2016 Bealtaine Festival


Bealtaine Events Sligo 2016

Sligo County Council Arts Service and HSE West Programme of Events

Bealtaine Festival Sligo Programme 2016 (PDF) - 813 kbs


Art Exhibition & Stories

Monday 2nd – Tuesday 31st May

Primary Care Unit, Markievicz House, Sligo

This wonderful exhibition is a collection of paintings and stories created by the older residents of Bailey’s Nursing Home Tubbercurry.


‘Share a Story’

A collection of life’s stories

Tuesday 3rd – Tuesday 31st May

Sligo, Ballymote & Tubbercurry Library

Artist Clare Doohan has worked with older residents in Bailey’s Nursing Home in the collection of life’s stories. The general public are invited to take a story, read it, share it, and pass it on.


‘Blow Dry’

A Carnation Theatre Production

Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th May

Blow Dry is a two-person play based on the classic All about Eve but jumped into the heat wave days of 1970’s Ireland. There's an oil crisis and we're all smoking Carrolls and drinking Dubonnet while driving a Ford Focus - and no one would ever dream of wearing a seat belt…

Tuesday 3rd May,

Easkey Health Centre, 2.30pm -3.30pm

Wednesday 4th May,

Avalon Community Centre, 11.30am -12.30pm

Nazareth Care Village, 2.30pm -3.30pm


‘I Hear You and Rejoice’

A one-man show by Mikel Murfi

Thursday 5th May, Rathcormac Hall, 7pm

The Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival links with the Bealtaine Sligo to host a one – man show by actor Mikel Murfi.

Music & light refreshments will end the evenings entertainment.

Admission is free: For more information / booking contact: Catherine 086 8424969


Afternoon Tea & Art Exhibition

Friday 6th May, Gallagher House, Tubbercurry, 2pm

Join the service users of Gallagher House for afternoon tea and view their exhibition ‘Delight’ a mixed media artwork display.

For more information, contact: Catherine 086 8424969


Spoken Word Session

Sunday 8th May, The Old School House, Rathcormac, 3pm

Spoken word and stories session with writer Maura Gilligan. All are welcome to share a story and add to the conversation.

Admission is free: No booking required, come early.


Sligo Age Friendly Strategy Launch

Monday 23rd May, 

‘Making Sligo a great place in which to grow old’. You are invited to the launch of the Sligo Age Friendly Strategy.

Contact: Dolores McDonagh 071 9114414 e-mail: agefriendlysligo@sligococo.ie


‘The Rambling House’

Exhibition, Spoken Word and Slide Show Talk

Thursday 26th May, Ballymote Library, Teeling Street, 8pm-9pm

The participants of the Ballymote Intergenerational Arts Project, Colaiste Mhuire Secondary School Ballymote and Ballymote Nursing Unit invite you to the opening of their ceramic tile exhibition and slide show talk. The evening will also consist of some short readings from the Bailey’s Nursing Home ‘Share a Story’ project.

All are welcome.



Friday 27th May, St John’s Community Hospital, Sligo 2.30pm

‘Landscape’ is the title of St. John’s mural project, the mural artworks were created by artists Jo Lewis and Marcella Ferguson. Imagery for the murals was inspired by paintings and collage work created by the St. John’s residents during weekly creative workshop sessions. Join the artists and residents on Friday afternoon to celebrate their work.

All are welcome.


Bealtaine Sligo 2016 Feature

‘I Hear You and Rejoice’
A one-man show by actor Mikel Murfi

Late in his life, a man called Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey who is everything that Pat isn’t. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one …

‘I Hear You and Rejoice’ is an account of one of the most unlikely marriages of all time - “the ups, the downs and the beyond the beyonds.”

This show is a second commission and collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, the Hawk’s Well Theatre and actor Mikel Murfi. It follows a previous commission ‘The Man In The Woman’s Shoes’. Both shows were created for the Bealtaine Festival Sligo, with funding from Sligo County Council, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, HSE West and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Performance Dates & Venues

Rathcormac Hall, Thursday 5th May 7pm

The Fairgreen, Creative and Culinary Centre, Skreen, Thursday 12th May 2pm - 3pm

Ballymote Library, Teeling Street, Ballymote, Thursday 12th May 8pm

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th May 7.30pm

Tickets are FREE to all performances. Booking is required.

Contact the Hawk’s Well Theatre box office for Hawk’s Well performance events: 071 916 1518

Contact Catherine for Rathcormac, The Fairgreen and Ballymote Library performance events 086 8424969

A number of other events are being hosted by groups and venues throughout the County.

For information see www.themodel.ie and www.bealtaine.com



Bealtaine 2016 sponsors 

© Sligo County Council Arts Department, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland tel: +353 (0) 71 911 4465 arts@sligococo.ie