Secret Gardens Of Sligo

Secret Gardens Of Sligo provides a wonderful opportunity for all garden lovers to do what they enjoy most - peek over a wall, sneak through a gate, and explore an unknown garden to their heart's content. These hidden gardens, large and small and in some wonderful settings, offer inspiration, ideas and tranquility - a perfect day out.

The Secret Gardens range hugely in size, style and content, most are works in progress and many have been created on a shoestring, but they all have this in common: their owners are passionate about them



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Streedagh & the Spanish Armada

Streedagh Strand in north county Sligo is a beautiful location and also the site of significant underwater archaeology. Here beneath the waves lie the remains of three great Spanish ships, “La Armada Invincible”, dating to 1588

At this time the Spanish empire was expanding across Europe under the reign of King Phillip II, who formed the Spanish fleet, “La Armada Felicissima”. In September of 1588, a large number of already damaged ships fell behind the main fleet and were blasted onto the coast from Antrim to Kerry.

As a result, three of these ships, La Lavia, a Venetian trader of 728 tons, Santa Maria de Vison, a merchantman from Dubrovink of 660 tons and La Julianna, a merchantman from Barcellona of 869 tons, were wrecked at Streedagh.

The three wreck sites were first discovered in 1985 by an English diver group led by Stephen Birch and overseen by the maritime archaeologist Dr. Colin Martin.

If you are interested in learning more, you can contact maritime archaeologist Auriel Robinson of Seatrails for a guided walk at Streedagh.

Wath's new?

JOHNSTON COURT – “Fantastic offer from King Communications. Massive King Communications weekly competition. Any customer who signs up for one of our fantastic Broadband or TV packages will get entered into a draw to win a Brand New iPhone 6 32GB”


COLEMAN MUSIC CENTRE – “The launch of the 30th Joe Mooney Summer School brochure. All welcome”

BISTRO BIANCONI – “Freshly baked tomato and herb foccaccia, straight from the oven. Thanks to our wonderful pizzaiolo Federico!”

SLIGO SELF CATERING COTTAGES – “Local link Bus service Sligo to Rossnowlagh and return via Lissadell, Maugherow, Ballyconnel, Ballyscannell operating 4 times daily in each direction. Timetable and more info available here”

YEATS SOCIETY – “The Irish Writers Centre are offering three scholarships for this year's 59th International Summer School. We are delighted to have IWC as partners and we look forward to welcoming their scholarship winners to Sligo between July 19th and July 27th. The closing date for applications is May 25th at 5pm”

SLIGO TOURISM – “Looking forward to meeting old friends and new at the official opening concert of the 2018 Sligo County Fleadh.Venue: The SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL on the Strandhill Rd. Starting at 7pm sharp”

AWESOME ADVENTURES – “Kayak instructor wanted, must have all relevant qualifications. Email cheers Jimmy”

COACH HOUSE HOTEL – “LOOK! 2 X nights B&B with 1 evening meal: (Double or Twin Standard Room) €178: 2nd May -1st June; Wed - Fri inclusive: 5th June -29th June; Tue -Fri inclusive: 2nd July -31st Aug; Mon - Thur inclusive”

THE BEACHBAR SLIGO –  “Great days for drinks out side. Food served 12 to 8”

THE CAT AND THE MOON – “Congratulations to Rosses Point, Sligo who were awarded both Blue and Green Flag status yesterday by An Taisce.This is Lani's Surf Art interpretation of Rosses Point complete with camper van and metal man”

HAMILTON GALLERY – “Lily Lolly Yeats Festival at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. Still Life Watercolour Painting Class with artist Poilin Mc Gowan Fine Art. Inspired by author Elizabeth Corbet Yeats book on Brushwork Studies. Friday 15th June 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Cost € 15 materials supplied. Adults only class, places limited, please contact”

EXHIBITING ARTIST: DEIRDRE NELSON (Artist in Residence) EXHIBITION OPENING: 5pm – 8pm Friday 18th May Continues until 2nd June, 2018”

SLIGO PARK HOTEL – “IT'S TIME TO VOTE!!! The Wedding Journal Reader Awards are back for 2018 and Sligo Park Hotel are asking all of our valued customers past and present to VOTE for us”

TEMPLE HOUSE – “Slow cooked pork belly, smoked black pudding, scallop and carrot anise.  an amazing dinner served in an incredible place”

ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE – “Did you ever wonder how confined the mine is? It's a question we get asked a lot so we put this together for anyone not sure about their visit. Share with friends so they'll know too! Have a look and when you're ready to book go to”

