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Fri July 25th: Friday Night Social at The Model 5 – 8pm

fns_poster_final_print3 (2)This month’s Friday Night Social returns to The Model this Friday July 25th from 5 – 8pm. This month, it runs during the Sligo Jazz Summer School and Festival, and as a result we’ve teamed up to provide a couple of jazz themed events this Friday.

Spike Sligo and Sligo Jazz Festival have teamed up to present Barry Cullen in a monologue based on Spike Milligan’s own thoughts on music. The show is devised and edited by Jazz writer Stephen Graham (BBC radio 3 Stephen will also present a selection of the best Jazz scenes in the movies.

To round the evening off we celebrate the life and work of the late Dermot Healy. We have asked some local faces from Sligo’s cultural scene to share their favourite pieces from Healy’s repertoire, including Colin Gillen, John Carty and Padraic Meehan.

We’ll also have our regular house DJs and great food from The Model Cafe.

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Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival 2014 – Celebrate Irish Culture and Heritage

old fair dayThe 29th Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival returns on Saturday 9th August and runs to the highlight of the festival – the Old Fair Day on Wednesday 13th August. A five day festival this August for all the family to enjoy in South Sligo.

Chairman Tommy McGuinness explains the highlights of this year’s festival “The time of year has come for us to present our 2014 Festival. The voluntary committee has worked tirelessly trying to organise an event that has something for everyone to enjoy. Saturday 9th we open at 8 p.m. with local live music group “The Border Collies” and a display of top class Irish dance followed by three street theatre acts.

Our Super Heroes and Princess Themed fancy dress is also on for the kids and adults alike on our opening night. Sunday 10th we are delighted to have Surlis’s SuperValu return to sponsor our Family Fun Day beginning at 12.30 p.m. With live pig racing, free arts and crafts marquee with pottery making, the dog show and pimp my wheelbarrow grandprix which is sure to provide a good laugh. Meet your favourite cartoon characters and enjoy fun for all the family. Monday 11th, the Family Resource Centre hosts “Kids Zone” featuring pet farms, crafts and children’s entertainment. At 9 p.m. the “Old Fair Day Conspiracy” runs in St. Brigid’s Hall. A great locally produced movie not to be missed. Tuesday 12th, St.Brigid’s Hall host a kid’s matinee followed by a local family treasure hunt of Tubbercurry.

Wednesday 13th, we present our Old Fair Day, the culmination of a lot of hard work. Where people will get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of fair days gone in our crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children’s fun zones and enjoy live demonstrations from spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing. The armed forces are kindly displaying vehicles and armoury, which will enhance our display of vintage tractors, cars, bikes and machinery. As always thanks to the local farmers who bring their prize winning cattle, sheep, pigs and various other animals for our visitors to view. There will also be over a hundred exhibitors dotted throughout the town and we are delighted to have the hugely popular Derek Ryan and his band provide live music from 3 p.m. proceeded by Sligo Group the Quakers at 12 p.m. We are also delighted with the return of Ocean FM and the Lazy Afternoon Show for their live outside broadcast.”

This year Murray’s funfair returns for the first time since 1985 and will be open nightly over the festival period. We are proud to present our fair as a festival where old and new friends alike can meet and savour the hospitality our town offers.

Cead Mile Failte to all our visitors. Enjoy our festival.

Starting back in 1985 the Old Fair Day was the brain child of a number of well-known Tubbercurry natives including Jackie Coogan, Eddie Walsh and Padraig Neary who saw an opportunity to stage a Day in the Town dedicated to celebrating the Fairs of days gone by. All three men saw the importance of the fair day to Tubbercurry and how its memory should not be forgotten and so was born the first Old Fair Day. E: T: ++353 876489779 #OldFairDay

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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