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It's been a while since our last blog here. We're back with a review of some news from our historic pub and key events happening in and around Sligo. It's just a snapshot to an action packed summer schedule!

Our local theatre

We start with a look at some of the events happening in the Hawk's Well theatre on Temple Street. Last night the theatre played host to the launch of the 59th International Yeats Summer School Opening in conjunction with the Tread Softly Festival. Throughout July-August, the theatre plays host to some great shows and concerts as well as lunchtime theatre. For a full listing checkout their website here.

Tread Softly Festival

In its 7th. year, the Tread Softly festival is a programme of events inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers, Jack and William, and the landscape and stories that inspired them in County Sligo. As part of the festival, we're delighted to be joint sponsor in an event 'The Cormorant, A Broadsheet of Sligo writing'. The festival runs for 10 days from the 19th. to the 29th. of July. To Find out more and download the festival schedule, please see here.

Sligo Jazz Project

This year's festival is tipped to be it's biggest yet with a full summer school of Jazz workshops and an action packed line-up of both free and paid gigs throughout venues in Sligo. Highlights include Joe Dart, Liane Carroll & friends, Brian Byrne's Goldenhair & the SJP Big band. The festival runs form the 24th - 29th of July. To find our more, visit their website.

Best wishes to Sligo Jazz Festival

Sligo Summer Festival

This year's Sligo Summer festival returns to Stephen St. carpark with a full line-up of both local and national musicians over 4 nights. Our Monday night resident musician Kieran Quinn brings his popular theme nights to the stage on the first night of the festival, Thursday the 9th. of August. Other popular acts include Mick Denver, Mundy and Paddy Casey. Check out their Facebook page for the most up to-date details.

About our pub

We've had a busy period introducing many new premium whiskies, gins and craft beers to our growing collection while also extending our Thomas Connolly branded merchandise offered both in our pub and online.

When it comes to craft beer we've finally got around to introducing our very own Thomas Connolly Pale ale and Thomas Connolly Red ale. Both brews come about as a result of a collaboration with a local craft brewery, ensuring our beers are produced fresh and local. Pop in and try for yourself.

We've spent some time researching new whisky and expanding our range beyond Irish, scotch and bourbon with the introduction of a new extensive range of Japanese whisky. Highlights from our range including Nikka aged barrel and coffee grain and Hibiki masters select.

Nikka Japanese whisky at Thomas Connolly's Sligo

When it comes to new premium drinks and supporting local distilleries, we were delighted to hear about the new Vodka distilled by the Shed Distillery in Co. Leitrim. Sausage tree pure Irish vodka is made from the fruits of the kigelia tree and wild Irish nettle are distilled alongside Irish grains. It's already proven a popular choice amongst our local and visitors.

In the press

We were delighted to be recently contacted by Caroline Egan of Food for thought and featured on their website in an article that talks to our heritage, our approach to business and all we have to offer customers. You can read the full article if you wish here.

And finally, we finish on a high! Earlier this month word reached us that Thomas Connolly's was shortlisted in a number of categories of the 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards. We're very proud and honoured to have made the shortlist and represent Sligo at the final Gala Dinner on 9th October in the Galmont Hotel, Galway. Thank you to all for the continued support and helping us get this far. The full line-up can be found here.

That's all for now folks. Enjoy the continued great summer weather and be sure to drop in to see us next time you're out and about. Cheers!

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