ARD NUA VILLAGE – “We're delighted to announce that Bleeperbikes will be available at Ard Nua this Summer”

THE LOFT MANORHAMILTON – “CHEF REQUIRED! If you're an experienced chef with a great work ethic and passion for quality food then we'd like to talk to you. Please mail your CV to or just drop you CV into us”

ST.ANGELA’S COLLEGE – “Applications now open for training as a Special Needs Assistant. Applications should be returned on or before 28th May 2018”

OSTA CAFÉ’ – “Enjoy our organic lemonade in these summer days”

MULLANEY BROTHERS – “Sligo key rings & pens. Take a little Sligo home”

LYONS CAFÉ’ – “The sun is shining & our salad bar is looking fresh”

SUPERVALU MANORHAMILTON – “New Product!Wagyu Beef Burgers
€3 each or 2 for €5”

JMG TRAVEL – “Baltic cities & St.Petersburg. 17 night “no-flight” cruise from Dublin – Sept 18”


Aughris head, Dunmoran strand. Sligo’s Shangri La.

Aughris Head, also known as the Sligo’s Shangri La, is one of the most beautiful discovery points on the Wild Atlantic Way. Once found, it’s a magical place where you can imagine being lost in a Tibetan valley secure both from the world and from you, full of adventure.  The kids can have the run of the beach and search rock pools for “lost treasure” in the form of sea shells, unusual stones and crustaceans.

The Beach Bar Surf School run by Andy Hughes, who has been teaching for over ten years, caters from ages 8 up to 60. As it gets later in the evening and you’ve explored this earthy escape and got your appetite going, enjoy a freshly cooked meal and unwind in the Beach Bar.  The food is really good and prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients. You can also enjoy live music on Saturday, from Rock and Country to Traditional.

Tourism in Sligo is expanding and becoming more adventurous, Aughris Head offers several types of accommodation, from tents, caravans to a modern B&B.  All facilities are available, such as Wi-Fi, tv and showers. Whichever accommodation type suits your needs, you will feel home.

Read the entire article inside Discover Sligo Magazine.  Order you copy.


YEATS SOCIETY SLIGO -  We now have the Yeats Day programme!! Filled with poetry, performance, a little bit of Joyce and of course CAKE!! Note: booking required for Happy Birthday Mr Yeats Children Workshop with The WRITE STUFF Kids Club as well as 'To The Deep Hearts Core' boat trip with the The Rose of Innisfree Tour boat and harpist Michael Rooney. See details below.

COLEMAN MUSIC CENTRE - Patrick is playing locally in Kilronan Castle next Thursday May 17th. Doors open at 9 pm. Go along and support a worthy charity North West Hospice

OSTA CAFÉ’ AND WINE BAR - Good Morning Sligo!
Don’t forget- free parking in Sligo Town on Sundays! Ideal for popping in for Brunch (we are open from 9!) and then a spot of shopping!

AWESOME ADVENTURES - Kayak instructor wanted, must have all relevant qualifications. Email cheers Jimmy

COACH HOUSE SLIGO - Dear Guests, to each of you that shared the weekend with us thank you. To all the children who made their First Holy Communion, congratulations. We hope you enjoyed your day. Thank you for your continued support. Kind Regards.

ISLAND VIEW RIDING STABLES - First new arrival to the herd in 2018 delivered at 6am this morning: This Connemara filly foal is sired by "Ice and Fire D'Albran "out of our own "Torggen High Belle" (Dream) - what lovely day she picked to come into this world. Any suggestions for names are welcome!

SECRET GARDENS OF SLIGO - Hurray, hurray! The 2018 Secret Gardens season starts THIS WEEKEND!  Our first, fab garden is open tomorrow from 11am-5pm! Ardsoran at Lisserlough, near Boyle - Garden No.4
It belongs to artists, Saffron Thomas & Ian Stanley Tel: 086 869 1141
Directions: On R361 Boyle-Frenchpark, R after Saddlers Inn. After approx 2.5km keep R on big bend, take 2nd lane on R. Entrance just after first cottage. 
Sorry about the problems with our website folks, but we're trying to get it sorted. Our 2018 leaflets are now available from most garden centres, library etc etc.

THE BEACH BAR SLIGO - New advert from the Whiskey Producers of Ireland.

JOHNSTON COURT SHOPPING CENTRE - Emerald is the birthstone for May and Argento Contemporary Jewellery have a beautiful selection of jewellery. Perfect for anyone celebrating this month

LM SCULPTURE CENTREUpcoming exhibition: Made in Manorhamilton. Artist: Deirdre Nelson. Opening times: 5pm – 8pm Friday 18th May. Continues until 2nd June, 2018.

