Sligo Baroque Music Festival. 

Sligo Festival of Baroque Music

 

Sligo Festival of Baroque Music is a weekend feast of memorable illuminating and fascinating baroque music which has risen to new heights over the past twenty one years and now attracts the very finest Baroque musicians to an exciting programme of event. Sligo is renowned as home to many different types of music, notably its Irish Traditional heritage and booming rock industry, but it is equally happy to take its place as a leading light in Baroque and Early Music.  Many local musicians and enthusiasts

 

Calling all music lovers!  Sligo offers a unique weekend of music for all Baroque enthusiasts.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, Baroque is a style of western music composed during the period of 1600 to 1750, approximately. This era followed the Renaissance music era, and was followed in turn by the Classical era. The word “baroque” comes from the Portuguese word “barroco”, meaning misshapen pear.  The Baroque Music Festival celebrates a period when composers experimented with form, styles and instruments. This was a precursor to the development of opera and instrumental music. Some notable composers during this period were Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.

Sligo is the perfect setting for this music festival.  All venues are accessible on foot and the town offers many fine places to dine and imbibe of a drink or two, while the surrounding beauty of the countryside will make your heart sing for joy. A friendly and well organised event, The Sligo Festival of Baroque Music attracts visitors, musicians and fans, and it is advisable to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.   There is always a mix of performers, some with an enviable international reputation and others at an early stage of their careers. A feature of the festival has always been an attempt to foster the development of young performers – who work under an experienced and renowned performer in the Baroque Youth Orchestra, to recently formed ensembles of young professionals or third level students. The opening concert is specifically designed as an introduction to Baroque music for schools.

The Music of Handel will feature strongly in the Sligo Festival, with the welcome addition of the London Handel Players as an “ensemble in residence.” The London Handel Players are a world class ensemble, bringing together leading period-instrument specialists in the field of baroque chamber music.  They perform regularly at Handel’s church, St George’s Hanover Square, and at the Handel House Museum and Wigmore Hall in addition to music societies and festivals worldwide and this is an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy and admire these world renowned musicians in the intimate settings of the Sligo Festival.   They will perform two concerts during the Sligo festival, as well as an intimate instrumental programme, featuring Handel sonatas and trio sonatas, the London Handel Players will perform and orchestral programme devised for the festival by violinist/director Adrian Butterfield featuring young soprano, Raphaela  Papadakis.

They weekend’s festivities will be brought to an amazing crescendo as  Camerata Kilkenny, an ensemble of renowned and respected musicians who are old favourites of the festive perform a closing concert,  with a very intriguing programme based on fantastical literary works from the 18th century – including, of course, musical responses to Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

 

For more information and bookings: http://www.sligobaroquefestival.com/ or Sligo Tourism

 

Golfing in Sligo – Links to Heaven.

 

“I had such a great time playing golf in Ireland that I have been coming back ever since

Tiger Woods

 

Ireland is an amazing place for golfers and offers some of the most beautifully situated links courses in the world. Sligo ranks highly in this regard and boasts a number of welcoming golf courses, including links course.   Links golf courses are the oldest style of golf course and are usually beside the coast and incorporating undulating hills, sand banks and good firm turf.

Ireland boasts a third of the word’s links courses. Naturally, the wind swept coastline and the rugged natural conditions of the Wild Atlantic Way is home to many amazing links golf courses. Sligo is proud to have a number of challenging and stunning links courses with dramatic breath-taking seascape backdrops.

Enniscrone Golf Club  (The Dunes course), County Sligo

“I challenge anybody to name holes, including those at Ballybunion, where the dunes are more of a feature than at Enniscrone… When you go into ground like that; there is a feeling of grandeur.” ­– British golf course architect Donald Steel in Links Magazine.

The scenery at Enniscrone course is incredible. Situated on the Mayo/Sligo border and hugging the broad Atlantic with the Ox mountains to the rear, this is an outstandingly beautiful place. The golf is pretty awesome too.  Twelve of the 18 holes wind through some of the tallest, wildest dunes on the coast. Unsurprisingly, the two-time Masters Champion, Bernhard Langer stopped off to practice his game in Sligo and ended up staying for a week at Enniscrone.  Don’t miss the challenge of the legendary 17th hole at the Dunes, Enniscrone which proves testing to even the most hardy golfer.

