Clarion Hotel Sligo
Phone: (353) 71 9119000
Fax: (353) 71 9119001
The Model, previously called Model Arts and Niland Gallery, is a hub of the Niland art collection. Being an award-winning edifice and a prominent center for contemporary arts in Ireland, the Model is the place to be for all the art lovers. There are many exhibition spaces pertaining to contemporary art and education activities, 20th-century Irish art, concert venue and an artist-in-residence program conducted at the venue. It also runs music, cinema and performance courses and eight artist studios. Check the website for more details.
This famous gallery is housed in the Yeats Memorial Building, a distinctive redbricked Victorian structure beside Hyde Bridge in the centre of Sligo. The gallery itself was first founded in 1977 largely due to the work of the Yeats Society, who promote the history and culture of the area, and in particular, those landmarks associated with the poet W.B. Yeats. Due to their work the Gallery is able to host regular exhibitions of local, national and international art throughout the year. Admission: free
The theatre is located beside the tourist office in Temple Street and close to the cathedral. One of the few purpose-built theatres in Ireland, it has become a focal point for the arts in the country and each year it hosts some of the major festivals in Sligo. Its programme of drama presents both national and international performances and during the summer months there is a new production every week. The theatre has an attractive foyer bar and full facilities for the disabled. Parking space,however, is very limited.
Spread over 12 acres (48,562 square meters) of land, The Showground is a stadium that can accommodate about 5,500 spectators. Built in 1928, this spacious and well-maintained stadium has witnessed several important football matches in the past and is home to Sligo Rovers Football Club. On the days of key matches, you will see this stadium overcrowded with football fans, cheering their favorite teams.
Named after the revolutionary leader Constance Markiewicz, this stadium is owned by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Sligo. Markievicz Park regularly hosts football and hurling matches attended by relatively huge crowds. On an overcrowded day, the stadium can accommodate up to 15000 people. The stadium also hosts concerts and other cultural activities and a prominent one in the past events list is a 'Westlife' concert.
If you're looking for plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family then you'll find the Glow Bowl is all you need. In a town known for its many amusement arcades this is one of its most modern. There are lanes of fully computerised Ten Pin Bowling alleys, video games, Bumper bowling for the youngsters and of course poll tables. Lots of lively disco music in the background and busy well-staffed Café and Snack Bar. Charges: Mon-Fri. I£3 per person (I£2.50 for 6yrs & under) Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays, I£3.50 per person ( I£2.50 for 6yrs & under)
Referred to as the Brighton of Ireland, this busy seaside village has over the years become probably the most popular resort in South Donegal with much to keep the whole family happy. Originally two villages they now merge into one long promenade with many pubs, cafes and some good restaurants. There are plenty of reasonably priced guesthouses and three or four excellent hotels. There are Blue Flag Beaches and conditions for surfing have made the village the venue for the European Surfing Championships. There is an exciting and award-winning aqua centre that is very popular with children and a better alternative to the very many amusement arcades. Anglers and golfers will be spoilt for choice and of an evening there is an abundance of entertainment particularly in the hotels. Contact the local tourist office for further information.