11:00 am
  Councillor Rosalleen O’Grady walks with you from Maugherboy to Gibraltor. Meet outside Merville Community Centre, Maugherboy. Duration 3 hours. All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers particpate at …
2:00 pm
  In partnership Ballisodare Community Council walk to the legendary site in Yeats’ poetry, associated with Pollixfen’s mill, where Yeats spent much of his childhood. Meet at bridge/handball alley. Duration 2.5 hours. All walks are …
Handball Alley/The Bridge Ballisodare
Jul 25 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
4:30 pm
Walk with Martin Enright to Yeats’ famous like of Isle of Innisfree along the shores of Lough Gill. Poetry expected – contributions welcome! Meet Slish Wood car park. Duration 2.5 hours. All walks are weather …
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2:00 pm
Sam Moore, archaeologist lecturer, has a keen interest in prehistory and passage tombs. Meet at Carrowkeel car park. Duration 3 hours. All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers particpate …
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00 am
  Of Yeats and Sailors A picturesque maritime village with tales of sailors and the Yeats family’s connections here. Led by Ann Joyce poet and writer & Willie Murphy Sligo-Bay RNLI. Meet at Harry’s Bar. All walks are weather …


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.
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