The County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, County Sligo

  “A tremendous test for the highest quality player and great fun for the modest competitor, Rosses Point stands at the very top of the list of Irish courses.” Peter Alliss, Professional golfer, television presenter and commentator, author and golf course designer.

Rosses Point, The County Sligo Golf Club lies amid a particularly spectacular setting on the Atlantic coastline just a few miles North of Sligo town.  Benbulben Mountain and the hill of Knocknarea provide the backdrop to this renowned golf course. Enjoy the scenic views of five counties from the third tee.   Open to visitors seven days a week, all year round. This course also has floodlit driving range. The seventh hole is a tough one, long with a cross-cutting creek 10 yards short of the green and provides an extra challenge.

Strandhill Hill Golf Club  Strandhill Sligo.

Situated just 5 miles west of Sligo town in the picturesque sea side village of Strandhill, this enticing is an 18 hole links course of undulating fair-ways and unforgiving short cuts.  that never ceases to surprise and delight.  Nestled under the majestic Knocknarea, this 5,675 meter, par 70 course is a joy to play and a delight to behold.  Check out the views on a short video here http://www.strandhillgolfclub.com/, and we guarantee you will be walking the course before long.

Ireland can take its place proudly as one of the leaders in golf course management and innovation. Sligo is amongst the jewels in that particular crown. It is the perfect place for a golfing break, providing scenery, good accommodation, delicious food and entertainment and mostly… great golf.  Your hotel will be happy to organise bookings for you and can provide all information on green fees, opening times etc. Alternatively, you can contact any of the golf club websites directly.

At the Races in Sligo

 

‘Although situated remarkably close to Sligo town centre, Sligo Racecourse is a particularly scenic racing venue in the northwest. Traditionally a summer venue, the majority of meetings at Sligo are held in the evening time making the racecourse a huge hit with locals and tourists alike. Many of the bigger races at the course are on the flat and over hurdles and are often fiercely competitive affairs.  The two-day meeting in early August comes hot on the heels of the Galway Festival and are the track’s busiest days.’  Horse racing Ireland.

Horse racing in Sligo is something absolutely different. In a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this centrally located racecourse is the perfect place for the expert horse fancier and for the novice race goer. It is a family fun day out with a relaxed and chilled atmosphere.  There is no dress code at Sligo Race Course. Wear whatever you find comfortable, although it is advisable to check the weather forecast before you leave your hotel as weather can be temperamental.  A light jacket for evening meetings is a suggestion.  Of course, Ladies Day in August is a highly fashionable and upmarket affair.  Hats, fascinators, stunning outfits and beautiful accessories are the norm on that day. This is optional and is as much fun for the regular punters as for the fashionistas themselves.

On May 20th 2015, Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed an evening at the Sligo races as a finale to their two day trip to Ireland.  They were reportedly in great form and completely relaxed as they soaked up the atmosphere and presented the prizes to the team of the winning horse, Mollyanna. In the weeks that followed the Royal Visit, it emerged that the Duchess of Cornwall purchased Mollyanna. An incredible transaction was set in motion just five minutes after the six-year-old won the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Mares Maiden Hurdle at the Sligo Races. Mollyanna is now among Camilla’s horses in the stables of Jamie Snowden in Lambourn.

When not entertaining royalty, the Sligo race course meetings are an eclectic mix of local townspeople, dedicated punters, tourists and visitors of all kinds. The views over the town and out to sea are breath-taking and the hospitality at the facilities are legendary.

This is a Grade 2 racing venue with a quality of racing which exceeds its appeal as a local, country racecourse. The most famous horses making their mark at this course were Jazz Princess who won here before going on to become one of the best two year olds in Ireland with successes at the Curragh and in 2005, Brewster, one of Britain’s best novice hurdlers, also made a mark at Sligo. The exciting racing encourages some lively betting and makes for a memorable day out for groups, families and anyone who loves the intimacy of local racing punctuated with the thrills of a challenging race track.

