Culture Night in Sligo, 2014


Sligo to celebrate Culture Night with diverse mix of events, all free-of-charge, to take place across Sligo

Culture Night celebrates culture, creativity and the arts and takes place on Friday 19th September 2014. Arts and cultural organisations will open their doors until late with free events, workshops & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

The diverse mix of events, all free-of-charge, will take place across Sligo’s leading arts venues, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, and in private artists’ studios. Running from early evening until very late, there will be something for everyone.

Children will be enchanted by ‘Set Sail’ a collaboration between the Hawk’s Well Theatre and The Model with Monkeyshine Theatre.‘Set Sail’ will be a fantastical theatre adventure with tall tales to be told. It’s all hands on deck for this mini voyage into the unknown. Ships will be setting sail from The Model at 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30 pm and the Hawk’s Well Theatre at 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm and 6.30pm. This show is ideal for children ages 5+ advance booking is required.

Gary Reddin, Pauline Terry and Amy McGovern are just some of Sligo’s leading artists who will be opening their studios to the public on Culture Night. The Model Artists Studios will be open to the public from 6-8pm, with artists in attendance to talk visitors through their work. Renowned Northern Ireland Artist Graham Gingles will be at Hamilton gallery on Culture night from 6 – 8 pm for an informal meet and greet with art lovers, against the backdrop of his exhibition Bad flowers, glass birds and other ideas which runs at the gallery throughout September. Sligo’s galleries will also remain open late. You can visit exhibitions by Susan Hiller & Jack B Yeats at The Model from 6-8pm, the Paul Rose Exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Galley will remain open until 10pm as will Helen Pinof’s exhibition Urban Jungle at Hawk’s Well Theatre. The Sligo Drink and Draw group will meet in Osta Café at 7pm -9pm. The idea of Drink and Draw is simply to meet and sketch informally over a few drinks in a pub or café. There are no tutors analysing your work or any exams, it’s just a relaxed evening where you can sketch, share your art, your influences and company! The group is open to all skill levels.

Bettina Seitz

Sligo Crafts are also represented with the esteemed Bettina Seitz & Lydna Gault hosting workshops for both adults and children. Sculpture workshops with Bettina Seitz start run from 6pm -7pm and 8pm-9pm. Lynda Gault will host Halloween themed Ceramic Workshops from 6pm-7pm and 8pm-9pm. You will find the artists’ studios at Area 4 Art Studios, Lower Quay Street, Sligo. In his unique, humorous and intrepid style Blue Raincoat Theatre Company’s John Carty will provide a theatre workshop for the whole family that will get everyone moving and shaking. This workshop takes place in the Factory Performance Space, Lower Quay Street, Sligo, at 7pm sharp.

Enjoy a variety of live performances throughout Culture Night Sligo. Music Generation Sligo presents ‘The Big Bang’ at The Bakeshop & Lyons Café. Young composers & musicians will perform a selection of music from the popular Music Generation Sligo’s productions Big Bang & Fleadh Fusions. The performance begins at 5pm. Sligo’s Yeats Day will curate a celebration of the William Butler Yeats including poetry, drama and music at City Hall between 6pm to 9pm.

Sligo Youth Theatre present Culture Vultures three sharp witty creations devised directed and performed by members of the Youth Theatre at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm at the Youth Theatre, Lower Quay Street, booking advisable. Pop into The Nest at Custom House, Lower Quay Street on Culture Night and enjoy the Tea House and Exhibition space as the members of Branching Out, youth arts group, bring the venue alive.

Masonic Lodge


Spike Sligo presents SPIKEd, Barry Cullen’s one man show about the life of Spike Milligan at the iconic Masonic Lodge, The Mall Sligo. Performances at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm. Sligo’s Masonic Lodge will also open its doors to the public for tours and a presentation on its history on Culture Night. To book contact

The Ravens among the Reeds’ is an immersive theatre experience that combines all the glamour, guts and romanticism of Sligo’s revolutionary history. Produced by Margaret Kilcoyne the location will only be revealed upon booking Call 0719163761 to find out more.

Vinyl Culture presents an interactive selection of music sharing and passionate storytelling revealing Sligo’s favourite music from the vinyl era at Fureys, Bridge St from 6pm. There’s a double bill of exceptional talent at the Hawk’s Well Sligo: two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) join with The Almost Unwanted; Cathy Jordan (voice, bodhrán and tenor guitar), Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, banjo, jaw harp) and Seanan Brennan (mandola, guitar) for an evening of transatlantic music. Tickets are free but demand will be high therefore advance booking is recommended.

PassePartout Circus are delighted to present their brand new night-time show, Inferno, a spectacle that brings to life the element of Fire, especially for Culture Night at The Model. Mysterious, skilful and totally unique, INFERNO will transport you into a realm of fire & shadow, music and wonder. Two performances will take place at The Model, Connaughton Road Car Park entrance, 7.45pm to 8.30pm & 10.30pm to 11.15 pm.

All events are free of charge but places are limited for some events. Further info on booking is available on the Culture Night Sligo Facebook page and from each of the venues directly.

