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A rundown on some of the main scheduled events*

As we roll into June, we felt it was a good time to share some information on upcoming festivals in the local area and also provide some updates on what’s going on and planned in Thomas Connolly’s for the summer months.

Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2016 2-5 JUNE

Today marks the start of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival for 2016. 10,000 fans are expected to arrive in Rory Gallagher’s home town of Ballyshannon over the next 4 days. Once again, there’s a strong lineup of great acts. Our Monday night regular Seamie O’Dowd takes his band to the festival for what’s sure to be a memorable performance. More information regarding the festival can be found here

New Road - JUNE 08 - Hawkswell Theatre

Next Wednesday is set to be a great night of live music at the Hawkswell Theatre here in Sligo. New Road were formed on the back of the success of Leonard Barry’s 2013 release of the same name, which was released to critical acclaim “music as it should be” (fRoots) . Featuring some of our household musicians including Leonard Barry, Rick Epping, Seamie O’Dowd and Andy Morrow.

New Road will be joined on the night by Cathy Jordan of Dervish and The Unwanted and one of Ireland's leading Vocalists. Shane McGowan of Sligo on Guitar. Also joining will be Bill Whelan, five-string banjo and bodhran legend Ringo McDonagh, ex De Dannan. This is sure to be a great event. More information regarding the performance can be found here

Sea Sessions - JUNE 24th. - 26th

The now established Sea Session surf & music festival returns to the beachfront of Bundoran towards the end of June. Sea Sessions is one of Ireland’s most highly respected small festivals and is widely recognised as being the country’s premier music, camping and surfing event. For ticket sales and information regarding the festival, check out their website here

Sligo Camino SAT, 2 JULY Coolaney

The first Saturday in July sees the return of the Sligo Camino. Trek 34km from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim to Coolaney, Co. Sligo and discover the Sligo Camino through some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland. Places are limited and filling up, so if you are interested in taking part in this great event head over to their website here to sign up.

Cairde Summer Festival - 5th - 10th JULY 2015

The dates are set for this year’s Cairde summer arts festival. While the programme is still to be finalised, this is set to be another great event. Labelled a celebration of cultural diversity and inclusion, the Cairde summer festival is set to appeal to young and old. Information related directly to the festival can be found here

Tread Softly - WB Yeats Festival 24-07 - 05-08-2016

We are now into the fifth annual Tread Softly festival held in and around County Sligo. This is a programme of events inspired by the Yeats brothers, William and Jack. In a unique year celebrating 150 years since the birth of William Butler Yeats , this year's festival is set to concentrate on the writer. There is a full programme of events over the 10 days. More information regarding the Festival can be found here

When putting together this blog piece, it’s evident there’s a lot happening in and around the North West. In our bar we’re also getting set for summer by updating our live music schedule for the summer months. Through June, July and August we’re going live music 7 nights with a great mix of acoustic, Traditional Irish music, Swing Jazz and Trad. fusion. Saturday nights are left open for touring musicians and special guest performances throughout the summer months. We'll keep you posted on these as they are announced.

We’re very fortunate to have such a talented lineup of musicians living locally and we’re equally as excited to have them join us regularly in our historic pub. You can download our full schedule from our website here

Music aside, we’ve also been busy designing new Whiskey and Craft beer menus to accommodate our ever growing range of drink choices. When it comes to whiskey, we're putting together a strong Irish and Scottish single pot distilled and single malt aged range. Tasting notes and select tasting platters are also available. As part of our offering, we also offer a number of whiskey infused hot drinks. Not that they're needed in this good weather!

With craft beer, we have a number of rotational taps of craft on draught and a growing bottle range, that sees updates arriving weekly. We believe in choice and so our range also has gluten-free and non-alcoholic options.

More recently in the bar, we've also starting extending our collection of hand crafted and small batch distilled gins. We've had some exciting new bottles recently arrive in from Dingle and Drumshambo distilleries. As we get ready for world Gin day on the 11th. of June, we'll have a growing range on show and pouring.

Summer has truly arrived in the North West along the Wild Atlantic Way. Come join us.

Other events of interest:

  • Sligo stages rally - 10th JULY 2016

  • Sligo Jazz Project & International Summer School Festival - 19th - 24th JUNE.

  • Sligo races race meeting dates

    • Sun 10th July - Family Day

    • Wed 3rd August (Evening)

    • Thur 4th August (Evening) - Ladies Day

    • Tue 16th August (Evening)

  • Sligo Summer Festival - 7th. - 8th August

  • Warriors Run Festival 20th of August.

*Dates and schedule correct at time of publishing. Subject to change. Some information sourced directly from event pages.

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