 

 Families can make the most of free child admission and there are special prices for group bookings.     So join the buzz at the next racing meeting!

 

https://countysligoraces.com/

The ideal staycation : Enjoy Summer in Sligo at the Riverside hotel in the heart of lands’ desire

 

Sligo is the perfect place for a staycation. Yes, a staycation. Which, in case you are wondering is the fancy new name for a stay at home vacation.  Staycations are perfect for families who cannot face the trauma of long hot journeys, of crowded airports and ‘are we there yet’ children. A holiday at home in Ireland means that your beloved family dog can tag along. It means no passports and currency conversions. It means not worrying about finding acceptable meals for fussy little eaters and it brings a chance to hook up with old friends and distant family.

Summer in Sligo is magical and is the obvious choice for a home holiday. No other place in Ireland offers such a wide range of blue flag beaches, mountain trails, forests, lakes and rivers to explore.  No other County has surfing, golf courses, angling, river fishing, supping and flying lessons.  Sligo offers art and culture, shopping and fine dining, within walking distance of the town centre.   Sligo is welcoming and friendly. But there is more, much more for any family contemplating a holiday in Sligo. Here are some examples of little known treasures, ideal for family fun times.

Eagles Flying:  An amazing day out for the whole family.  A wild life sanctuary with a real difference. This little hidden gem is an incredible sanctuary for raptors or birds of prey, just South of Sligo town. (Just follow the signs from the N17)  Here, you can see owls, buzzards, vultures and eagles in their natural habitat.  Eagles Flying is also home to a delightful pettings zoo and you can meet many animals with their own unique characteristics. A racoon who picks pockets, and  Rosie the big big but gentle pig.  Flying Demonstrations share the biology of the raptors and their important role in nature in an engaging, amusing show. All questions are cheerfully answered by friendly enthusiastic staff and photo opportunities abound. http://www.eaglesflying.com/

Bodaborg:  A very challenging and exciting fun filled activity for adults and older children awaits at the shores of Lough Key in Roscommon. Just a short drive from Sligo town. Here is the perfect answer to a board teenagers afternoon.   A two story building, where each room is a puzzle or a quest to be solved in teams. It presents physical challenges combined with mental wit, creativity and collaboration. At Boda Borg, only teamwork, ingenuity, trial and error will get you through to the final room.  If you want to get the children off the Ipads, tablets and mobile screeds this is a perfect spot. http://www.bodaborg.com/europe/lough-key/  Check out the zip-it lines when you are there… zippitydoodah-awesomeness

The Devils Glen:  Only locals know the best places in Sligo and chief among these is the Glen. You may have to ask directions of these self-same locals, but it will definitely be worth it.   A magical journey for all the family and a brilliant place for imaginative play. Words are not enough, so check out the pictures on this site: http://gostrandhill.com/explore/places-of-interest/the-glen/

‘The Glen is one of the most interesting natural phenomena on the Coolera peninsula: a narrow, deep and long chasm on the south face of Knocknarea. This cleft in the mountain runs for about three quarters of a mile and is more or less uniform in depth (60ft) and width (40ft). If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life with a step into nature, the Glen is a must do in Strandhill. The vegetation in the Glen is luxuriant and its flora has made it an attraction for botanists from near and far. The sycamore, the beech, the Scots pine and the oak all flourish here. The hazel, the holly, the honeysuckle and the bramble-bush also thrive between the cliff faces. There is an abundance of ivy throughout, whilst one of the most striking features of the vegetation is the extreme heights attained by both the fern and nettle families.’

There is more, so much more to explore in the area.  Here the Wild Atlantic Way brings effortless delight in the most amazing scenery, friendly people, traditional music and craic.
Stay at home this year. Enjoy your Staycation in Sligo and make memories to last a lifetime.

Angling for a good time?

Excellent Sea fishing in the North West.

