HSE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, Updates and Resources

Digital Partner Pack Update
HSE Digital have created a COVID-19 Information Booklet, which is being delivered to all households from this week onward. You can download the booklet here

The COVID-19 Information Booklet is also available in Irish and in audiobook. HSE are working to make it available in a number of languages and formats – including audio and braille, which we will include on the digital partner pack as they are ready.

HSE are working with The Irish Deaf Society to develop sign language version of the COVID-19 Information Booklet. Additionally, we are looking to do sign language versions with them for: testing centre instructions plus aftercare.


For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ , hse.ie/coronavirus and hpsc.ie/novelcoronavirus and gov.ie

Thank you in advance for your support at this important time

Coronavirus – COVID 19

Temporary closure of Public Offices

Having regard to the issues presented by the current emergency, Sligo County Council is introducing measures to safeguard the health and well-being of its customers and staff and to help limit the spread of the Covid-19.

Accordingly, all public buildings are being closed to the public from close of business Monday 16th March until at least 19th April. All offices will close including the main offices at County and City Hall, Area offices in Ballymote, Tubbercurry and Enniscrone, Public Libraries and Galleries, Roads Offices in Market Yard and Highmarket House Sligo, Roads and Fire Services admin offices at St Anne’s Place, Sligo, Sligo Sports Centre Cleveragh and Waterpoint, Enniscrone.

The Council sincerely regrets and apologises to our customers and citizens for this action which has been necessitated by the unprecedented global public health risk. You will appreciate that this exceptional measure is necessary in the public interest and is in line with the Chief Medical Officer’s desire to flatten the Covid-19 curve.

Sligo Library Update: Covid-19 Emergency

  • If you have any library items checked out, you can keep hold of them until we re-open.  There will be no overdue notices sent during this time.
  • The return drop box is closed and we will not be taking in any returned items at this moment
  • The reserves function has now been disabled from our website. You cannot currently reserve an item.
  • You can now join Sligo Library online for FREE and get Newspapers, eBooks, audiobooks and online magazines for free straight away. You can also access our online courses, including lanugage courses:


  • To become a member, just click the link and follow the instructions:


  • You will be given a temporary Barcode number and will be asked to set up your own PIN. Once this is done, you will be able to access all our online services. There is also a short guide in how to use the services
  • If you think your membership has lapsed, please contact the Library to update it, in order to access online services.
  • If you are waiting for an available Hold, these items will be available for you when we re-open.
  • For more details or any other information, please, contact Sligo Library as follows:

Phone: 0719111675

Email: sligolib@sligococo.ie

Via our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Take A Closer Look at Your Library on National Library Open Day, February 29!

On Saturday, February 29th, Sligo Central Library will be taking part in the first ever National Library Open Day.

* Ocean FM will be broadcasting live here from 11:00am – 2pm.
* We will have a Special, Saturday Storytime at 11am.
* This will be followed by two shows of The Flea Circus by Pignut Productions, (how does he train those fleas!!🦟🦟🐜) 11.30am and 12Noon
* Imelda Ryan-Jones will be here for story time and puppet show at 2.30pm

Libraries are open most days of course but on Saturday 29th we are issuing a special invitation to everyone in the country to come in and see everything that’s on offer.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been in your local library, you might be surprised at what you can find there!
Libraries are open community spaces with lots going on for everyone of all ages and interests. Come along to your local library on the Open Day to get a taste of the clubs, classes, exhibitions, activities and more on offer at your library.

As well as that, our library staff will be on hand to show you how your library membership allows you to borrow from 12 million items; choose from more box set options than Netflix, get eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines free and straight to your device, or try free online learning classes.

So, if it’s been a while since you’ve visited your library or even if you’re a regular user, please come and Take a Closer Look at what’s on offer on Saturday 29th February!

Award-Winning Writers to Read at The Word

The Word will be back in Sligo Central Library on the 26th February. Gerard Beirne (author and lecturer on IT Sligo’s BA Writing and Literature Program) will host Mary Costello and Siobhan Mannion.

Mary Costello was born in Galway and has published two novels and a collection of stories to great acclaim. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, published in 2012, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her novel, Academy Street, was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Costa First Novel Prize, the EU Prize for Literature, and the Prix Littéraire des Ambassadeurs de la Francophonie en Irlande in 2014. The novel went on to win the Irish Novel of the Year Award as well as the Irish Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The River Capture, has been described by The Times as “One of the most surprising and original novels of 2019.”

