Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Lull, by Dublin-based artist Hazel Egan is primarily concerned with drawing. Egan’s practice addresses spatial and ontological concerns and is influenced by science, architecture and philosopy. Demonstrating a quiet and meditative aesthetic, the series of …
Hamilton Gallery
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
This exhibition presents an intimate look at the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists. The show features a considerable body of work newly added to The …
The Model
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Since 2015 and the Yeats 150 celebrations Hamilton Gallery has sought to engage with visual artists nationally with our annual small works exhibition. Each exhibition is themed around reinterpretation by visual artists of progressive and …
Hamilton Gallery
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm
10:00 am
The Model presents Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition. Building on the success of 2017’s successful partnership with The Model, this show will feature work from both Irish and international …
The Model
Jul 19 – Jul 29 all-day
12:00 am
Enniscrone Library invites you to enjoy the beautiful Enniscrone Coastal Walk while reading pages of a picture book displayed along the walk. Reading becomes a fun outdoors adventure for all of the family where storybooks …
Enniscrone Library
12:00 am
Enniskillen’s Happy Days and Sligo’s Tread Softly festivals come together for a cross-border collaboration celebrating the work of two great Irish Nobel Laureates: Samuel Beckett and WB Yeats. For a whole month, travellers heading down from Northern Ireland into …
Enniskillen Sligo Border
Jul 19 @ 9:30 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm
9:30 am
Waterboys musician Steve Wickham chronicles the story of his much loved but ill-fated Geronimo Grandini violin. This is a piece about loss. The loss of Steve’s beloved violin in an installation with bespoke film and …
Ballymote Library
Jul 21 – Jul 29 all-day
12:00 am
Find secret clues and treasures created by sculptor Martha Quinn. Martha carved hares (the new icon of the Sligo Way) and leaves from local flora as kilometre markings on the Sligo Way between Slish Woods …
Slish Wood Car Park
10:00 am
Morning walk Knocknarea with Martin Enright Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Meet at Yeats Building
12:30 pm
Lunchtime drama: Pot of Broth (in Irish, English summary provided) with lunch box included
Yeats Building
2:30 pm
Departs Doorly Park
3:00 pm
Afternoon walk with Seatrails Auriel Robinson – see the Wild Atlantic Way, Rosses Point. Full  59th Yeats International Summer School programme available here
Meet at Yeats Building


Welcome to this, the seventh Tread Softly festival. This is a programme of events inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers, Jack and William, and the landscape and stories that inspired them in County Sligo.

Highlights of this year’s programme include the launch of a new free literary broadsheet The Cormorant; an outdoor production at Hazelwood House of Yeats’ last play Purgatory by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company; Walking Birds’ Mountain, a collaboration between 13 visual and literary artists responding to the myths associated with Da En on the shores of Lough Gill; songwriter Johnny Duhan performing at Hawk’s Well Theatre; newly added portraits Yeats; A Portrait of a Family to the Model’s collection; and invited artists responding to WB Yeats’ poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death at Hamilton Gallery.
Also included here is the programme from the Yeats International Summer School that features recent winner of the International Dublin Literary Award, Mike McCormack; the posthumous launch of Dermot Healy’s Collected Poems; Leontia Flynn reading; and a play and discussion on One Hundred Years of Suffrage. Other features are To the Waters and the Wild, a series of guided walks throughout the county.
We are also pleased to announce collaborations between the Beckett Festival in Enniskillen and also the Heaney Centre in Bellaghy, Derry. The first of these collaborations sees Three Billboards (or more) a cross border collaboration featuring the works of WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett.
We hope there is something here for you and your family to enjoy!

Tread Softly…Team

The seventh Tread Softly… festival is programmed in partnership with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, and Sligo County Council in conjunction with the 59th International Yeats Summer School.

Acknowledgement. Thank you to all our sponsors.

in association with Sligo County Council , Fáilte Ireland, and The Wild Atlantic Way.
For more information on the Wild Atlantic Way visit