The northwest coast boasts some of the most exciting sea fishing in Ireland.  With more than 400 miles of Wild Atlantic coast with breath taking views and rich fertile fishing grounds, providing a heavenly holiday break for novice and experienced anglers alike.  Nearly all of the fifty-odd species of fish on the Irish Specimen Fish List can be caught regularly in the waters off Sligo and no fewer than eight of the Irish Record Fish have been landed in the North Western Region. Good roads and excellent accommodation provide everything that the angler needs for a good catch. Tackle dealers not only provide gear but are steeped in local knowledge and only too happy to share it with visitors.  A day spent on a fishing boat does not just yield a fine supply of fresh mackerel or herring, it also provides a unique view of the offshore wildlife. Dolphins, seals and sea birds are in abundance. Some lucky travellers have seen basking shark and whales not too far from the shoreline.

Innishmurray Island is the perfect place for a stroll or a picnic.  Just seven miles off the coast of North Sligo, this uninhabited island boasts the remains of a 6th Century Monastic settlement.  Since the last inhabitants left the island in 1948, this incredibly beautiful place has been a popular destination for the more discerning tourist.  Wildlife and unspoilt landscapes are a perfect backdrop for the jaw-dropping views of Ben Bulben and Donegal bay.

Sligo sea shore fishing schools aims is to give children and adults, alike the knowledge and ability to enjoy fishing, one of the nation’s favourite sporting activities. An afternoon learning the ropes whilst experiencing one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe is indeed, a wonderful experience. Taking in the magnificent natural surroundings and discovering an array of exceptional creatures, from seals, to sharks, to sea otter.  Frequently caught fish species include Pollock, ling, Coalfish, Spurdog and Gurnard. Codling, Dog fish and the occasional Ray have also been brought ashore by satisfied fishermen. For the more accomplished angler, there is the exciting prospect of catching blue fin tuna in Donegal Bay. In 2013 the Kiwi Girl, a North West charter boat, landed the biggest tuna that Ireland has seen in the last 10 years, weighing in at 628lbs.  The giant fish was caught in the waters off Mullaghmore in Sligo.  This is extreme fishing and not for the faint hearted! Tuna season runs from September to December Bay.

Chartered fishing boats can be booked at the hotel reception desk. Who knows, perhaps on your return, the chef might be coaxed into cooking that fresh fish for a tasty supper.

  

Download a map of Donegal Bay [.doc, 1MB] here to view the species and the area.

Sligo Fishing School .

For enquiries please call 087 2480299 or 086 0723173

 

http://inishmurray.com/

http://www.sligoheritage.com/archInish.htm

http://www.offshore.ie/

http://www.fishinginireland.info/sea/northwest.htm

Yeats Country -Come away O human child to the waters and the wild

 

 

Sligo is synonymous with Yeats.

The landscape was once the childhood and spiritual home of William Butler Yeats and has been the inspiration for his most famous poems. Yeats is one of Ireland’s most famous writers renowned internationally and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. His influence on subsequent poets has guaranteed W. B. Yeats an honoured place in the annals of literature and his work is as relevant today as it was a century ago.

Sligo, or Yeats Country, receives thousands of visitors each year, walking in the footsteps of the writer and seeing for themselves the landmarks made famous in his poetry, drama and prose.

Lisadell House: No visit to Sligo is complete without a tour of this remarkable house and gardens. As a child, Yeats was a regular visitor, mainly for cricket matches and horse racing but as a young man, he was a more regular guest of the owners, the Gore Booth family. Memorabilia, books and portraits of Yeats can still be found in this remarkably well preserved stately home.

Sligo County Museum: The Yeats Room at Sligo County Museum contains rare footage of W.B Yeats funeral cortege as well as various manuscripts, photographs, letters and newspaper cuttings associated with the great man.

Drumcliffe Grave:  Drumcliffe Churchyard in North Sligo, is spectacularly set against the striking backdrop of the poet’s beloved Benbulben Mountains, is the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. The grave is marked with a simple headstone with the inscription, “cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, pass by.” This was Yeats’ self-penned epitaph together with the instructions that the grave consist of “no marble, no conventional phrase”.

