Sligo Sings


Today I joined a choir. Singing in public has been on the bucket list for a while now. In my dreams I can see myself up on stage with the Fun Company! There’s a slight problem though – I can’t sing!

Anyway a while ago I saw the Hawk’s Well Theatre were setting up choirs in workplaces to get Sligo singing. Sligo Volunteer Centre are one of the organisations taking part and were looking for members of their choir, so I bit the bullet and put my name down (and my friend Heidi was dragged along too!)  Our first rehearsal was today and I was delighted to see that we have the very talented Niamh Crowley putting us through our paces.

It was a really enjoyable hour, even though I sound like a cat being strangled! The last time I was in a choir was at primary school and I got thrown out of that for miming! Our choir could do with some more men though, so if you can spare an hour on a Monday lunchtime and are free on November 29th give the Sligo Volunteer Centre a shout.

If you want to see the finished result Sligo Sings is on in the Hawk’s Well Theatre at the end of November, you can book tickets here, it might be advisable to bring ear-plugs for my bit!

Beers and Botanical Gardens


A couple of weeks ago Jono and I headed up to Dublin for the day. There were a few reasons that I wanted to go up, the first was to see the Sculpture in Context exhibition at the National Botanical Gardens, the second was to see an exhibition by a photographer I follow on Twitter, the third was Oktoberfest. Here’s how we got on:

Bridge reflections

I absolutely love the Botanic Gardens. There is so much to see there and it’s a very relaxing place to spend some time. It’s also only about a ten minute bus ride from O’Connell Street and best of all it’s free! It was the first time for Jono to visit there and he loved the place too. One of the main reasons I went up was to see Michael Budd’s amazing sculpture, sadly though the Teak House were it was on display was closed when we went there so we just looked at it through the window.

Michael Budd's sculpture

I wish I’d had more time to explore the gardens but we were rushing to the other things we wanted to see, if I’d have known how the day was going to pan out I would have stayed longer. We did enjoy our time being followed around by a friendly squirrel though!


We waited for a bus back to the city centre. Jono is great at organising journeys so I knew I was in good hands. The place we had to go for the exhibition was fairly off the beaten track and after our bus trip and a fair amount of walking we found the place…it was closed! I since found out if we’d have rang the bell we would have got in. I couldn’t find the bell, so off we went again.


Our final stop was Oktoberfest, even though it was September. Now we’d be to this before and really enjoyed it but this time it was very quiet, probably because it was early enough in the day. There also weren’t as many stalls as there were previously so in hindsight I wish we’d have stayed for longer at the gardens.

Sculpture in Context runs until October 16th and is well worth a visit. The rest of my photos are here.


Foggy Friday


I’m probably in the minority but I love foggy mornings and today was certainly foggy. The photo above was taken at 10am on the Green Road, Sligo – where I usually take my shots of Lough Gill. I couldn’t see the lake today – or anything else, except the cobwebs. Hope you like the pics.

The cow and the cobweb



Sailing into Autumn

Boats in the mist

A very lazy blog post and some even lazier photos. This morning was a lovely misty morning so before I had to be anywhere I got a few pics of the boats on the Garavogue River in Sligo. I couldn’t be bothered getting the camera out, even though it was with me – I told you I was lazy! So these are taken with my phone (one of the cheapest phones I’ve ever had! I will blog about it in a few days).

Boats and the blue

These photos are not edited and there’s no filter on them, not bad for a phone that’s under a €100. What do you think?

Mist rising

The Exhibition is on the move

Blue Moon

Part of yesterday was spent packing up the Wild Atlantic Wayfarer exhibition from the Hawk’s Well Theatre. It’s been wonderful to have an exhibition there and my sincere thanks to the Hawk’s Well, Look West. I’d also like to thank everyone who called in to see it and of course those who purchased an image.

Sligo reflections

I’m delighted to say the exhibition is on the move. It’s new home will be in Tubbercurry and I’ll let you know when it’s all up and running.


Lunch at the Riverside

Riverside Hotel

Lucy and I were invited along to lunch at the newly re-opened Riverside Hotel in Sligo. We had been watching it on Fleadh TV and it looked lovely so we were delighted to go along and check it out. As the name suggests it’s on the riverside…it’s a perfect location to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal watching the swans glide along the river.

Riverside Hotel

The hotel has recently been refurbished and from what I’ve seen of it, it looks lovely. The staff were friendly and welcoming and we were greeted by manager Joe Grogan.

Joe Grogan

Joe showed us through to the restaurant which was bright and airy. The lunch menu is very nice, there are some daily specials as well as the set menu and plenty of choice from paninis to hot lunches.Tandoori chicken

We went straight for the main course. I had tandoori chicken which was very nice – the chips were a winner! Lucy had fish and chips. Both dishes came with a side salad and both portions were huge. It was a struggle to finish it all.

Fish and chips

I had a look at the dessert menu, just for the sake of research you understand. To be honest I wanted one of everything! I was torn between the meringue and the banoffee pie – the banoffee pie won. It was amazing! Probably the thickest layer of cream I’ve ever seen – ooh I’m a poet!

Banoffee Pie

Once again we waddled away – one of these days I won’t fit through the door! Thanks to the Riverside for being so hospitable, we had a lovely lunch.  You can find the Riverside Hotel here