Sligo Central Library Event_Dacre Stoker reads Dracul

Wednesday  |  October 23  |  6.30PM

Sligo Central Library

In association with the Sligo Stoker Society

Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker, and a best selling novelist in his own right. Sligo Stoker Society is welcoming Dacre to Sligo town on Wednesday 23rd October, 2019.

Dacre’s great great grandmother Charlotte Thornley Stoker lived in Sligo during the cholera epidemic of 1832 and was the mother of Bram Stoker. Her tales of Sligo’s epidemic are said to have influenced the novel Dracula. Therefore it will be a spiritual homecoming of sorts for Dacre, and his first time to visit Sligo. He is based in the U.S. and has a large international following.

Sligo Stoker Society, a voluntary society with a focus on historical research, are helping to organise the events and aim to launch signage (outlining the Sligo/Dracula historical connection) to coincide with Dacre’s visit. The signage was funded by Sligo County Council C&V Heritage grants scheme and Sligo LEADER partnership.


PUBLIC EVENT (FREE) 6.30pm – Sligo Central Library in association with the Sligo Stoker Society will host Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of Bram Stoker. Dacre will read selected passages from Dracul which he co-authored with JD Barker, the origin story of Bram Stoker writing Dracula.

Q&A with Dr. Fiona Gallagher (Author of Streets of Sligo).

Music with Niamh Crowley and Anna Houston

Contact: 0719111675 or

Sligo EDIC Soapbox: Thursday 17th of October

Sligo EDIC is hosting a Soapbox event on Thursday 17th October at 6:30pm in Sligo Central Library.

This year the topic is “CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT MY PROBLEM”.

There is an under 18 and over 18 competition and Sligo EDIC covers the counties of Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.

The winners of both age groups receive an IPad and go forward to the national finals where the overall winners receive a weekend trip away to Brussels to visit the European Parliament along with some spending money.

The Under 18 Competition is run through the Secondary Schools so please contact the TY Form Teacher or an English teacher at your school.

The Over 18 Competition is run with the co-operation of the Toastmaster organisation so please contact your local Toastmaster group.

If you have any queries please contact

Soapbox Rules for Applicants 2019

Sligo Central Library: The Word with ITSligo

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library after the Summer break on Wednesday 25th of September at 6.30pm.

Louise Kennedy, just back from attending Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award ceremony in London for which she was shortlisted, will be reading her story, Silhouette.


Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co. Down. Her work has been published in journals including The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and Banshee. She has won several short story prizes and was shortlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

Michael Nolan, writer and editor of The Tangerine, which first published Louise’s story, will also be reading.

Michael Nolan is from Belfast. His work has appeared and is upcoming in The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers and The Lifeboat. His story, Cenacle, was produced by BBC Radio 4. He is the fiction editor of The Tangerine. 

The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event.


Pauline Brennan recently left her job of Senior Executive Librarian to take a post of County Librarian with Leitrim County Council. She is pictured receiving a presentation from the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Tom MacSharry.

Sligo Library Online Services



You can access this service using your library barcode and library pin number. The eBook services are provided for library users by Bolinda through the Borrow Box service.


eLearning Courses

There are over 400 courses available to you. You can access this service using your library barcode. The eLearning Courses are provided for library users by Universal Class.


The eMagazines service offers full-colour, interactive digital magazines. You can register for this service by using your library barcode and by completing the registration form. They are provided by RB Digital.


You can access this service using your library barcode and library pin number. The eAudiobooks service is provided for library users by Bolinda through the Borrow Box service.

Online Languages

You can access up to 70 language courses for FREE with your Sligo LIbrary card. The online languages’ service is provided for library users by Mango Languages.

In-Library Reference Learning

You can access a number of Reference Learning Applications in any of our Sligo Library Branches, including,

The Dictionary of Irish Biography

JSTOR archive

Irish Times Digital Archive


Sligo Library: August Public Holiday

Sligo Library Branches will be closed on Saturday, 3rd of August.

Ballymote, Sligo Central and Tubbercurry Libraries will re-open on Tuesday 6th of August.

Enniscrone Library will re-open on Wednesday, 7th of August.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sligo Central Library: Tread Softly

Balor of the Evil Eye & The Sidhe

Interactive Stories for Children – Balor of the Evil Eye

Inspired by the stories of old – two days of imagining.  Artist Dympna Cunningham and Storyteller / Artist Wayne O Connor work together guiding children into a creative art session while setting the stage with myths and legends. A different story and artwork will be produced each day.

Two Sessions: Age 7-10: Booking Essential: Phone 0719111675 to reserve your place
1 August 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Sligo Library, Stephen St
2 August 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Sligo Library, Stephen St

CAIRDE Sligo Arts Festival at Sligo Central Library

Sligo Central Library are celebrating CAIRDE Sligo Arts Festival with a selection of events to suit everyone.


Tuesday 9th of July at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:


Sinéad Gleeson reads from her critically acclaimed collection of essays, Constellations, which was published in  April 2018.

