An eight-day cultural adventure set amidst the stunning backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way – now in its 11th year.
Highlights include Meascan a new cross-cultural collaborative work commissioned especially for the festival; a powerful literary strand, featuring the first ever Irish event with genre-busting Maggie Nelson; and the premiere of the darkly comic Uprooted by Brokentalkers.
Alongside events for young inquisitive minds, we also welcome our first ever Cairde Young Curators programme which presents a series of music, workshop and film carefully selected by our youth panel. At the heart of the programme lies a varied music strand featuring unique collaborations in special locations.
‘Paul, darlin’, this isn’t a democracy. It’s a residents association.’
Lisa Tierney-Keogh’s razor-sharp This Beautiful Village premiered at the Abbey Theatre with a sold-out run in September 2019.
On a quiet street in leafy, suburban Dublin, local residents meet about a piece of graffiti.
Who did it? What does it mean? And what’s to be done about it? They have wine and a quorum. Nothing can go wrong.
Exposing every side of what it means to co-exist in Ireland today, six people will confront their pride, prejudice and privilege.
It won’t be pretty. But it could be beautiful.
★★★★ 'Explosively funny' Sunday Business Post
'A terrific new play, utterly clued in to the zeitgeist' Irish Independent
'An absorbing, funny, challenging play as hot as today's bread fresh from the oven' Sunday Independent
'Excellent ensemble' The Guardian
The Ballygawley music festival is back after a successful year. Headline acts include Derek Ryan and band, Johnny Brady and band, Cliona Hagan and Band, Ruaile Buaile plus many more special guests.
HAGSTRAVAGANZA at The White Hag Brewery 2020!
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
As Ireland’s largest international brewery festival, HAGSTRAVAGANZA is an event where we open up the brewery to celebrate our birthday with a special guest list that includes 22 other breweries around the world, and they’re bringing 90+ presents for everyone to enjoy!
The guest brewery list includes established global industry leaders, while some are breaking onto the scene. And so, while this is an opportunity to taste some of your favourite brands, even the veterans will have a selection of beers from breweries they may not have even heard of before! One thing they all have in common, the beer is awesome!
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Join Ireland’s foremost storyteller as he takes to the roads, dispensing his unique take on ordinary and extraordinary life in Ireland today.
“A self-deprecating and winsome writer whose bittersweet musings on middle-age, loneliness and the search for spiritual enlightenment…are leavened by an incredibly dry and unforced wit” Metro Herald
“…an embattled hero for our times” The Sunday Times
The 4 star Sligo Southern Hotel is located just an 8 minute walk from the theatre and offer great value overnight accommodation
Join Ed Byrne as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.
A TV household name, Ed has been seen on pretty much every TV programme in the UK including Mock The Week, Top Gear, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo (Host), The One Show, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads, Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure, Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay and most recently QI and The Pilgrimage.
Make a night of it and stay at the 4 star Sligo Southern Hotel and Leisure Centre, just 8 minute walk from the theatre
I am often asked “where do you get your material from?” The truth is really that I try to see the funny in everything. My mother died in March 2019 and of course it was sad and grief can be tough sometimes but I saw a lot of funny in that too. Since death comes to us all and grief is something most of us will experience I thought there must be plenty of people who would like that funny to be shared. Also I did a show about my Dad being sick back in 2010 and I couldn’t face my mother in the afterlife because I know her first question would be “your Father got a show, how come I didn’t get one?”
I think it’s tougher to lose your mum. My Dad was best supporting actor. My mother was the actress in a leading role. You are never ready when the star of the show dies. So this is a show about My mother. It’s a show about motherhood and sacrifice, anxiety and grief, the mistakes you make as a mother and a son and the hard road to forgiveness and finally it’s about loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it.
Where do I get my material from?
Life and death!
Stay with us just an 8 minute walk from the theatre
Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return for their 14th concert here in the Hawk’s Well.
The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the FUREYS “Green Fields of France” and President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in National Concert Hall.
Great Xmas Night out, stay with us and make the most of it. The 4 star Sligo Southern Hotel and Leisure Centre is just an eight minute walk from the theatre