Tim Hannigan will join Sligo Central for a The Word on Wednesday 24th of April


Sligo Central Library will be hosting The Word on Wednesday 24th of April in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street from 6:30pm.

Tim Hannigan, Journalist and Guidebook writer, will be joining us in Sligo Central Library to discuss his work.

In Conversation with – Marion Dowd

Music with – Mark Kennedy

Tim Hannigan was born in Penzance in Cornwall. He started his working life as a chef in busy Cornish restaurant kitchens, but later escaped to Southeast Asia to become a journalist and guidebook writer. He is the author of several narrative history books, including the award-winning Raffles and the British Invasion of Java, as well as The Travel Writing Tribe and The Granite Kingdom, which was shortlisted for the 2024 Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year Award. He also studies travel writing as an academic. He has a PhD from the University of Leicester and he teaches on the Writing & Literature programme at ATU Sligo.

Marion Dowd is an archaeologist and academic; she has been a Lecturer of Archaeology at ATU Sligo since 2005. Marion‘s research and publications focus primarily on the archaeology of Ireland’s caves; the intersection between archaeology and folklore; and, more recently, Sligo’s Civil War. She is author and co-editor of seven books.

Mark Kennedy is a singer and musician originally from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. He has learned his trade gigging in pubs and at events all over Ireland.

In order to join a vibrant music scene Mark moved to Sligo 12 years ago and has now put his own roots down in Sligo Town. He has multiple weekly residency gigs as well as his work travelling the country.

Mark can be found doing solo gigs or playing with his own band The Atlantic who specialise in corporate events and weddings. But his real musical love is folk music. He has a grá for songs that tell stories and he believes the Irish are up there with the best of story tellers when it comes to music.

Audience Q&A 

Open Mic is a first come, first served bases, and is limited to five names. Names are taken on the evening; participants are asked to keep within a three minute time-frame.

The event is free and unticketed with limited seating. The doors will close at 6:30pm.

The event will also be streamed on Facebook on the night: //www.facebook.com/SligoCountyLibrary/

The Word is a collaborative event between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature course at Sligo ATU.

There is no charge for this event.


Tel: 0719111675