We welcome you to Tread Softly…, a festival bringing the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons to life with 19 days of Music, Theatre, Exhibitions and the Spoken Word. We sincerely hope you, both visitor and resident, will find events and activities to brighten up your summer and make your Sligo experience all the more enjoyable.
Monday 29th July
The Methodist Hall, Wine Street, Sligo. 8pm €8
‘Now and in time to be’:
remembering Yeats’s decade, 1913-1923
In September 1913, W. B. Yeats pronounced the death of Romantic Ireland. A decade of disenchantment had brought him to this apparently definitive conclusion. Far
from turning away from Ireland, the years between 1913 and 1923 saw an intensification of Yeats’s engagement with the land of his birth. While Europe was absorbed with the First World War and its aftermath, Yeats trained his attention on Irish affairs, ruminating on the Easter Rising, the war of independence and the Irish Civil War. By 1923, Yeats was a Nobel Prize winner and an Irish Senator. This talk will look back at this critical time in the life and work of W. B. Yeats, and for Ireland.
has been Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany since 2009. In September, he will begin his next assignment as Ireland's Ambassador in London. He has maintained a lifelong interest in the life and work of W. B. Yeats.
Friday 2nd August
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo. 8pm €15
Sisters & Brothers:
The Henry Girls & The Lost Brothers
The Lost Brothers have been compared to a more ragged Simon and Garfunkel or an Everly Brothers for our times. Featuring Oisin Leech from Navan and Omagh’s Mark
McCausland, their first two albums have been critically acclaimed by NME, The Irish Times and Hotpress.
Donegal sisters, The Henry Girls, present a selection of darkly beautiful roots music, from bluegrass murder ballads to gypsy torch songs, dirty blues to soul salvation. With the
harp and piano as their main accompaniment, their shimmering harmonies weave a continuous spell throughout their music.
Tread Softly…is part of Yeats Festival Season, supported by Fáilte Ireland, which starts on June 13th, the poet’s birthday and the inaugural Yeats Day. The Season of Yeats continues right through the Cairde Festival in July to reach its finale in August with the Yeats International Summer School and the Tread Softly… festival.
Yeats Winter School
Tread Softly - Yeats Vintage Day
Sligo is turning back the clock on August 3rd to host a very special Yeats Vintage Day all in an effort to raise much-needed funds for a fantastic cause. With vintage cars and carriages, and prizes for best dressed man and woman, this will be a great day so don’t miss your opportunity to dress up in the Edwardian style costume of the 20’s, step back in time and have a load of fun along the way.
Costumes are also available to hire from firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile no. 085-2243306
To register and receive your sponsorship card: please pickup in person from the Discover Ireland tourist office in O'Connell Street or if you would like the Hospice to send them out to you, phone 071 9143317 or go to www.northwesthospice.ie/contact/ and complete the e mail form with your name, address, email and mobile telephone number