The Arts

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'Crazy Jane' at The Hamilton Gallery

Added: 09/06/17 : 06:01:48

The opening of 'Crazy Jane' at Hamilton Gallery on Yeats Day, Tuesday 13th June at 5pm  

Featuring small works by 90 Invited Artists. Professor Sean Golden will open the exhibition

'Crazy Jane' is the third iteration of Hamilton Gallery’s Annual Invited Artists exhibition series themed around the works of W B Yeats.

Ninety visual artists from all over Ireland bring their own contemporary visual reflections to bear on Yeats’ most potent and visceral female foil Crazy Jane.  

Through her they comment afresh, with the perspective of an artist’s eye, on modern Ireland 100 years on from the birth of the state.

Hamilton Gallery
4 Castle St

From 'India to Ithaca' launch

Added: 09/06/17 : 06:05:26

Paula Lahiff book launch 'From India to Ithaca'

Paula Lahiff is launching her book From India to Ithaca, a selection of poems about her life, mirroring Odysseus’s journey back to Ithaca in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey.

The book gives a wonderful insight into the good, the bad and the struggle of her life with Polio and its after-effects, and how her family, her friends and her sense of humour have helped her through.

Her poetry is very dark in some places, very funny in others and will have your emotions in turmoil as you accompany ‘this woman of experience, a wise woman, as she strides out on the road to Ithaca.’

From India to Ithaca is being launched on Yeats Birthday 13th June in the Yeats Memorial Building at 1.00pm. All are welcome.

The Yeats Society
Yeats Memorial Building
Hyde Bridge
Yeats By Candlelight

Added: 27/04/17 : 13:53:58

Following on from the huge success of their lunchtime performances of “Yeats By Candlelight” during the 2015 All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo and four subsequent shows that October, Sligo Drama Circle is delighted to announce a further two performances of the show this May. These performances will take place in the Yeats Memorial Building on Thursday May 4th and Friday May 5th at 8pm. Admission for the performance, which lasts approximately an hour, is just €5.

The show details the life and loves of W.B. Yeats with a special focus on the women in his life. The show begins with Yeats’ first meeting with Maud Gonne and proceeds to share stories and anecdotes of his friends and lovers. These stories are given context with reference to the political and cultural life in Ireland at the time, mentioning Home Rule, the Anglo-Irish Literary Revival and, of course, the Easter Rising in 1916.

The show is interspersed with extracts from nineteen different Yeats poems which illustrate the unfolding story. Many pieces of information about W.B. Yeats will be revealed of which many people may be unaware.

Well known historical figures mentioned during the course of the show include Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lady Gregory, Countess Markiewicz, Patrick Pearse, John Millington Synge, Seán Mc Bride, James Connolly, Roger Casement and many more.

Directed by Michael Leyden with technical direction by Fintan Whelan, the show is presented by three actors: Damien Quinn, Orla Mc Sharry and Máire Hynes. With live musicians and projections of the characters mentioned in the show, this will be a treat for Yeats lovers and everybody associated with Sligo. Little wonder that the show was greeted with standing ovations during previous performances.

Booking for the performances is not necessary, patrons can just turn up on the night of their preference.

Sligo Orpheus Choir presents “Music for a Summers Evening”

Added: 01/05/17 : 07:47:31

Sligo Orpheus Choir presents “Music for a Summers Evening” in the Canis Major, Clayton Hotel Sligo on Friday 12th May at 8 pm.

The concert will feature the music of John Rutter and (as we are planning a choir trip to Iceland later in the year) traditional Icelandic folk songs. Concert Goers will  enjoy this  venue with its high roof beams, beautiful original stain glass windows perfect acoustics and comfortable seating making it the ideal concert venue. why not join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening of Music.

Refreshments and a bar will be available during the interval and after the performance

Tickets are available from Liber Book O’Connell St, Hawkswell Booking office And Sligo Tourist Office O’Connell St.

They are also available online from