Get updates from Culture Night Sligo Facebook Page, Twitter: @culturesligo, Instagram: @culturesligo and download the app for free in the App Store or in Google Play. Be sure to use Hashtag: #culturenight #sligo

Culture Night Sligo is co-ordinated by Hawk’s Well Theatre on behalf of Culture Night Sligo partner venues Hawk’s Well, The Model and Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and supported by Sligo County Council Arts Service. Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices, local authorities and other cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.

Lough Gill Hospice Swim 2014

IMG_0920Following on my from ‘Rock the boat’ post about my ‘phobia’ of boats and how I had to be in one to take photos of the Lough Gill Swim I’m delighted to say I did it…and even though I behaved like a big girl at the beginning but thankfully Ita who was filming the swim and Andrew who owned the boat were very good and I soon settled down. Best of all I didn’t feel sick! I have huge respect for the swimmers who took part in the swim. Over 60 of them braved the elements to raise money for North West Hospice, in memory of Neill McGarry, the first swimmer took two hours to complete the swim, which is fantastic going.


Not only do I have great respect for the swimmers but also the kayakers. Each swimmer has their own kayaker who paddles alongside them and looks after them. As we moved away from the music and the crowd all we could hear were kayakers talking to their swimming partners and making sure they were OK. There were also sub aqua club members, civil defence, local boats and stand up paddlers on the water to keep a watchful eye out for the swimmers. It really does put the swim in a whole new perspective being out on the water instead of on dry land.

IMG_0806Even some goats came out to cheer on the swimmers. I didn’t take the best photos because it’s quite hard to focus the camera when the boat is moving (well that’s my excuse anyway!)

IMG_1292The photo above really sums up the close bond between the swimmer and the kayaker. Well done to all involved. The rest of my photos are here.


Rock the boat

7679894250_694aef54d4_hI have some kind of phobia about boats…well no I suppose I don’t. Boats would be great if they didn’t move…but they do and I’m going to be in one for quite a few hours tomorrow on Lough Gill taking photos of the brave souls swimming the lake in aid of North West Hospice. I know I’m being a coward but I’m not great with motion. I’m grand when I’m driving but anything else makes me feel queasy. The first time I went horse riding I got seasick! I can’t even look at google maps for more than five minutes without feeling sick. So if you see a green woman in a boat on Lough Gill tomorrow that will be me. Swimmers and kayakers don’t get too close…you’ve been warned. I always take pics of the swim but usually from dry land. Ciara, the official photographer for the swim is at Electric Picnic though so I’ve been volunteered ;)

As well as taking photos I will also be tweeting and Facebooking on the Lough Gill Swim’s account (phone battery permitting)…so if you want to follow all the action check out those accounts. Best of luck to everyone taking part and there’ll be entertainment at Doorly Park to welcome the swimmers home from 1pm so be sure to come along….and bring me a bucket I might need it ;)


My Heritage Week so far

CoopershillI love Heritage Week.  It’s run every year at the end of August and is a great chance to see places that wouldn’t normally be open to the general public.  So far this week I’ve been on a tour of Coopershill House, Riverstown, Sligo which was very interesting and the first time I’ve been in the house itself.  It was one of the places I photographed for the Hidden Histories book so brilliant to actually get a look inside it. The house is not only home to Simon and his family but it is also a luxury hotel and also serves dinner for non-residents. You can find out more about Coopershill here.



Simon was a great guide to have for the house tour, we got to see the bedrooms which are just amazing and also the basement – the original kitchen is now a games room. We heard about the history of the house and found out that Ronan O’Gara’s granny was born in the old stable house at Coopershill.

IMG_0174After the tour of the house we had a little wander around the garden. I also got to see some of the deer as Coopershill is also a venison farm….thank goodness for my zoom lens ;)

IMG_0239-001Today I went along to Markree Castle as they had a fleece to yarn demo. It was very interesting seeing the process of turning fleece into wool, I had no idea how much work was involved. We also heard about dying the yarn, you can even dye it with natural things such as ivy and heather.

Spinning WheelAfter the demo I had a wander around the Markree Castle grounds, it’s such a beautiful place.

Markree CastleAs always I took a lot more photos from Coopershill and Markree. You can see those on my flickr page.


Harrison’s, Cliffoney, Sligo

HarrisonsFirstly apologies because you will be hungry by the time you’ve finished reading this post. Secondly I don’t spend all my time eating in case you are wondering ;) When I was posted the list of things to do in Sligo Harrison’s contacted me to invite me out to dinner. As it turned out we went for lunch because we were in Mullaghmore for the donkey derby and Harrison’s is just up the road from there. Jono was my companion and to be honest it’s turning into a bit of a war about which family member accompanies me! Poor Lucy is still waiting and her birthday is coming up so if anyone wants to invite us that’d be great…I know Berenice I’m hustling! Anyway enough of the talking and on to the food!