Yeats Memorial Building Sligo: This unique building at the heart of Sligo town is home to the Yeats Society. Drop in or check out their website for news of the Annual Yeats Summer School, exhibitions and events celebrating WB. Yeats.  ‘Through the creative space of the Yeats Memorial Building, the Yeats Society has sought to serve the needs of those interested in Yeats’s poetry through the Yeats Summer School, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Poetry Circle, Poets Parlour, Reference library and Lily’s and Lolly’s café’.

The Niland Gallery/ The Model :  Home to paintings by the Yeats family are  a particular focus of this gallery space and the collection features almost fifty works by Jack B. Yeats, brother of William,  nineteen portraits by his father John Butler Yeats, as well as works by Jack’s wife Mary Cottenham Yeats, and his sister Elizabeth Yeats.

Yeats Trail:  To make your visit to Yeats’s Sligo really easy, pick up a copy of the Yeats Trail at the tourist office and enjoy the simple maps, explanations and introductions to the poet’s spiritual home.

Remember too, that finding the spirit of Yeats is a more simple matter in this beautiful County. A trip to Dooney Rock on the edge of Lough Gill, or to calm leafy Hazelwood will bring the poets works to life within your soul. The magnificence of the scenery will leave you in no doubt as to where Yeats found inspiration.

 

http://lissadellhouse.com/

 http://www.yeatssociety.com/  Summer school July 24th – August 5th  

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Places-to-go/Sligo/pdfs/Yeats-Passport-Trail.pdf

Sligo – Adventure Tourism sets your spirit free

Come to the waters and the wilds of Sligo where adventure, thrills and excitement await you. An increasing number of tourists are looking for a livelier, more exhilarating experience while on their holiday breaks and Sligo is the new adventure tourism capital of Ireland.  This beautiful County offers a lot more than your average sight-seeing trip and is seeing a considerable upsurge in discerning thrill seeker tourists.  Over 73% of Ireland’s Adventure Tourism activities are based on the Western Seaboard. Kayaking, rowing, abseiling and cycling are not only available, but easily accessible in the most breath-taking scenery that you can imagine.  Why not try a few day’s hiking in the mountains, with a like-minded bunch of people and under the guidance of a local guide. Or take a trip out into the Atlantic to explore the Island of Innishmurray and indulge in a spot of sea fishing.  For the more sedate, the new craze of Supping has a lot of appeal.  This does not refer to sipping pints slowly, (although this is a pretty neat form of adventure in itself!) but Stand Up Paddling.  A simple and gentle evening spent supping on Lough Gill, is good for the soul.

Sligo’s unique landscape lends Mountains, lakes, forests and blue flag beaches offer a natural setting for some of the more popular holiday activities. Imagine yourself horse riding across miles of beautiful empty sand dunes at sun set, golfing on the award winning links golf courses or cycling under Ben the shadow of majestic Ben Bulben.

Recognised internationally as one of the best surfing destinations in Ireland. Surfing takes place in Sligo all year round and classes are available in many local surf schools for visitors who fancy venturing into the waves for the first time. The more experienced wave rider anxious to experience the Atlantic roar, can hire gear and enjoy après-surf chat in any local hostelry.   For the very adventurous, there are cliff jumping trips and organised sea-stag climbing, especially for those who like to get the adrenalin pumping. The giant crags jutting from the wild sea offer heady challenges to the aspiring rock climber. Under the expert supervision of local guides, white water rafting might be your own particular head-rush.     Kayaking and kite surfing! Seal-watching and surf rafting! Sligo has it all.  (See links below).

 

As the drive for a healthier lifestyle and the joy of experiencing something unique brings a new type of visitor to the Wild Atlantic Way, Sligo takes it rightful place as the top Adventure Tourism setting in the country. And when the evening falls and the events of the day mellow into evening, there is a chance to relax in a sea-weed bath, followed by gourmet food and fine company. Sligo. Set your spirit free.

http://www.sligotourism.ie/

www.discoverireland.ie

www.adventuresligo.ie

http://www.uniqueascent.ie/

http://www.northwestadventuretours.ie/

Traditional Music – Sligo Style!