THE CAT AND THE MOON - The Lily Lolly Craftfest takes place next month. Some events have just been announced. If you are interested head over to their page to find out more as limited spaces are available.

TEMPLE HOUSE - A TripAdvisor Review just popped up. Happy Days.
..."Dinner was superb"...
..."Don't miss out on staying here as part of your Ireland getaway"...

SLIGO PARK HOTEL - James O Shaughnessy and Graeme Semple really looking forward to a wonderful night here.

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Hello everyone! How was your Bank Holiday? This week we want to show you a very spectacular place that you definitely cannot miss! Lissadell House!

Follow in the footsteps of W.B Yeats in wandering through this beautifully restored estate on the shores of the Atlantic. Childhood home of Countess Markievicz, Lissadell is the crucible of Ireland’s historic, literary & garden heritage. In fact, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall unveiled a plaque commemorating the Gore-Booth sisters Eva and Countess Markievicz at Lissadell in May 2015.

Lissadell house is a wonderful visitor experience for all the family, with woodland, river and seashore walks.  The house and gardens have always been a magical and enchanted place. Enjoy the different exhibitions and the best views.

The Countess Markievicz Exhibition was opened in 2007 and includes Countess’s Plans for the 1916 rising, written in a Polish notebook; her Civil War Sketches, her paintings, her political writings and even photographs of the young Constance Gore-Booth.

The Yeats Gallery at Lissadell was opened on 1st of August 2010 by poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen, who told a 20,000-strong concert audience that he had studied Yeats as a Small School boy in Montreal and was still inspired by him.

The Alpine Garden was created in 1740 as a pleasure garden attached to first house built by the Gore-Booths in the 1600s.  By the 1920s it was an exhibition garden for alpine and herbaceous plants collected and bred by Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, a noted horticulturist.

If you are interested in this article, you cannot miss our full article inside Discover Sligo Magazine. Click here to order

Don't forget to follow us on social networks for the latest updates on news and events! 

Here´s some local news too…

BISTRO BIANCONI – “We are hiring! Pop in and say hello with your CV, part time and full-time positions are available.”

COACH LANE SLIGO“We are hiring! Want to be part of our family? We are looking for a chef, a kitchen porter and a bartender to keep up with our expansion”.

HARGADONS“Check out our new range of Irish Whiskey, International Spirits, Local Craft Beers and some Cracking New Wines in the shop!”

CAT AND THE MOON“Beautiful new work of Annabel Langrish now instore. You can see more of Annabel’s work in our shop window.”

TEMPLE HOUSE“We are looking for a part time waitress. Any age. Hours are usually 7pm to 10pm. If you are interested, please email us

EAGLES FLYING – “Bird Shows start at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m every day lasting for approximately 60 minutes each.”

JMG CRUISE – “Sail direct from Ireland this year. Our 2018 departures are selling very quickly. With three of this years departures nearly sold out don't miss the boat for a hassle free "No-Fly" Cruise holiday.”

YEATS SOCIETY – “As always we will be celebrating Yeats Day in Sligo with poetry, music cake, and more. There will be many wonderful events around Sligo and in the Yeats Building for WB's Birthday. June 16th, 11am-1pm! Suitable for children aged 6-12. Price €10. To be booked in advance with Grainne.”

OSTA CAFÉ AND WINE BAR – “Please vote for Killian in the people’s choice category. He has already won the Ireland/UK heat in this very prestigious competition and deserves our support! S.Pellegrino Young chef 2018!”

COACH HOUSE SLIGO – “All kinds of yummy.  Serving food until 8pm”

CAT AND THE MOON – “Something to brighten up the 1st day of May. Beautiful new work by Annabel Langrish. You can see more of Annabel's work in our shop window”

CROSSBAR“Traditional Irish Sessions every Friday night for the Summer Months. We have some of the best musicians in Ireland playing throughout the weeks. Starting this week with Oisin Mac Diarmuda, Samantha Harvey and Friends. All Musicians and Singers welcome to come along for a night of "Ceol agus Craic!"

HAMILTON GALLERY“Autumn by Catherine Fanning, acrylic and link on canvas board 20cm x 14cm. Pathway Exhibition, in association with Bealtaine 2018. Gallery opening hours Mon to Sat 10am – 5pm.”

SLIGO PARK HOTEL“Introducing our new hazelwood restaurant.”

STRANDHILL LODGES AND SUITES“We are glad to introduce to you our new restaurant in Strandhill. Check out the menu from newly opened Stoked above The Strand Bar.”

ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE“Roscommon lamb festival takes place in May.”

SECRET GARDENS OF SLIGO“The WB Yeats rose is now commercially available to the public, although being a new rose, numbers are still limited.”

THE LOFT CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT“Mondays Carvery Specials. Enjoy our delicious Homemade steak burger served in an onion Gravy or beef and mushroom pie”

BEE PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE“Organic farmer market is available every Friday morning from 9am to 1pm”.

JOHNSTONE COURT SHOPPING CENTRE“Triple points weekend in boots! Receive Triple Points on your advantage card when you spend 40 euros or more in boots Sligo.”

THE TEA-SHED @ Glencar Waterfall“Have a read of this article about celebration of Leitrim. Make Leitrim your destination this summer. You can read it in

INISHMURRAY ISLAND TRIPS“Keith Clarke is the owner and operator of Inishmurray Island Tours and is the captain of the MV Fiona Tee. Groups are our speciality. Whether you are organising a small group of 5 or 6 or a large group of 20 or more, we can cater for your needs.”

LISSADELL CHURCH“Lissadell Church is delighted to welcome Sharon Shannon to our stage, on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 8pm. Remaining tickets available from, Drumcliffe Tea house, Grange Pharmacy, Veritas Sligo, The Corner Shop Maugherow or calling Heather on 087 1655880.”

ISLAND VIEW RIDING STABLES – “Island View offers a variety of different holiday riding packages ranging from short breaks to a full week's riding.  we have a holiday option for everybody: for complete beginners , for very experienced riders or for families and groups of  mixed level riders.

GLENCAR WATER “If you ever passing through Glencar where the water’s pure and still, come and see our gushing mountain spring, sit down and drink your fill”

ARD NUA ACCOMMODATION“Ard Nua Village for students is the perfect place to stay when studying in Sligo. It is set around some wooded surroundings just minutes from Sligo Institute of Technology and St Angela's College, and offers accommodation in town houses and apartments.”

THE COURTHOUSE – “In the old courthouse of the attractive village of Kinlough, Piero Melis’s little restaurant is a welcoming place and offers good contemporary cooking in the Mediterranean style, with some local influences.”

THE BEACH BAR“we have a traditional music session every Saturday night at 9,30 and all musicians are welcome to join in.”


MULLANEY BROS“The Sligo Collection of clothes is now available instore”



Hello! How are you? We hope you don’t have plans for this weekend because this week we’ve prepared a very nice spring plan. And if you have it, don’t worry, you can do it next weekend!

In the last post we showed you information about Rathcormac Market but, did you know there are three more weekend markets in Sligo area? If your answer has been “no”, here you have the perfect chance to know about it.

We start by showing you the Strandhill People’s Market. It takes place between 11am – 4pm on Sundays in Hangar One at Sligo Airport. It´s the best place for vegans because you will find special vegan products and organic skin care products, but also crafts, local honey, chocolate, herbs…

The Farmer’s Market is the best place to get fresh fish, meat, free range eggs, cheese or even flowers and French bakery! It is open between 9am to 1pm in the IT car park in Sligo.

And the last is Beltra County Market. There you will find only what the members produce themselves – a guarantee of homemade-produce. Beltra usually offers eggs, baking, vegs, honey etc. between 10am to noon and this charming old village hall has become a weekly social event and community hub.

HARGADONSNew stock! Wine & champagne; Irish whiskey; world spirits; local craft beer; premium tonics. Stop by and check out our new range of Irish Whiskey, International Spirits, Local Craft Beers & Some Cracking New Wines in the Shop!

COACH LANE: Gin-terested? Our new fav Pink Gin from @gordonsginuk and @fevertreemixers. Tag a friend to win 2 pink G&Ts for the weekend that’s in it 

COACH HOUSE SLIGO: Music this weekend! Saturday DJ, Sunday itchy and scratchy.

YEATS SOCIETY: At 7.30pm Alice Lyons performed her first duty as poet in residence, by reading her salute to Seamus and WB. Alice then introduced one of Ireland's outstanding poets.

JOHNSTON COURT: Great offers from Vila Sligo. Highwaist on offer until Sunday €19.99 and the singlet is just €14.9

COACH HOUSE SLIGO: Kids eat free promotion 1pm-6pm (t&c apply). Every Sunday from 1-6.To all the boys & girls making their Confirmation and First Holy Communion today, have a wonderful day. We look forward to sharing your day later

TEMPLE HOUSE: have launched a new 7 course tasting menu 😍and we have a voucher for 2 up for grabs at our auction this Thursday, May 3rd at The Glasshouse, 8pm. 

