A love letter to Sligo…

I moved back to Sligo in 2007, having not lived here full-time in 15 years. And all of a sudden everything clicked. Because the way we interact with ourselves and others depends hugely on our physical environment. Our surroundings matter. And being here in Sligo suited me, it worked for me, in ways I never knew it would.

And so I asked a bunch of friends and family – young and old – to list their favourite things about Sligo. Because in a year where everything was turned upside-down, at least we got to spend it in Sligo. And that undoubtedly made it easier on us.

So – here are some of the people, places and things people mentioned, as well as some of my own choices.

  • Crossing the Curlews on the way home
  • Snow on Benbulben
  • Sligo Rovers and The Showgrounds
  • Annie West
  • The music scene
  • The 4 Lights and The Happy Eater
  • Strandhill – the sunset, The Strand, the sea breeze, Shells, the market, The Venue
  • The Garavogue River and Lough Gill
  • The Hawk’s Well Theatre
  • Streedagh beach and the hidden spots around it
  • Knocknarea and The Warriors Run
  • Westlife
  • Hazelwood
  • Summerhill College
  • The Panto
  • The back road behind Mullaghmore
  • Seamie O’Dowd and Sandy Kelly
  • Toffs
  • Caroline Currid, Mark Scanlon and Dearbhla Walsh
  • The Jazz Ladds
  • The beach, pier, and golf course at Rosses Point
  • Lissadell House
  • Shelly Valley, Culleenamore and The Killaspugbrone Loop
  • Kate’s Kitchen and Heart’s Desire
  • Hargadons, Connollys, McLynns, The Swagman, Earleys
  • Tabby
  • Fabio’s ice cream
  • The music scene (so good it gets in twice)
  • Coney Island and The Glen
  • And with most mentions…the community spirit

Not bad for a small town in the West of Ireland.

Happy Christmas everyone. Thanks for reading these blogs all year.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.