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A Call from Sligo on Saint Patrick’s Day

The Hawk's Well Theatre is offering the chance to nominate someone you know to receive a call from Sligo actor Nichola NacEvilly on Saint Patrick’s Day. Ahead of the national holiday, you can nominate someone you know anywhere in the world (or even yourself!) to receive a call from Nichola on the 17th of March who will read from a selection of poems and prose written about Sligo.  You can choose from a number of options from poets and writers who live in Sligo or are connected to the area, such as Dermot Healy, Eithne Hand, Padraic Neary, Kellie Hughes, Brian Leyden, Eva Gore-Booth, Sebastian Barry, Jessamine O’Connor, Kevin Barry, Nora McGillen and of course WB Yeats.  Full details are on the Hawk’s Well website where you can book your choice and preferred time-shot online.  Nichola will be calling using zoom or you can choose to receive a phone-call if zoom does not suit.

This is one of the initiatives included in the theatre’s online programme ‘With Love from Sligo’ which runs from Valentine’s Day until Saint Patrick’s Day.  Every day online at 5pm, the theatre is sharing songs, tunes and words from Sligo from their website and Facebook channel, in an exciting and vibrant new programme that is guaranteed to bring in the positive vibes as the days grow longer and winter comes to an end.

Acting Director of the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Maeve McGowan says “We are proud to be at the heart of the arts sector in this beautiful part of the world, and feel lucky to be here during lockdown.  The natural beauty of our county has inspired the work of many artists over the years, and many musicians, writers and performers have visited Sligo and made it their home.  We are delighted to be sharing songs, tunes and words from Sligos artists with the world virtually over the coming weeks.  Since moving our programme online, we have noticed that people from all over the world are now engaging with us through our online workshop series and online performances.  We are delighted to reach out to new audiences overseas and to celebrate and support our own local artists with this programme.

Cathy Jordan kicked off the programme on Sunday 14 February until Saturday 20 February sharing songs from Sligo everyday for a week on facebook live at 5pm.  As part of the internationally-recognised Dervish musician’s recently announced residency at the Hawk’s Well she has been collecting Sligo Songs with a view to a performance of the finished body of work in the theatre at some point in the future. Cathy’s Songs from Sligo can be seen on the theatre’s website until the 17th of March.

Tunes from Sligo with Oisín MacDiarmada runs from Sunday 21 February - Saturday 27 February, at 5pm.  Founder of leading traditional group Téada, renowned Sligo fiddle player, Oisín has toured extensively throughout the world for over 20 years.  Instrumentalist Oisín will share the origins of the many wonderful tunes which originate in Sligo, and will post additional information about these tunes on the Hawk’s Well website for those who are inspired to dig deeper into our rich tradition.

As part of this programme, the theatre is also celebrating creative families in Sligo in the From Our Home to Yours series.  Every Sunday from the 28th of February to the 14th of March the theatre will feature a creative bubble in Sligo.  You can see performances from some of Sligo’s many talented families starting with Oisín MacDiarmada and Samantha Harvey at 5pm on Sunday 28th of February, followed on Sunday 7th March by Seamie, Rory and Stephen O'Dowd and on Sunday 14th of March by Niamh Crowley and family.

Every day throughout March (Monday – Friday at 5pm) right up until Saint Patrick’s Day the theatre will feature an online performance from a local artist who hails from Sligo or has chosen to call Sligo home.  These performances from local theatre artists, writers and musicians will shine a light on Sligo.  Featured artists include Bob Kelly, Niamh McGrath, Miriam Needham, Louise Kennedy, Steve Wickham, Eddie Lee, Kieran Quinn, Niamh Crowley, Seamie O'Dowd, Amy O'Hara, Eithne Hand, Jessamine O'Connor and many more take part in this celebration of the place we call home.

Whether your near or far, be sure to log on to and enjoy the depth and talent amongst us.  

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