HAMILTON GALLERY: New exhibition! from 3 May - 2 June:  PATHWAY in association with Bealtaine. 

SLIGO PARK HOTEL: May Sale - 15% Off Bed & Breakfast rates.

BEE PARK CENTRE: This community centre has a host of regular and special events. check out the website. 

ARD NUA VILLAGE: If you are looking for student accommodation in Sligo for next year, then look no further. Ard Nua village is ideally located and offers great value for money.



Would your tour groups like to discover other places in Sligo to enjoy? There’s nothing better than the combination of markets, galleries and new cafés to sample; and that’s what we are offering you this week.

Every Saturday, you have the chance to visit the Rathcormac Market (between Sligo and Drumcliffe). Situated in a small town, this market is open every Saturday until 3pm and there you can enjoy a lovely street-market where you’ll find a treasure trove of food, a variety of arts, clothes, freshy cut garden flowers or even live music.

If that weren’t enough, the Market is building a new exhibition venue, and its location is surrounded by cluster of artisan shops in Branley’s Yard like The Vintage Lane Café. This place offers an intimate atmosphere for couples or friends, and a selection of newspapers and magazines for those who want a quite cuppa on their own.

If you need more info, don’t forget to follow Discover Sligo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on news and events!


BISTRO BIANCONI – Would you like to visit a little piece of Italy in the west side of Ireland? In a place called The Italian Quarter (Sligo city centre), Bistro Bianconi is a traditional wood-fired oven restaurant where you’ll enjoy the best Italian food.

AWESOME ADVENTURESIf you like sports and enjoy the nature, the guys from A.A offer you lots of them and for all sporting bodies. Whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, hiking, lake kayaking & canoeing. cycle hire, summer camps, stags & hen parties.

POPPADOM RESTAURANTWhat about travel From Sligo to Asia in just 1 second? Don’t believe it? Just cross the door of Poppadom restaurant and you’ll be in India. The smell of spices and delicious traditional dishes with exotic taste will transport you inside the streets of Bombay.

ISLAND VIEW RIDING STABLESDo you like horses? This family-run horse farm in the West of Ireland specialises in beach rides in Sligo and Donegal Bay. Drop in for a refreshing horse-riding experience on your journey along the Wild Atlantic Way.

BARTON SMITHIf fishing and camping is your passion you should visit this family run shop which has been trading since 1788. It is the main retailer of shooting, fishing and camping goods in the north west of Ireland.

EAGLES FLAYINGFor the ones who prefer it cuddly, there is also a large supervised Petting-Zoo. Here, visitors can get hands-on with guinea-pigs, pigs, rabbits, donkeys, foxes… even a four meters Python that makes a perfect scarf for at least 6 people at a time!!

CAT AND THE MOONMartina Hamilton, multi award winning jewellery designer is the proprietor of Cat and the Moon. She shares with you the stories behind their makers and their designs and hopes you will find a gift that truly resonates with you.

ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE Accompany an ex-miner on a tour which is literally a journey through a miner’s life. The dripping of water, the intensity of the darkness, the sight of the cramped areas in which the miners lay on their sides in pools of water, leaves visitors astounded that such working conditions existed until relatively recent times.


Few weeks ago, we published a post with a bit of information of who Yeats was. Now, we want to explain his influence and historic context in the emergent Irish Republic.  To explore this, three historians contribute different perspectives.

The first, TCD nominated Senator, David Norris said about 1916 that “Yeats said that he had “no hope of seeing Ireland united in his time”, partition was caused in the first place by 1916!” For Norris, the State has grown up considerably since Yeat’s time, and Easter Rising was only the beginning

The second guest is Gordon Lucy, a former chairperson of the Ulster Society and currently Deputy Master of Loyal Orange lodge 688 whose remit is to promote the Christian heritage of St. Patrick. Lucy reflects on the influence of the literature during 20th century, including Yeats and other poets and writers.  Lucy agrees with T.S Eliot: “One of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are a part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them”, emphasising the importance of Yeats in Irish’s history.

The third guest is Paddy McMenamin, an examiner with State Exam Commission. Paddy studied Yeats´ poetry during school and found it an important inspiration in his republican activities.  “He embodied a feeling of identity that we were denied in an unreconstructed sectarian statelet.”

If you are interested in this interview you cannot miss our full article inside Discover Sligo Magazine. Click here to order

Don't forget to follow us on social networks for the latest updates on news and events! 


OSTA CAFÉ “Now we open at 9 on Sundays!!! Come for brunch - or just a cup of our fantastic coffee!”

