Calendar

Jul 25 @ 9:30 am – 4:45 pm
9:30 am
Sligo County Museum Summer Opening Hours Tues – Sat 9:30am – 12.45pm, 2pm – 4:45pm Closed Mon/Sun Free Admission. Free Tours available on request. Just ask! The museum can accommodate up to 20 visitors and …
County Museum
Jul 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
11:00 am
Free Guided Walking Tour of Sligo Town Mondays to Saturdays from the Tourist Information Centre. Departs 11am. Returns 1pm. Free. The Rose of Innisfree Tourboat departs Doorly Park (new Jetty) daily at 1.30pm (3hrs) From …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
Jul 26 @ 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
10:30 am
Free Guided Walking Tour of Sligo Town Mondays to Saturdays from the Tourist Information Centre. Departs 11am. Returns 1pm. Free. Yeats Spectacular Tour Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm. €30/15 U12’s. Sligo Dark Tales Walking Tours …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
6:00 pm
The Battle Of The Battle Of The Book; nine stories in search of an ear. The Sandy Field Writers present a soundscape based on the legendary Sligo battle at Cúl Dreimhne, near present-day Drumcliff. Instigated …
The Factory
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
9:30 am
Peace Park Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi Part of a series of three workshops held over one day exploring mind and body in the outdoors. 9:30am | Meditation with Ven Lobsang Tobgyae Weather dependent. Wear comfortable, …
Sligo Peace Park
Jul 27 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
10:45 am
Peace Park Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi Part of a series of three workshops held over one day exploring mind and body in the outdoors. 10:45am | Igenyar Yoga with Fionnuala O’Hehir Weather dependent. Wear comfortable, …
Sligo Peace Park
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
11:00 am
Free Guided Walking Tour of Sligo Town Mondays to Saturdays from the Tourist Information Centre. Departs 11am. Returns 1pm. Free. Sligo Dark Tales Walking Tours Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-8.30pm. €12 Sligo Food Tours Saturdays 2pm-5.30pm. …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Peace Park Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi Part of a series of three workshops held over one day exploring mind and body in the outdoors. 12 noon | Wu Style (Short Form) Moving Meditation Tai Chi …
Sligo Peace Park
Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
1:30 pm
The Rose of Innisfree Tourboat departs Doorly Park (new Jetty) daily at 1.30pm (3hrs) From Parke’s Castle at 12.30pm and 3.30pm (2 hrs) daily for €20/10 U12’s.   Sligo Tourist Office Bookings and further information …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am
Walking Birds’ Mountain took place last year over one week. A group of visual artists and writers trekked across the Ballygawley Mountains with archaeological writer and folklorist Pádraig Meehan, explorating Sliabh Dá Eán, the ‘hill of …
The Nest
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
10:30 am
Free Guided Walking Tour of Sligo Town Mondays to Saturdays from the Tourist Information Centre. Departs 11am. Returns 1pm. Free. Yeats Spectacular Tour Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm. €30/15 U12’s. The Rose of Innisfree Tourboat …
Sligo Tourist Information Office
11:00 am
Walk with Rosaleen O’Grady Meet outside Centra, Maugherboy Walk Duration: 3 hours All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers participate at their own risk. Tread Softly accepts no responsibility. …

Welcome to Tread Softly

Welcome to the eighth Tread Softly festival, running from 25th July to 3rd August. This year’s programme of events is inspired by the landscape of County Sligo and the myths, stories and people associated with it.

Our highlights this year are Walking Birds’ Mountain II, an exhibition of the second collaboration between 13 visual and literary artists responding to the myths associated with Sliabh Dá Eán on the shores of Lough Gill. A major staged work by the Turkish composer Onur Turkman for the Irish Yurodny Ensemble presented by the Model. The Nine Queens, derived from a line in Yeats’ play On Baile’s Strand; nine sculptors will work with community groups at beaches along the coastline of County Sligo to create a series of sand sculptures representing the daughters of Manannán mac Lír,  sea god of Irish mythology. Muldoon’s Picnic, an evening of poetry and prose hosted by poet Paul Muldoon, presented by the Hawk’s Well theatre in association with the Sligo Yeats Society. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen, the annual invited artists exhibition of small works curated by the Hamilton Gallery. And the launch of the third edition of the literary broadsheet, The Cormorant.

Other features of the programme are To the Waters and the Wild a series of guided walks through the Sligo landscape; The People of the Hollow Hills, a talk on recent findings at Carrowkeel by archaeologists Robert Hensey and Pádraig Meehan; and The Bare Hazel a new Tread Softly arts participation programme including ‘Maugharow is a wilder place’ and ‘The Battle of the Books ‘curated by Sean Golden and Niamh McCabe respectively.

Tread Softly wishes to congratulate the Sligo Yeats Society on the 60th anniversary of the Yeats International Summer School, by whose kind permission their programme is also included in this booklet.

To download the Tread Softly programme please click here.

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