The Arts

In association with Sligo Today

Councillor Dara Mulvey Chair Ballymote-Tobercurry Municipal District makes a presentation to Billy Kilgannon, Chairman of the Western Drama Festival committee Billy Kilgannon Western Drama Festival Committee honoured

Added: 03/05/17 : 06:05:17

Chair of the Ballymote-Tobercurry Municipal District Councillor Dara Mulvey last month hosted a reception in Teach Laighne, Tubbercurry for the Western Drama festival committee.

Cllr Mulvey stated that it was a great honour to pay public tribute to one of the most valued institutions in South Sligo who have played a hugely important role and for 75 years have entertained and enthralled audiences of all ages.

The committee of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly yearly to host this festival deserve great credit for their efforts, and especially this year of 2017 as Sligo holds the title of the European capital of Volunteering.

Cllr Mulvey added that Sligo County Council will always aim to support local community-based events.

Places fill for Sligo performing arts summer camps

Added: 12/05/17 : 07:17:42

Children’s nationwide performing arts network Starcamp is reminding parents that places are filling up for its summer camps in Mercy College Secondary School, Sligo from 3-7th July and Colaiste Muire Secondary School, Ballymote from 14-18th August.

Now in its 10th year and supported once again by banana importers Fyffes, the week-long camps for boys and girls aged 4-12 are designed to teach performance and build confidence amongst those taking part through song, dance, drama and games.

Headquartered in Carrigaline, Starcamp will visit almost 200 towns across 32 counties this Summer. Interested parents can obtain further information on their website
Yeats By Candlelight

Added: 27/04/17 : 13:53:58

Following on from the huge success of their lunchtime performances of “Yeats By Candlelight” during the 2015 All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo and four subsequent shows that October, Sligo Drama Circle is delighted to announce a further two performances of the show this May. These performances will take place in the Yeats Memorial Building on Thursday May 4th and Friday May 5th at 8pm. Admission for the performance, which lasts approximately an hour, is just €5.

The show details the life and loves of W.B. Yeats with a special focus on the women in his life. The show begins with Yeats’ first meeting with Maud Gonne and proceeds to share stories and anecdotes of his friends and lovers. These stories are given context with reference to the political and cultural life in Ireland at the time, mentioning Home Rule, the Anglo-Irish Literary Revival and, of course, the Easter Rising in 1916.

The show is interspersed with extracts from nineteen different Yeats poems which illustrate the unfolding story. Many pieces of information about W.B. Yeats will be revealed of which many people may be unaware.

Well known historical figures mentioned during the course of the show include Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lady Gregory, Countess Markiewicz, Patrick Pearse, John Millington Synge, Seán Mc Bride, James Connolly, Roger Casement and many more.

Directed by Michael Leyden with technical direction by Fintan Whelan, the show is presented by three actors: Damien Quinn, Orla Mc Sharry and Máire Hynes. With live musicians and projections of the characters mentioned in the show, this will be a treat for Yeats lovers and everybody associated with Sligo. Little wonder that the show was greeted with standing ovations during previous performances.

Booking for the performances is not necessary, patrons can just turn up on the night of their preference.

Sligo Orpheus Choir presents “Music for a Summers Evening”

Added: 01/05/17 : 07:47:31

Sligo Orpheus Choir presents “Music for a Summers Evening” in the Canis Major, Clayton Hotel Sligo on Friday 12th May at 8 pm.

The concert will feature the music of John Rutter and (as we are planning a choir trip to Iceland later in the year) traditional Icelandic folk songs. Concert Goers will  enjoy this  venue with its high roof beams, beautiful original stain glass windows perfect acoustics and comfortable seating making it the ideal concert venue. why not join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening of Music.

Refreshments and a bar will be available during the interval and after the performance

Tickets are available from Liber Book O’Connell St, Hawkswell Booking office And Sligo Tourist Office O’Connell St.

They are also available online from