MULLANEY BROTHERS“New delivery of Sligo T-shirts… see instore or online”

BISTRO BIANCONI“We are looking for new talent for our growing team. Experienced and friendly, full time and part time waiting staff required”

LISSADELL HOUSE“Visit us and enjoy the spectacular Alpine garden, created in 1740 and restored since 2004. Today is a magnificent tribute to all the gardeners who have worked in it.”

COACH LANE“We’re so proud to say we won!! Best Wine Experience Prize Irish Restaurant Awards 2018. Thank you!”

COLEMAN IRISH MUSICThe Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen is delighted to announce the launch of our latest CD for The Coleman Archive titled “The Past is Another Tune”, produced by Gregory Daly.”


For many years, lots of tour coach companies have driven past Sligo traveling from Galway to somewhere like the Giants Causeway; but more recently discerning tour companies are discovering the wealth of tourism attractions that Sligo & North Leitrim have to offer.

If you organise tours to Ireland contact us at Discover Sligo & North Leitrim and we can gladly assemble a tour itinerary that can compete with anywhere in the world - and we mean that, it would be a world-class tour as this area has so much that can compete on a global stage.

For example:

  • Start with a private tour at the Temple House which goes back to King Arthur and the Knights Templar.
  • Take in the superbly restored Cromwellian Markree Castle.
  • Tour the richest area in Western Europe for megalithic Stone Age sites including what is possibly the world’s oldest building.
  • Tour Yeats country, the greatest poet in the world of the 20th century, according to TS Elliot, whom some academics argue has influenced English more than Shakespeare.
  •  And of course celebrate Countess Markievicz, the first woman elected to the British parliament.

This is just a sample of some of what Sligo & North Leitrim has to offer. Email us if we can help you when bring a group to the west of Ireland.  We provide:

  • Complete itinerary planning service,
  • Tour guides,
  • Relief drivers
  • And backup coach cover.

Beneath are snippets of news from some of Sligo and North Leitrim’s attractions:

Coleman CentreEnjoy the Irish music and culture at regular shows with best Irish musicians from all over the country.  

Tea-ShedVisit beautiful Glencar Waterfall and then recharge your energy with delicious cake and coffee before continuing your tour´s adventure in Sligo and Leitrim.

Lissadell HouseDon’t miss the spectacular exhibitions at historic Lissadell House, where you learn about women´s fight for equality, Waterloo, Yeats and much more.

Yeats SocietyIf you want an afternoon discovering rich Irish traditions, culture, concerts and art, you should visit the Yeats society and discover more about Nobel Laureate, W.B. Yeats.

Eagles FlyingNot everything is about culture! Discover nature with Eagles Flying.  A superb interactive Bird Show, unique and fun. You have never been that close to birds of prey!

Mullaney Bros A national gem offering international delivery on purchases.  A must-visit traditional quality outfitters store in Sligo´s town centre. 

Johnston CourtDo you like fashion? If the answer is yes, you should visit this pleasant ton centre mall and enjoy with the best shops for cosmetics, shoes, sports, clothes… All you need is there.

Osta Café –  Right on the riverside, this delightful café is an ideal place to relax with the best coffee and delicious fresh made cakes.

HargadonsFinish your day tasting a typical Irish dish. Distillation of panelled snugs, stone floors, clay jugs and bottled alcoves. Flawlessly preserved in a honeyed afternoon light, Hargadon Bros is a local institution.  A place for the best pint!


Vogue Magazine editor said Sligo is one of the best! Yeah! why not? We have all what you need to enjoy your holidays; and it´s not only Irish people who speak well about our county. We are referred to as one of the world´s best!

"A favourite with poets and artists for centuries thanks to its sweeping vistas and rich history of literature, Sligo is an Irish county not heard of as often as its Dublin and Galway counterparts, but with the same to offer in the form of unforgettable experiences"

"Wonderful for families [...] , but just as ideal for a romantic weekend away any time of year"

"...boutiques specialising in traditional tweeds and Aran jumpers (Mullaneys Brothers, O’Connell Street); handmade jewellery (The Cat and The Moon, Castle Street)"

"taking a long, rambling walk around Hazelwood Forest (bring a book of fairy tales as you can well imagine magic nymphs living here); experiencing the live music in one of the many drinking establishments (Hargadon Bros on O’Connell Street will scratch that traditional Irish pub itch)"

Scarlett Conlon, Vogue Daily editor


Let me show you more examples, with the latest news from Sligo & North Leitrim :)


Markree Castle Sligo - Weddings: Say “I do” in the stunning Gothic-style Markree Castle, set in the heart of the awesome Sligo countryside, on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is a truly authentic, relaxed and uniquely charming wedding venue, where you will find yourself immersed in unrivalled castle hotel comfort. 