 

Traditional Music – Sligo Style!

Irish traditional music is part of the heritage, the culture and the social scene of Sligo. Home to some of the most gifted and influential musicians, Sligo has a long history of Irish music, rooted deep in the landscape and celebrated at every possible opportunity.  This is a town where you are never far from a foot tapping session in a local hostelry.  On any given night well known musicians can be spotted  joining with fellow trad player for a no fuss, high energy, full of craic seisuin.  Performers like Cathy Jordan (Dervish) and Steve Wickham (The Waterboys)  slip into the rhythm and the craic, for these evenings are as much about fun for the players as they are for the ‘audience’. It is rarely a paid gig, and more often a musical and literal free for all!  Sligo has hosted two Fleadh Cheoil Festivals, in 2014, and 2015.    Over 400, 000 visitors  enjoyed the Fleadh, the  largest Traditional Irish Music Festivals in the world, and many who came for the music, were just as enthralled by the surrounding mountains, forests, lakesides and beaches.  The heritage of Irish music in the Northwest is fed by the wildness of the winds, the tides and of the landscape.

The Coleman Centre, nestled in the rolling hills of Gurteen in South Sligo is the home of the ‘Sligo Style’ of traditional music. The Sligo Style  is a lively and distinct regional form of playing fiddle and flute, with much ornamentation and stylistic expression. It is attributed to the great musicians, Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Kiloran, and their influences on trad music can still be heard today. A visit to the Coleman Centre is a musical tour of Sligo, complete with rare video8 footage of a very young Michael Flatley, door dancing while home for the holidays in the West !  This is not a museum to past session, but a centre of learning for the up and coming young trad players. While you wander around the exhibitions, you are likely to hear flute, bodhran (Irish drum) or tin whistle rehearsals. Treat yourself to a rare recording CD in the gift shop before heading to the nearest musical evening.

If you are a visitor to Ireland, and new to sessions, there are just a few things to remember.  If you sit right up beside the musicians, it is not acceptable to chat while they play. Further back in the pub it is the best option, If you want conversation, with a little background of music,  but even that conversation stops if someone begins ‘sean nos’ or old style unaccompanied singing. Other than this, there are no rules and the more people who join in, with visiting guitars, sitars or alpine horns, the better the craic.  A full list of traditional session in the town can be provided by your hotel receptionist but be warned, if you plan to be in bed by nine, you better mean nine in the morning.

Sligo Crafters, Potters and Artists.

The Beautiful North West coastland of Ireland has long been a mecca for visual artists, craftspeople, potters and creatives of all kinds. Inspired by the landscape, the changing colours of the Seasons and the wild ruggedness of nature and the weather, a great number of designers, musicians and artists have made Sligo their home over the past three decades.  This has resulted in a sharing of skills and ideas and an emergence of places to view exhibitions, or to purchase high quality, design pieces.

The Cat and the Moon in Castle Street Sligo has all the quiet elegance of any uber-chic style shop, while retaining the welcome of a local shop.  Indeed, local is the watch word here, as many artists from the area find an outlet for fine pottery, jewellery, sketches, prints and all manner of hand crafted items.  Jewellery maker and proprietor, Martina Hamilton has made this shop a haven for browsing, shopping and appreciating the simple beauty and unique variety of local artwork. Martina is a jewellery maker herself and her exclusive pieces are heavily inspired by mythology, nature and the world around her.  Upstairs the Hamilton Gallery is a free, quiet exhibition space supporting and promoting artists from the area.

 

Pottery abounds and it is richly influenced by the colours of the scenery and the nature of Sligo. Muted purples and lilacs from the heathers and from the mountains themselves.  Rich blues from the sea and sky.  Earthy browns, rich gold and greens of all shades emerge in the work of such talented ceramic artists as Breeogue pottery, Benbulben  Ceramics and Rachel Quinn Ceramics.  If you feel like ‘having a go’ yourself, many of these artists offers classes and workshops for beginners or as once off experiences.

