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4th-6th August: Carmel Gunning International Festival of Irish Music

photo (1)The 15th Annual Carmel Gunning Int. Summer School Festival of Irish Music takes place in Sligo town and Geevagh Co. Sligo from the 4th to 6th August inclusive. Classes will be held in all wind instruments, mixed instruments, traditional singing and variation. Guests this year are the MacAuliffe Sisters from London Orlaith and Brogan, Joe Grady from Mayo and Rita Gallagher from Donegal.Full details from Carmel Gunning at and phone number 00353876250454.

Calling all teen beauty queens – new makeup workshop ahead of Debs season

Makeup artist Sharon McCormack has announced a new series of make up classes specifically tailored for teens and young beauty queens ahead of the Debs/Grad night season later this summer.V5

Set to take place during the first two weeks in August, the course will take place over two evenings in KAOS hair salon studio and Sharon will be on hand to guide blossoming young make up artists through the tricks of the trade.

Participants will learn how to apply make up flawlessly while having lots of fun with friends; the workshop will focus on key looks including the ‘sultry smokey eye’ seen regularly on Mila Kunis, the famous Kim K contouring and highlighting and the high-fashion looks of Beyoncé and Rihanna.

This workshop is suitable for teens that love their make-up and want to learn correct application techniques, or, for those unsure about the whole make up process; this master class will give teens the confidence to create looks that leave them looking and feeling their best. The make-up master class will cover the essentials of a beauty regime, skin care, skin types, cleansing, toning, moisturising, exfoliations and prepping the skin for make up.

This is an exciting, fun and informative activity for a girl’s party. Ideal for learning good make-up habits before bad ones are picked up.

It’s a great evening to spend learning the perfect look you want so you can recreate it for your Graduation/Debs night this summer.

Dates: Course 1:August 4th/5th and Course 2: August 11th/12th

Location: KAOS Hair Salon, Harmony Hill, Sligo

To Book: Email or telephone 086 199 0418

July 31st: Eileen Keane to play Markree Castle

eileen spacesEileen Keane acclaimed Singer/Songwriter from Connemara will be playing a number of gigs in Sligo over the August bank Holiday weekend. On July 31st she will be playing with her band in Markree Castle Hotel. This will be an intimate performance held in the atmospheric old chapel and will feature music from her new EP Spaces which has been described as ‘a very fine piece of work’ by veteran musicologist critic and producer PJ Curtis and in a review in the Galway Advertiser the reviewer said, “the 6 exquisite songs are quite something … they gleam with an affecting glow that delights the ear and moves the heart… essential listening’.

In addition she will perform an eclectic mix of beautiful songs from the Irish/American folk repertoire. Markree is offering a dinner special plus Music for Bookings, call 071 9167800 for details. She will also play the Osta Cafe on Friday August 1st as part of the Lunasa Festival. This is an exciting new voice on the Irish Folk scene not to be missed.

10th-17th August: Fleadh Cheoil at the Hawk’s Well

fleadh_hawkswelltheatreThe Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo is delighted to team up with Fleadh Cheoil Sligo 2014 this summer to present a week of sensational traditional music, song and dance.  Marie O’Byrne, Director at the Hawk’s Well says ‘We look forward to welcoming visitors from every part of the globe during the Fleadh and becoming home-away-from-home for all.” Performances take place every night of the Fleadh at the theatre from Sunday 10th to Sunday 17th of August. Day time performances take place from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Daytime performances include on Wednesday 13th at 1pm Colm O’Donnell’s performance ‘Songs from Home’ originally commissioned by the Hawk’s Well theatre during Bealtaine 2014. ‘The Apple Didn’t Fall Far From The Tree’ on Thursday 14th  at 1pm is a celebration of musicial succession and the preservation of regional accents and styles to be found throughout Ireland. Friday’s lunchtime show is ‘Jamesy Coleman’s Music Hall’ – a celebration of Michael Coleman’s impact and features a host of musicians who play in the style of the great master.

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Friday July 25th: The Sligo Masters Film Documentary Launch

Sligo Masters team at Teach Murray, Gurteen

Sligo Masters team at Teach Murray, Gurteen

The Sligo Masters, a film which looks at the lives of some of the county’s most famous traditional musicians, will be launched at the Gaiety Cinema in Sligo on Friday next, July 25th.

The film, which focuses in particular on the three great fiddle players – Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran – was filmed on location in Sligo, New York and Dublin, and casts an eye on a time when these musicians were to the forefront of traditional Irish music on the world stage.

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Sunday 3rd and 17th August: Codladh Sámh for Babies and their Parents at the Hawk’s Well

Codladh SámhThe Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo has produced a gorgeous show especially for babies age 3-18 months (and their parents!) Musicians Jessie Whitehead, Collette Sheerin and Lucie Crichlow  were commissioned by the Theatre to research traditional Irish lullabies for this  show  – Codladh Sámh (which means ‘sleep tight’ in Irish).

This truly unforgettable traditional music experience for babies celebrates forgotten lullabies of yesteryear. A trio of musicians and singers delight and enchant tiny audiences with a selection of favourite traditional lullabies. As babies relax in soft surrounds…angelic voices, music and gently moving projections will captivate babies and bring parents and carers on a trip down memory lane through gentle songs of slumber.

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Saturday 19th July: One of a kind vintage gowns and vinyl at Sligo Flea’s July market

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Browsing the rails and records at the Sligo Flea Market – Photo: Anna Leask

Are you hunting for a unique dress for your upcoming Debs, or have a summer event coming up? Look no further as Sligo’s only indoor vintage, vinyl and craft market returns to The Model on 19 July for the second of a trio of markets taking place throughout the summer. Stallholders will be selling one of a kind vintage dresses from the 1950s to the 1970s, with costume jewellery to match!

The spacious, cool interior of the historic Model building is perfectly suited for comfortably browsing the stalls of vinyl records, local crafts and illustrators, bric a brac, costume jewellery and vintage clothing.

The market will be open to the public between 12-5pm, there is free Wi-Fi in the building, and after an afternoon of browsing and buying, visitors can unwind at The Model Café, located in the bright central atrium of The Model.

If you’d like to apply for a stall, we are currently accepting applications for our final summer market (23 August). Visit our Facebook page at

You can follow the activity of the Sligo Flea, from stallholders, live updates and all the latest news, on Facebook, instagram and twitter, and by using the hashtag #SligoFlea.


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