Hargadons - They have a vacancy for a bartender. experience essential, immediate Start.  And also they now stock some amazing Brews from @TheWhiteHag , @LoughGillBrewer , @DonegalBrewing and @mescanbrewery

Mullaney Brothers - Offering the new new arrivals from Jack Murphy

Eagles Flying - Have a hawk land on your hand during one of our interactive displays, get a picture taken with one of our majestic eagles or feel the soft feathers of an owl.

Coleman Irish Music - Live Music next Saturday, 14th April at 8.30pm - Kieran Quinn, Seamie O'Dowd & John Joe Kelly

Osta Cafe - Yay! We have a new cheese supplier!!! The lovely and interesting Lisa from NY is milking goats & making cheese in her ancestral country of Leitrim!

Lissadell House‏ - Remember the Voice of Women Exhibition at Lissadell, celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage, includes a selection of 100 inspirational Irish women who have shaped Ireland, past and present

Bistro Bianconi - They are looking for new talent for their growing team!. They currently have vacancies for Full-time commis Chef and Full-time kitchen porters.

Awesome Adventures - New Summer Camp Dates for 2018 - and they so are recruiting a manager for this summer!

Sligo Park Hotel - Special Offers and Night of Music with the High Kings in Concert on Saturday the 21st of April 2018, 

Yeats Society Sligo - April 13th is the birthday of not one, but two, Irish Nobel prize winners – Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. For the first time, this joint birthday will be celebrated by the Poetry Circle with poetry, readings and a birthday cake... and also they have a job opportunity! STATUS: Community Employment Programme Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo ref: #CES-2067002

Seatrails - This Friday evening, they are doing their Carrowkeel Tombs Trail to earmark the beginning of summer! They will start around 5.30pm and the trail takes c 2 hours

Read more about amazing experiences you can enjoy this Summer in Sligo & North Leitrim, and why not send Discover Sligo Magazine to friends and family overseas!


Hello everyone! I hope you are looking forward to the Easter holidays …do you have any plans? If not, can we suggest something. What do you think about discovering the nature, fauna, flora and the hills of this beautiful area of Ireland? Every year, people from all over the world come to Sligo and North Leitrim to discover Ireland´s best hillwalking areas. 

Adam Jorgensen, who lives in Denmark, loves hill-walking and has spent many years to exploring this area. One of the main attractions for him when he started bringing groups of Danish visitors to Ireland was Benbulben. “I will never forget the happy smiles on the faces of the group when we reached the top, which is marked with a triangulation pillar” He said.

There is no doubt that you could spend weeks exploring this area. However, Adam told us just 90 minutes away there are the Slieve League sea cliffs, on the south west coast of Donegal. These are Europe´s highest sea cliffs (Not the cliffs of Moher!) You should not miss them!

If you want to know more about hill-walking and some of the best routes, we invite you to get a copy of magazine “Discover Sligo”.

Read Adam´s full article here.


Awesome adventures"We are looking for a Manager. qualifications: BCU level 2 coach.  / 3 star white water.   / Wilderness first aid.  / Code of ethics.  / Garda clearance.  / Foundation safety and rescue.  / Mountain skills 1 and 2. More info: 0868778716."

Cat and The MoonWe are getting eggsited for Easter. A nice Easter Gift!”

Temple House - "A new season at Temple House - We are excited to tell you that we reopen on Friday March 30th, just in time for Easter. "

Leitrim Sculptures Centres – “Workshops and masterclasses to advance skills and knowledge across all the main traditional and contemporary art. More info:”

Eagles Flying“If you miss our reopening show last Saturday, don´t worry. We are open EVERY DAY!”

Strandhill Lodge and Suites“Thanks to all our guests… 9.4 out of 10 on Booking Guest Review Awards 2017!!!”

Coleman Centre“1st April, 2018 at 8.30pm - The Kane Sisters in concert”

JMG Travel“12 night "No-Fly" Summer Cruise - 30th July '18 x 12 Nights”

Yeats Society“The Yeats Society Sligo enjoys sharing the building to promote spaces that inspire creativity and the arts. Two of our recurring events at the Building are The Poetry Circle with Paula Lahiff and Lunchtime Meditation with Joy O'Reilly.”

JohnstonCourt Shopping centre“Students are you fed up of running out of data? Check out the fantastic offers at the Vodafone Store.”

