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
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 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Onur Türkmen & Yurodny Ensemble  – Sailing to Byzantium Sailing to Byzantium is a very special performance created especially for The Model on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of The Niland Collection. It is a …
The Model
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 @ 10:30 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
Jul 30 @ 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 30 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
The Poetry of Nick Cave The Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, is best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His lyrics simmer with Biblical prophecy, violence, beauty & humour. In the …
Hawk's Well Theatre
Jul 31 @ 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
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm
6:00 pm
The Cormorant A Broadsheet of Prose & Poetry The Cormorant publishes work from both established and emerging writers. Launched during Tread Softly 2018, The Cormorant is now in its third issue and will have published over …
The Factory
8:00 pm
Arán & Im: Manchán Magan Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread for 70 minutes while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language – exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the …
Hawk's Well Theatre

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.

Bog Cotton by Rebecca Jobson