South & West Sligo Tourism launch ‘Sligo's Hidden Gems' brochure

“Sligo’s Hidden Gems to Treasured Destinations”

The launch of the South & West Sligo’s Hidden Gems’ Tourism brochure took place in the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone recently. This is a genuine community initiative, planned and produced by a dedicated committee of volunteers and local tourism businesses. The aim is to showcase and unveil the hidden gems and treasures of south and west Sligo.

“South Sligo Tourism was established to boost visitor numbers and tourism revenue in the region”, said Cllr. Paul Taylor, Chairman, South & West Sligo Tourism, “This brochure is a tangible step towards achieving our aim. Now we have a publication which specifically highlights all that we have to offer in this area.  The tourism spotlight will illuminate the treasures of south and west Sligo which have for so long remained undiscovered”.

The brochure is both practical and eye-catching. In addition to detailing the many tourist attractions, it also contains a comprehensive map and full calendar of events for 2018, including a weekly Irish music session guide. Right across the south and west Sligo region there are activities and festivals in from music, heritage, crafts, dancing and drama. The brochure will be an invaluable aid to planning a holiday and are likely to prove very popular with locals as well as visitors.

The launch itself was a microcosm of all that’s good in the region. It’s impossible to imagine a more suitable backdrop than Temple House and while the soaring birds of prey from Eagles Flying might have been at home in the surroundings, the lawn was an unusual home for the kayaks of Wild Wet Adventures, who usually reside in the lake nearby. Inside, other local attractions showcased their wares including Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Tubbercurry Golf Club and Beltra Country Market. Even the vast interior of Temple House is not big enough to house all the attractions that South & West Sligo has to offer, but the tasters served to whet the appetites of all present. Visitors can look forward to walking in the rolling low lands of the Ox Mountains, learning Irish music at the Coleman Music Centre, taking in a Ceili during the South Sligo Summer School or just relaxing and enjoying the pace of life in this delightful area.

The REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) project 2016, led by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Sligo County Council, facilitated the setting up of the South Sligo Tourism Group. This group is a shining example of how real partnership can and does work within communities. Through them South & West Sligo is emphatically claiming its place on the Irish tourism map.

For more information check them out on Facebook: or Twitter #SouthSligo

More Information:

Contact: Paul Taylor, Chairman, South & West Sligo Tourism

E: M: 087-6794509

South Sligo Summer School 2017

South Sligo Summer School was held from 9th – 15th July 2017.

Christmas Swing

Established in 1987, the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is held annually in Tubbercurry during the second week in July. The official opening takes place on the evening of the second Sunday in July and there follows a packed programme of formal & informal events for the week, including masterclasses, a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions. Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance. Class sizes are kept small and are graded.

A packed programme of events also includes nightly ceilis in St. Brigid’s Hall and concerts featuring tutors, local musicians playing in the South Sligo Style, and visiting singers and musicians. Afternoons are equally busy with masterclasses, sean nos dancing workshops in St. Brigid’s Hall and informal practice sessions led by summer school tutors.

Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.

The entire area surrounding Tubbercurry is a mecca for traditional musicians and the scenic landscape of South Sligo is an added attraction for visitors to the South Sligo Summer School with a whole range of outdoor pursuits for them to partake in during their stay.

Irish Music Classes – Traditional instruments taught include fiddle, flute, tinwhistle, harp, concertina, uilleann pipes, banjo, button accordion, traditional guitar and bodhran. Workshops in sean nos singing, lilting and traditional singing are extremely popular.

Irish Dance Classes and Ceilis – Set and sean nos dancing workshops are held each morning and afternoon respectively.  Nightly ceilis with different bands every night and Irish Music Recitals.     Facebook


Pride of Place Awards Winners

It is with great Pride that I write to you all, On Saturday night a small delegation from Tubbercurry and Sligo County Council traveled to Belfast to the annual Pride of Place Awards Ceremony on Saturday (26 November), Tubbercurry, Co Sligo was presented with one of the top awards in the Competition.


It took runner up place in category three, which is for areas with populations of between 1,000 and 2,000.

The winners of the Pride of Place awards, known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars’, were announced at the special gala event in Belfast Waterfront Hall in front of an audience of approximately 1000 guests and VIPs with many more people tuning in on-line to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony.

Now in its 14th year, the all-island Pride of Place Awards promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise. This year, a broad spectrum of groups were nominated, ranging from small rural communities to inner city housing estates.

The Pride of Place Awards are divided into three awards sections – the main, the cities and the special awards and during the evening a total of 53 awards were announced by TV personality Claire McCollum. The awards ceremony was hosted by Belfast City Council, with the Belfast School of Music, Streetwise Community Circus, Belfast Community Gospel Choir and The James Peak Experience providing the entertainment.