JohnstonCourt Shopping centre“Holland and Barrett have some great half-price deals on selected items”

Invited your friends go to Sligo & Noth's Leitrim this Summer sending the Discover Sligo Magazine


Hello everyone! Did you know that Sligo the richest areas in Europe for megalithic Stone Age sites? Some data points to evidence of social activity in Sligo for 10,000 years – as far back as 8,000 B.C!

During the last century, archaeologists from different countries came to study Carrowmore near Knocknarea.  This area has over 60 tombs and there is also a small exhibition centre. As Sligo´s most important site it represents the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Europe. Carrowmore is one of dozens of megalithic archaeological sites in Sligo. In 1939 a group of archaeologists began to explore the area of Creevykeel. There they found a Court Cairn contending a large gallery and three subsidiary chambers.

After visiting Carrowmore, the spectacular sight of Maeve’s Cairn atop Knocknarea is without doubt the place that you cannot miss! According to legend, this cairn is said to be the burial place of Queen of Connacht. It is considered bad luck to take a stone from the cairn but, if you bring a stone with you and add to the cairn… you will have good luck!

Read more about this remarkable period in history in “Discover Sligo Magazine”. Order your copy.


BISTRO BIANCONI: "Today is going to be a great night. Book now for a table: Table QUIZ!"

YEATS SOCIETY SLIGO: "Lucie O'Hara and Michael Cummins Exhibition Opened"

COLEMAN MUSIC CENTRE: "Concert at Coleman Music Center 24th March"

EAGLES FLYING: "Start of Season 2018 will begin this Saturday 24th of March"

SECRET GARDENS OF SLIGO: "Last chance for bareroot planting this year!"

JOHNSTON COURT: "shared Edge Clothing's post: Edge Clothing have a fantastic competition running over on their page"

COACH HOUSE HOTEL: "NEWS FLASH.... kids eat free every Sunday from 1pm- 6pm"

JMG CRUISE: "12 night "No-Fly" Summer Cruise - 30th July - Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar"

YEATS SOCIETY SLIGO: "JUL 19th The 59th Yeats International Summer School 2018"



This weekend is St Patrick’s Day.  Another Christian leader from a period just after St Patrick, who has very strong Sligo connections, is St Colm or, in Latin, St Columba.

Born 7th December 521, 30 years after St Patrick’s death, Columba was a model student and entered Clonard Abbey, Co Meath. He became one of the St. Finnian’s inner circle; later known as the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He also came upon a rare book of Latin Psalms written by St Martin of Tours and created an exact replica. Legend holds he made it ‘at night, in haste, by a miraculous light!

Finnian demanded he give him the copy, but Columba refused, reasoning that copies of the book were vital to the spread of Christianity. The matter went to the High King of Ireland, a relative of Finnian, who delivered the first copyright judgement in history: “To every cow her calf, to every book its copy”. The judgement ignited conflict between Columba´s and Finnain´s supporters, resulting in a battle at Cúl Dreinmhe (Cooldrevny), Drumcliffe. Columba, with the support of the men of Ulster, won the battle in which 3,000 people died.  Guilt ridden, Columba consulted his confessor, St Molaise on Innismurray, who sent him into exile to win as many people for Christianity who had died in the battle.  Thus, at a time when the Roman Empire was collapsing, began the spread of Christianity across Europe, laying the foundation for the Renaissance and “how the Irish saved civilisation”.  

Read more about this remarkable period in history in Discover Sligo Magazine. Order your copy.



· OSTA CAFÉ BAR: “We have been awarded the Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the month for December, 2017.” 

· ISLAND VIEW RIDING STABLES: “Planning a day out on St. Patricks Day? Start with the great outdoors and finish with a black one in the local pub!” 

· MULLANEY BROTHERS: "Now in stock just in time to celebrate st. Patrick's weekend. Sligo t-shirts €11.95 or 2 for €20, Sligo sweatshirts €25 or 2 for €39.95." 

· POPPADOM RESTAURANT: “We have been awarded the Yes Chef Asian Food Awards Ireland 2017 Restaurant of the Year!!”

· HARGADON BROS: Live music Friday nights”

· SECRET GARDENS OF SLIGO: “We are looking for some more gardens to add to our trail this year! Big or small, it doesn´t matter. Contact with us if you are interested. Thank you.”

· LISADELL HOUSE: “New Exhibition opening in Lisadell 28 March 2018 to mark the work of women for the emancipation of women through suffrage.” 

· STRANDHILL LODGE AND SUITES: “St Patricks Day in Strandhill - something for everyone!" 

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Keith McNair March 2018