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Plentiful July in the North West

As we enter into July, summer events in the North West are in full swing. It’s great to see so many visitors in the area enjoying what Sligo town and County have to offer.

This week sees the launch of the 2016 Cairde Summer Festival with a full programme of events running through until Sunday 10th July. This festival is one for all the family with a great programme of music, visual arts & crafts, theatre and food. See the full programme of events over here.

This weekend is set to be a busy one in Sligo with a daytime family race meeting at the Sligo Races on Sunday and the Sligo Stages rally scheduled for the same day. Sunday also marks the closing of the Cairde Festival where one of our resident musicians, Leonard Barry, plays as part of a music and live art performance at the Model devised by Donal Dineen.


All roads lead to Tubbercurry from the 10th to 16th July for this year’s South Sligo Summer School. Celebrating its 30th year, the Summer School programme includes a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks and masterclasses as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions. A number of our regular musicians including Rick Epping, Leonard Barry, Jarlath McTernan and Seamie O’Dowd will feature as tutors during the week long summer school. For full programme information please visit their website here.

For Jazz lovers, the annual Sligo Jazz Festival returns between the 19-24 July. Like previous years, there’s an impressive lineup of local, national and international artists coming to town. You can get yourself access to the full programme here. We love the design work by local designer, Kevin Noone.


Sligo Jazz Festival

Off the back of the Jazz Festival, we launch straight into the Sligo Festival. This festival is set to be a celebration of all things art, music and culture, running from July 24th through to the 6th of August. There’s a growing list of musicians coming to town including The Stunning, Jerry Fish and the Strypes, matched by some great local talent. Our Monday night resident Kieran Quinn is one such artist, set to bring his ever impressive and popular themed nights to the festival. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for regular updates on happenings here.

Another piece of lovely artwork, this time by Sligo local, Gary Reddin.

The Sligo Festival

If that wasn’t enough, in our historic pub we continue to bring a full schedule of live music seven nights a week through summer. We welcome travelling musicians and locals alike, to join in on a song or two throughout the weeks. Why not capture the moment? Enter our summer photo competition with some great prizes up for grabs. Simply capture a photo of our pub on your smartphone and upload it to either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ThomasConnollySligo . Full details of our competition and our music schedule can be found on our website.

We also continue to bring in new craft beers on draught and by bottle, while also extending our range of premium whiskies and gins. Just yesterday the new Makers series from Jameson arrived in our pub. This is a unique range of true craftsmanship from the head blender, distiller and cooper of the famous Jameson distillery.

With so much happening, we look forward to seeing you around soon.

#LoveSligo #WildAltanticWay

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