The winners were presented with their awards by Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston, Councillor Matt Garrett, Chairperson of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland, Tom Dowling Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee and George Jones, Chairman of IPB, the event sponsors.

Bank of Ireland Tubbercurry & South Sligo Enterprise Town 2016


Bank of Ireland hosted #Tubbercurry #SouthSligo Enterprise Town on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th November.
Enterprise Town was a community event which gave businesses, clubs and societies in Tubbercurry and the surrounding areas an opportunity to showcase (for free) all they have to offer and what makes this area such a great location to do business, socialise and live in. This was a free event and was open to the entire community.


Tubbercurry Twinning News

Tubbercurry – Viarmes 20th Anniversary of Twinning.  2019
May 9th – 13th 2019 Viarmes will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twinning with Tubbercurry so we are hoping a group of people including students will travel to Viarmes for this celebration.  If you or any of your family or friends are interested do not hesitate to email to discuss. We require some musicians/dancers etc to participate in the celebratory Concert on the Friday night May10th 2019.

Tubbercurry Twinning News 2018 a group of students returned in April after visiting from Viarmes & staying with Host families in Tubbercurry area.  The students & their teachers were very happy with the trip & the great effort the Host families & committee put into compiling a very enjoyable & educational trip.  Thanks to you all.

A group from Tubbercurry were on a trip to Cutigliano in the Tuscany region of Italy from May 8th – 13th.  A Group from Tubbercurry’s Twinning town Viarmes in France  joined with Tubbercurry group. The local Group travelled from Dublin to Pisa & onward then to Cutigliano, Group stayed in a local hotel & host families. Activities while there were, Forest walks, trip to Chianti & visited a winery, trip to cheese making dairy & visited olive oil company. A filled programme was enjoyed by everyone and meeting our French & Italian friends was once again memorable.

2017 Students visiting from Viarmes
A group of students from Viarmes visited Tubbercurry April 12th – 19th.  Host families in the area very kinddly accommodated the students. A full itinerary was planned for the students visiting places of interest in the surrounding area.
A group of Viarmes football veterans visited Tubbercurry from Friday 2nd June returning Monday June 5th.

15th Anniversary of Tubbercurry Viarmes Twinning 2014
The Twinning Committee in Viarmes invited a group from South Sligo to go to Viarmes to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the town twinning. A group of over 40 people travelled Thursday 16th October to Monday 20th October.  The trip included some sightseeing, day trip to Paris a lively concert and a celebration Banquet. It was a very successful & enjoyable trip. We hope to welcome our friends from Viarmes back to Tubbercurry in October 2015.  If you wish to get involved please contact Derek Sherlock on 087 6393137 or email: 

French football team from Viarmes visit Tubbercurry
Thirteen young footballers and six adults from Viarmes visited Tubbercurry from 11th to 14th April last.They were looked after extremely well by Teresa and all the staff in Cawleys Hotel. They had a go at Gaelic Football and hurling on the Saturday morning, some of them adapting remarkably well to a ‘new’ sport. On Saturday afternoon they took part in a soccer blitz organised by Real Tubber followed by a pitchside bar-B-Q courtesy of the parents of the Irish players.They were presented with a perpetual cup and in turn they presented the Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce with an engraved Shield. They visited Castlebar on the Sunday and enjoyed bowling  and paint ball.They had a bus tour of Dublin before returning to France on the Monday afternoon.Many thanks to David Bailey and Darren Kelly of Real Tubber for making the trip such a success.  

French Walking Trip May 2014
A group of our French friends from Viarmes spent a few days enjoying South Sligo. Half of them stayed in the Yeats County in Curry and the other half stayed in families. Maureen Howley brought them walking around Aclare visiting the Holy Well among other places. After lunch in Killorans, Annie herself guided them around Gallagher House and Mullholland House and the famine grave yard and Nathy Brennans for refreshments. The following day Michael Rochford showed them the French mans grave above Gurterslin. After lunch in Don Dirranes home Roger McCarrick brought them on the Maiden River forest walk and to the Ancient Ballyara graveyard with the famous Mullarkey’s horse.   That night the French were treated to a lovely meal in the Moylough Heritage centre. Many of the locals helped in the preparation and the serving of the meal. They came from far and near to entertain the French including the under 17 Irish dancing world champion of 2014, Conor Walsh.  On Sunday some of the French visited Knock Shrine while others spent the day with their host families.
On Monday they headed for Donegal with a gang of Irish to show them the Slieve League Cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in Europe.They also visited the Folk Park at Glencolmcille.The following day they went to Glenveagh National Park and the famous Derry City walls.On Wednesday they saw the Giants Causeway and Bushmills distillery and the Carrick–a– Rede Rope Bridge which very few of them dared to venture across!They stayed in Belfast that night and departed the following day after a bus tour of Belfast. A great time was enjoyed by all.