Chicken wingsHarrison’s is a family business and has been running for over 100 years. It’s a bar and restaurant located on the N15 which is the main road from Sligo – Donegal so would be the perfect place to stop mid-way for lunch. The menu is extensive and caters for every taste and every age group, there is a wide choice from pizza and pasta to seafood and steak. I wasn’t going to have a starter but Jono went for the chicken wings that came with a side salad and BBQ dip, they were lovely…I had to try a bit just so I could comment ;)


Wild Atlantic Way platterTo my surprise and delight Declan gave me this wonderful ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ platter. It was really something else and all the fish came from Mullaghmore harbour, you can’t get anymore local than that. It was served with Harrison’s homemade brown bread and was like a main course in itself.

Chicken supremeFor the main course I had chicken supreme which was covered in a lovely whisky and mushroom sauce and served on a bed of mashed potato it also came with seasonal vegetables including broccoli in a cheese sauce, carrots and turnip. It was just delicious, I’m hungry now just looking at the photos!

Steak and ChipsJono went for the steak and chips for his main course. I loved the little jar for the peppercorn sauce and the bucket for the chips…very cute. Jono really enjoyed his meal. Not only was the food wonderful, the service was second to none, we were so well looked after and that wasn’t just us the same went for everyone in the restaurant and it was busy. It’s very easy to see why Harrison’s won the best customer service award for the Connaught region in the 2014 Irish Restaurant Awards.

DessertsNow for the desserts. Jono was full up so he just ordered tea and I went for the warm chocolate fudge cake…just for research purposes ;) Again I was surprised when a lemon posset dessert was given to us as well. This was something I wouldn’t have ordered but it was amazing!! I really must try to make this one day.

Lemon possetMy huge thanks to Harrison’s for such a wonderful meal and for treating us so well, as Arnie says ‘I’ll be back’.  Thanks to Marie Casserly for spreading the word about me, much appreciated.

A quick catch up

IMG_0036I have another foodie blog to post but didn’t want to do two in a row so in between all that eating (and trying to make tomatoes red) we’ve been out and about trying to make the most of what’s left of the ‘summer’. I use the term summer lightly as its bloody freezing! The Mullaghmore Donkey Derby took place over the weekend so Jono and I went to see the donkey show before it.

IMG_9895One of the donkeys was very fond of Jono! While we were in Mullaghmore we also visited the Peace Gardens there which is one of the Secret Gardens of Sligo , there were some really pretty flowers there and even a few bees buzzing around.


I also enjoyed looking at the wonderful job done at Eithna’s By the Sea. It really brightens up Mullaghmore, I think it’s brilliant.


In other news I was delighted when I went into Chapters today and there was a Fleadh hoodie waiting for me! If you follow me on twitter you will know I was complaining about the cold when I was in Sligo taking photos at the Fleadh and I really wanted a hoodie as they were so warm but I couldn’t afford one so a very kind soul left one in Chapters for me. I’ve no idea who it is so if they are reading this thank you so much. I have it on at the moment after being frozen by taking part in the ice bucket challenge!

10614386_10152370409592424_2542181742782009027_nThe blog awards short list came out today, I didn’t make it but I wasn’t surprised. I’d been nominated in the photography category and I don’t think this is a photography blog. It’s mainly me waffling on with photos in between. I was surprised that Lucy’s blog didn’t make it though, she was nominated in the best newcomer blog and I thought she stood a really good chance. I know I’m biased but I think her blog is great.

If you are waiting for another food related post, it’s coming up next.

Langs Bar and Restaurant, Grange

LangsOn Friday night we were invited along to Langs Bar and Restaurant in Grange, Co. Sligo to try out their restaurant. I’d heard great things about the food but had never actually tried it so it was a real treat for myself and himself to head out there.

IMG_1740It’s really quite deceiving because it looks quite small on the outside but it’s quite a big place when you go in there. I had thought the bar and restaurant would be combined but I was glad to find that it wasn’t. The restaurant is very cosy and homely and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

Prawn cocktailWe weren’t going to have a starter but the waitress told us all the food was cooked to order and as my main course was going to take a while to cook we decided to share a prawn cocktail. It was a really lovely and a huge portion so just as well we shared.

Steak SpecialFriday night is ‘Steak Special’ night at Langs. For €20 you get steak, served on a bed of saute mushrooms and onions with onion rings and a choice of chips, mashed potatoes, jacket potatoes or garlic and cheese potatoes plus a sauce of your choice and either a glass of wine or a pint. Andy went for the steak special and wasn’t disappointed, it really was lovely. I had a sip of his wine and it was delicious, I meant to ask what it was but I forgot!

Stuffed chicken filletI had a chicken fillet stuffed with bacon, red onion and fresh herbs covered in a mushroom and fresh thyme sauce. It was the biggest chicken fillet I’ve ever seen! It was served with a side order of my choice so I picked garlic and cheese potatoes which were lovely. We were both so full up after our main courses that we didn’t order desserts and I’ve seen they serve banoffi pie which is my favourite so we’ll have to go back again and next time I’ll leave room for it.

Thanks so much to Marie for arranging this lovely treat for us and to Langs for the great food. I’m hungry now after looking at the photos!!