Calendar

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 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
1:10 pm
As part of a new Trad@lunch series, the JP Trio perform together in the theatre foyer. Trad@lunch is the Hawk’s Well Theatre’s new summer series of traditional music sessions taking place in the theatre foyer …
Hawk’s Well Theatre
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths…I would spread the cloths under your feet WB Yeats suggests that no matter how humble our beginnings there are no limits to where our dreams can take us. Inspired …
City Hall
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Johnny’s songs are sung worldwide in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Mary Black and hosts of other Irish and international singers. His song The …
Hawk’s Well Theatre
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
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 @ 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
12:45 pm
The Hawk’s Well presents the third in the series of summer lunchtime theatre episodes of the old time radio sitcom favourite Easy Aces. Witty, light, and small enough to fit into your lunch break. Join us …
Hawk’s Well Theatre
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 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
1:10 pm
As part of a new Trad@lunch series, Elsa, Jos & Ted Kelly perform together in the theatre foyer. Trad@lunch is the Hawk’s Well Theatre’s new summer series of traditional music sessions taking place in the …
Hawk’s Well Theatre
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 …

Sponsors

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 www.wildatlanticway.com