Siobhan Mannion will read alongside Mary. Siobhan worked for many years as a radio producer in RTÉ and is a past winner of the Hennessy First Fiction and New Irish Writer of the Year awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in Irish and international publications including Granta, Winter Papers, Banshee, Eighteen Bridges, Stand, The Moth, and The Long Gaze Back and Silver Threads of Hope anthologies. She has a degree in English and French from Trinity College, and a Master’s in Film from UCD.
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. 26th February, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.

Digitise the Nation: Internet Access Classes

Introduction Digital Skills Classes. Four week course on either a Tuesday OR Wednesday afternoon. Starts Tuesday 28th OR Wednesday 29th of January, 2pm-4.30pm.

Group setting. Devices will be provided or you can bring your own.

Phone 0719111675 for more details or to reserve your name.😀📲💻

Sligo Central Library: The First Word of the Decade 2020!

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library in 2020 on Wednesday 29th of January at 6.30pm.

Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border.

Garrett Carr is a writer and map-maker. He lives in Belfast and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen’s University. His book The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border is a portrait of Ireland’s border, its people and culture. It is published by Faber & Faber.

Dr Marion Dowd, author of The Archaeology of Caves of Ireland.

Dr Marion Dowd is an archaeologist and lecturer at IT Sligo. Her research focusses primarily on how people have engaged with caves in Ireland over the past 12,500 years. Her first book, The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland, won the Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2016, and the Tratman Award 2015. Her work explores the interplay between folklore, landscape and archaeology. She is also interested in the changing biographies of monuments and artefacts.

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.

Sligo Library & Museum Christmas Opening Hours

Sligo Library staff would like to wish all of our users and readers a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Remember all library items, including books, audio and DVDS, can be renewed and reserved online via our Always Open Online Services. There are many online services on our website that can be accessed 24 hours/365 days a year, including downloadable ebooks and audio books, magazine and newspaper access, research and learning portals. You can access these with your FREE Library Card barcode number and PIN.

The My Open Library service is available at Tubbercurry Community LIbrary library. My Open Library offers extended opening hours to library members on a self-service basis outside normal opening hours, seven days a week, from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

You need to sign up for My Open Library service in Tubbercurry Community Library.

Please find below the opening hours for Sligo Libraries & Museum over the Christmas period:

Ballymote Community Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 1.30pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 12Noon.

Enniscrone Branch Library:

Closed Wednesday 19th of December at 4pm. Re-open on Thursday, 2nd of January at 11am.

Sligo Central Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 5pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Tubbercurry Community Library:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 1.30pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Local Studies and Reference Library:

Closed Friday 20th of December at 12.45pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Sligo Museum:

Closed Saturday 21st of December at 12.45pm. Re-open Thursday, 2nd of January 2020 at 9.30am.

Ba mhaith le foireann Leabharlann Shligigh Nollaig agus Bliain Nua an-mhaith a thabhairt dár n-úsáideoirí agus dár léitheoirí go léir!

Decade of Centenaries : Martin Savage : The Story of a Young Man

Join us in The Oratory in Ballisodare as we commemorate Martin Savage on the centenary of his passing. The event will take place on Thursday, 5th of December at 6pm.

This commemoration evening will feature music and spoken word of the some of the best local artists and voices.

With special contributions from those who have been inspired by his legacy.

Admission is FREE with light refreshments on the evening.

The Word at Sligo Central Library: Wednesday 27th of November

‘More of a bonfire than a beacon’: women writing for change at this month’s Word

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 27th.  Writer Jessamine O’Connor from the BA Writing and Literature will host guests Sarah Clancy and Bairbre Flood. Sarah Clancy is a poet from Galway City although she now lives in Clare. She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently The Truth and Other Stories (Salmon Poetry). The poet Martin Dyar describes her “rich, rhythmically insistent and often thrillingly confrontational poetry” and Rita Ann Higgins applauds the refreshing style and humanity of Clancy’s poems that ‘act as more of a bonfire than a beacon in these dark times.” She has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championship and was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships. Her new collection will be published by Salmon Poetry.

Reading with Sarah is Bairbre Flood, a writer and journalist living in West Cork. Her story Fejira // to cross won first prize in the Fish Memoir Competition 2019, with publication in the Fish Anthology 2019. The judge Chrissie Gittins described it as ‘a vivid, clear-eyed account which witnesses the facts of these precarious ‘blow-apart lives struggling to start again’ and makes them plain to see.’ Her video-poem, Illegal was runner-up at the Doolin Writers’ Weekend 2019 inaugural video-poem competition; a lament connecting our coffin ship history with modern-day experiences of exile. She has written two books of poetry, and her most recent poems explore migration, loss and identity.

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. 27th November, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.