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Season of Yeats

We welcome you to the first Tread Softly…, a new festival bringing the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons to life with 10 days of Music, Theatre, Exhibitions and the Spoken Word. We sincerely hope you, both visitor and resident, will find events and activities to brighten up your summer and make your Sligo experience all the more enjoyable.

Tread Softly…is part of Sligo’s Season of Yeats, supported by Fáilte Ireland, which commenced on June 13th, the poet’s birthday and the inaugural Yeats Day. The Season of Yeats continues right through the Cairde Festival in July to reach its finale in August with the Yeats International Summer School and the Tread Softly… festival.


Tread Softly - Yeats Vintage Day

Sligo is turning back the clock on August 4th to host a very special Yeats Vintage Day all in an effort to raise much-needed funds for a fantastic cause. With vintage cars and carriages, and prizes for best dressed man and woman, this will be a great day so don’t miss your opportunity to dress up in the Edwardian style costume of the 20’s, step back in time and have a load of fun along the way.

Vintage Day

If you fancy making your own costume join us on Wednesday July 18th at 8pm in the Factory Performance Space, Lower Quay Street for a free workshop.

Costumes are also available to hire from, Mobile no. 085-2243306

To register and receive your sponsorship card: please pickup in person from the new Failte Ireland tourist office in O'Connell Street or if you would like the Hospice to send them out to you, phone 071 9143317 or go to and complete the e mail form with your name, address, email and mobile telephone number

Y Tunes Song Contest

Are you our 21st century wandering Angus or a Poet of Pop Music? Thread Softly is searching for a song inspired by the words or literary images of WB Yeats and offering a winning prize of €500 and a performance at this year’s Tread Softly festival on Thursday, August 9th. Download the entry form here...(PDF)