Sligo is home to a growing number of fine artists also, many of whom, have their work on sale at the  Strandhill Market on Sundays.  Here, the discerning visitor can wander among some of the finest hand crafts on offer anywhere in the country.  Small prints can be purchased for a few euros and full patchwork quilts or commissioned paintings ordered. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed but the interaction between the craftspeople is obvious.

This sharing of artistic knowledge and this meitheall of creativity must surely be a deciding factor in making the North West a mecca for handcrafters of all kinds. In recent years, photography has become increasingly popular and spectacular images of the area are captured beautifully by Ciaran McHugh, Colin Gillen and Suzy McCanny Photography, among others.  Woodturning has a particular resonance in Sligo, where the finest hardwoods are transformed into items of timeless elegance, reflecting the ageless strength and beauty of the trees themselves.

No visitor to the Wild Atlantic Way can avoid being inspired to action their own creativity, whether that translates into poetry, painting or uploading instagram photographs that will amaze and delight family and friends.  Sligo lets your spirits soar and in that soaring, we find beauty and art of all kinds.

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Tracing Your Sligo Roots- the Riverside Hotel Sligo

Tracing Your Sligo Roots-

Whether you are visiting Sligo from abroad or have been a native Sligonian all your life, you might be considering tracing back and checking out your roots. We are pleased to offer some simple and fruitful advice on where to find information, official documentation and a real experience of how their lives might have been.

Start with Family: Someone in every family acts as the archivist and the keeper of the important stuff. Identify who this is, it may be a long lost cousin or your aunt in Australia, but they may have already amassed a wealth of knowledge which will save you time. Trawl through the letters, photograph albums and important documents and make lists of important names, dates and places.

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The World Wide Web:   The internet is the ideal place to start looking. If you are not of the digital age (ie.Over 65!), then borrow a younger relative and start surfing. This is a treasure hunt, and you can, of course, Google randomly for the names and places in the time frame which interests you. This might result in you striking gold, with a lead to long lost relatives, in the first few clicks but it is more likely that the sheer volume of information may put you off so it is best to use a treasure map, or a list of useful sites. According to the Census returns a staggering 75,660 emigrated from Sligo in the half-century from 1851-1901, so a good map may well be needed!

http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/ This is an easily navigated site and a very useful place to start your search.

https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/ This excellent website is your gateway to an enormous amount of Irish records. Civil, Church, Census, Property and Migration records are all easily searched. Military and Police records are also accessible here, along with a list of links to graveyard records online. Most importantly, there are discussion groups and blogs so that information can be shared by those who have walked this way before you.

http://www.findmypast.ie/ This is an interesting site which claims to hold the record of 41 million lives, recorded in 1939. It is not a comprehensive site, but it is worth a visit.

http://www.sligoroots.com/   Sligo is fortunate to have its own specific genealogical centre, with an online presence and a very helpful office in the town itself. Affiliated to the national network of genealogical centres in Ireland, the Sligo Historical Society has over twenty years’ experience in ancestral research and, more importantly, an invaluable amount of local knowledge.

Come and See: Nothing will bring your past to life in a more real way, than a visit to the places where your family walked. Sligo is incredibly beautiful. Blue flag beaches, stunning mountains, forests and rivers combine to make it a wonderful holiday destination. If you are tracing the footsteps of your family, a visit will be all the more poignant as you realise the beauty that they had to forego when emigrating. Take a walk to that old cottage on the hillside, or stroll by the lake and appreciate the lives that went before. Sligo scenery is breath-taking and has remained unspoilt over the years. The view you see from the top of Knocknarea is virtually the same as when your ancestors admired it first. The County museum, the Folk Park and the nearby Museum of County Life can bring their lives sharply into focus.

Sligo embraces the new but retains immense respect and reverence for the past. You will enjoy the friendly chat in quaint local pub, while luxury accommodation and gourmet food is the available in abundance. There is a warm welcome waiting. Isn’t it time you came home?

 

Happy Hunting

from all at the riverside hotel…