent and visceral female foil Crazy Jane.
10. HERITAGE WEEK
Events take place across Sligo for heritage week, starting on Saturday. Events include guided walks, talks, tours and much more. Check out heritageweek.ie for more information.