Valentine’s Day Vintage Tea Party Sligo

Bloomin Fabulous, in association with Anderson’s Grill and Bar will host a Vintage Tea Party Fundraiser for Sligo Rape Crisis Centre this Valentine’s Day at Andersons beautiful new venue on Kempton Promenade.

There is an afternoon of imagination and wonder planned for all attendees filled with music, old fashioned romance, theatre, poetry, and tea.

Bloomin Fabulous’ JoAnne Neary will be joined by a host of award winning artistic talent making this an afternoon to remember.

• There will be performances by The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company and readings by Louise Kennedy and Mary Branley.

• You will be transported somewhere dreamy by Sarah Ferguson’s rendition of Moon River and Darktown’s sublime retro sounds.

• Bumper raffle with amazing prizes taking place.

• Prize for best hat ( and some have already started on their masterpieces)

Dress fancy, wear fancy dress or just come as you are.

Donations welcome on the door with all proceeds going to Sligo Rape Crisis Centre.

Every €25 raised enables the centre to deliver one hour of counselling or to deliver one hour of specialised trauma therapy training for their volunteer counselors. So please come and donate what you can.

Wednesday February 14th from 1 to 4pm

It’s a date!


Your Library – not just books

I’ve been a bookworm ever since I can remember, there’s nothing like the feel of a book or getting lost in another world that a good story can take you too. Some books feel like friends and I’m sad when I finish them. Others are a struggle that I give up halfway through. Life is too short to waste on a book I’m not enjoying.

Anyway I’ve gone completely off tangent there but that’s me all over. What I wanted to tell you about is some of the many services the local library offers. I’ve been going to a storytelling workshop hosted by the library, it’s been so interesting and informative.

The last meeting we had was held in the ‘Reference and Local Studies Reading Room’ this houses an archive of Sligo newspapers dating back to the 1820s there are also books and printed works of local interest. If you are looking for something in particular Malachy will do his best to locate it for you, you just need to give at least a days notice as some items are held off-site. I found The Reading Room and Malachy such a great help when I was researching for the Sligo Hidden Histories book.

Irish libraries are promoting ‘Healthy Ireland’ at the moment, as you go into the library there is a section with recommended books for all types of health issues. It’s hoped there will be some invents to coincide with this promotion in the coming months.

As well as borrowing up to 12 items for three weeks your library card also gives you free online services. The online services host e-magazines, e-books and e-audio, online language learning, Irish International Newspaper Articles and e-learning – hundreds of free courses! You can also borrow books from any library in Ireland and if you can’t find what you are looking for the library staff are very helpful. I think poor Joe is traumatised by some of the book titles I ask for! If you want to access any of the online services for all Irish libraries you can do so here.

The library also hosts various groups and clubs. I happened to notice a sign for a creative writing group in Tubbercurry library that I’d be interested in. There are also craft groups, film groups and so much more and they are free! If you have a book launch or something of interest you’d like a venue for they’d be happy to help.

I’m heading to the online courses during the lull between Christmas and New Year you never know what I might become qualified in!