Wednesday 10th of July at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm:


A storytelling and puppet performance commissioned by Dublin City Council, to celebrate and mark the arrival of three new baby elephants in Dublin Zoo. Inspired by a Panchatantra Hindu animal fable from India, simple paper sets and puppets are used to re-enact, this gentle and imaginative tale of the small saving the large. The children have a chance to respond to the piece through drawing at the end.

Ba mhór ag Púca Puppets Na Luchóga agus na hEilifintí a chur os bhur gcomhair. Fabhal ainmhithe de chuid Panchatanta Hindu ón Ind atá ann. Ag brath ar líníocht, ar pháipéar agus ar phuipéid, léireofar an scéal álainn seo. Tá teachtaireacht ar leith ann- cabhraíonn an té ‘beag’ leis an té ‘mór’.

Thursday 11th of July at 4:00 pm:


An afternoon of pop-up performance and poetry in venues throughout Sligo town curated by Patrick Karl Curley. Each poetry vignette will be approximately 15 – 20 minutes in duration, leaving time for audience members to make it to the next destination on our trail.

Tess Gallagher, 4pm at Sligo Central Library

Stephen Street Tess Gallagher is an American poet, essayist, and short story writer. Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two National Endowment for the Arts awards, The Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship (University of Washington), and the Elliston Award for “best book of poetry published by a small press” for the collection Instructions to the Double (1976).


“Sligo County Council Arts Plan 2020-2025 – Have your say – Complete the Survey”

Sligo County Council Arts Plan 2020-2025

Click here to download and complete survey: Sligo Arts Plan Survey


Sligo is home to many thriving and connected communities of artists, creative people and organisations, working in a diverse range of forms and genre. They are visible and recognised for the quality of their thinking, work and contribution to society. The social and economic benefits they bring to our communities are understood and valued. People of all ages and from different types of communities from all parts of the county can have deep and meaningful engagement with arts and creativity.

Now and in the future, this arts plan will underpin the work of artists and creative people through both  financial and empathetic support, so that they have time and space to develop their practice and produce thoughtful, inspiring, high quality work.  The Arts Office of Sligo County Council will be central to this and is referred to as Sligo Arts Office in this survey.

We are surveying the Sligo community, arts and culture providers and supporters as a first step toward identifying arts community need, goals and priorities for the ultimate development of a comprehensive county arts and culture plan.

So far, our conversations with stakeholders have resulted in a number of identifiable priorities for the forthcoming arts plan:

  1. The need to appoint an arts officer to lead out and represent the arts at local and national levels. This is seen as essential in terms of driving the development of the arts over the next 5 years.
  2. Artist’s workspaces – artists need spaces in which to work and provision of studios would address this need. Security of tenure and fair rents should feature in any plan to develop artists’ workspaces.
  3. Direct project, awards, bursaries to artists – these are essential to enabling artists to create work and to make a living in Sligo. Artists work is being considered in context i.e. artist as citizen, creator, economic and social stakeholder, entrepreneur. Openness to working with Enterprise Boards and to harness other funding streams and opportunities has been a feature of artists work and will be strengthened in this arts plan.
  4. Public art – new possibilities in public art/ art in the public realm will be explored across disciplines and public services to build on Sligo’s considerable reputation in inventive and creative use of public art resources
  5. New ways of working – Sligo is home to a range of high quality arts organisations, venues and festivals e.g. Chamber Music Festival with the Vogler Quartet, Cairde, Yeats Summer School, Blue Raincoat, Model Niland etc. The former arts plan sought ways of working with and through these partners and in the new arts plan these relationships will be strengthened and enhanced with additional resources and innovations.

The survey will help us to build a comprehensive picture of the arts in the county and we would, very much, appreciate your participation.

Above all, we look to forward to sharing the results from these surveys and the outcome of our deliberations in Sligo’s new arts plan which will be published in the autumn.

Please forward this survey via email to by 10th July 2019.

Sligo Library: Summer Stars Reading Challenge 2019

Sligo Central Library: Summer Stars 2019 Award ceremony, taking place on Monday, 19th of August.

Details are here:


Summer Stars starts Tuesday 18th June

Visit your library and take out books that you will enjoy reading. This will develop your reading abilities and by continuing to read during your school holidays, you’ll be ready for the next class you go into in September.

Best of all, you’ll get prizes and rewards for taking part in the Summer Stars:

You’ll get a ‘Reading Card’ to record your progress and write down your favourite books.

Each time you visit the library you will get Free Rewards (Show children the rewards)

  • Visit 1: Reading Card & Drawstring Bag
  • Visit 2: Pencil Case
  • Visit 3: Bookmark & Pencil
  • Visit 4: Wristband           
  • Awards Presentation: Medals & Certificates

For more details, contact your local library branch:

Ballymote Community Library: 0719111669

Enniscrone Branch Library: 0719111653

Sligo Central Library: 0719111675

Tubbercurry Community Library: 0719111705