Heritage Week is on from the 18th – 26th August and there’s a great variety of events taking place. Here are some of the Sligo highlights, you can find full details on the Heritage Week website.
200 years of Sligo Gaol. The friends of Sligo gaol are running tours of the gaol on Saturday 18th. As far as we know this is fully booked but check out their website to find out about their conference in September.
18th and 19th 10am – 4.30pm Out on the Ocean at the Carrowmore Visitor Centre. Cliadhbh O’Gibne from the Boyne Currach Heritage Group will demonstrate the ancient art of constructing a hide-covered boat using natural materials and techniques. Admission is free.
Wild Plant Foraging and Wildlife Walk with Forager Fred 18th August 4pm – 6.30pm meeting at the Doorly Park playground Carpark. Adult €10, children €5
Seatrails tour of Carrowkeel. 19th August. 11am – 1pm. €5 per adult, children free. Booking essential.
Tour of Temple House. 21st August 12.30pm – 2.30pm. All welcome, free event.
Water, nature, poetry and stories. A leisurely stroll meeting at 7pm 21st August at the floating pontoon, Doorly Park. Bring a poem or a story about the Garavogue River or Lough Gill to share on the walk.
A guided tour of Sligo Old Cemetery with Sligo Tidy Towns. 21st August 7-9pm. Meet at the old Sligo cemetery gate on Pearse Road. Free admission.
Sligo Field Club have several events taking place for Heritage Week including tours of Monasteraden, Gleniff Mining Valley, Sligo’s forgotten castle and a special evening of The Rambling House.
Tour of Ballintogher and surrounding areas on 23rd August at 7pm. Free event.
Bats and their allies. A short talk about bats followed by a bat walk along the river. Meet at Stephen Street Carpark. 8pm – 10.30pm 23rd August.
Sligo Bahamas 12 – 2.30pm A geological tour of Sligo town, with an introduction to the geology of North Sligo with the help of Sligo town building walls. Free event
Lily Yeats Birthday. Lily (Susan) Yeats, sister of WB Yeats, celebrates her 152nd birthday with readings from her diaries and scrapbook at her original davenport desk in the Yeats Building, at 1pm and 3pm. Free event
The Sligo Dark Tales walking tour walking tour on Saturday evenings 7.30 pm €10 booking advisable
Free events on Sunday 26th August
2-4pm Discover the Knoxpark Viking Settlement on the Ballisodare River. Free event
3 – 4 pm The Old Market Street Swing Band will play at Sligo Abbey. Free event
3-5.30pm Dolly’s Cottage Heritage Day. Free event
All the events that require booking have links. There are lots more events taking place which you can find out about on the Heritage Week website.