‘Ebb and Flow’ An All-Female Irish Surf Movie

Exciting week ahead as you launch your first all-female surf movie , ‘Ebb and Flow’. Tell us how it came about?

The idea behind Ebb and Flow is to shine a spotlight on the amazing talent of women in the water
here on the west coast. I’m a surfer and a film maker and after moving to Sligo 2 years ago I was
blown away by the huge community of women who surf, windsurf and sea swim here! I felt like
what I was experiencing here as a female surfer was never really represented in the media so the
idea for the project was born. This film is all about promoting and celebrating the radiant female
community here who take on the the wild Atlantic Ocean on a daily a basis!
Art has also been a huge part of life growing up so I really wanted to create a piece that combined
both surfing and art together as one. To bring this concept to life I worked with the incredible
contemporary artist, Alice Maher who also lives on the west to create animation for the piece. We
delved into the more mystical side of the Irish coastline looking at folklore about Selkies, Grainne
Mhoal and Queen Meave. Her work always represents strong women and the female form so
beautifully and having her drawings in the film really make it a unique viewing experience!
It was also important for me to have the perfect sound to fit this piece. I worked with the talented
Jessie Solange Whitehead from Sligo who composed and recorded a stunning song for the
opening sequence. The film also features music from the Sligo based band, The Hunter. I wanted
Ebb and Flow not only to be a celebration of the female surf community here but also to showcase
the rich creative community that resides on the west too!.The whole concept for Ebb and Flow was set in motion last year when we received funding for the project from Creative Ireland. It has been truly amazing that they have supported a project of this nature and I’m looking forward to bringing it to the public this weekend!

We see lots of surf content being created along the west coast of Ireland but we rarely see
females appear in them. Tell us about the characters you chose to feature in Ebb and Flow?

I love the fact that for a lot of people on the west coast, the ocean plays a central part in their world
and they have built a life around making time for the sea and nature. So it was really important for
me to showcase not only great talent but also women who had struck the balance in their busy
lives to always make time for their love of the Atlantic Ocean. So Katie McAnena, Elizabeth Clyne
and Shauna Ward seemed like the perfect choice! They are a really diverse group of women who
not only surf but also windsurf and SUP too. Growing up in Donegal, Shauna Ward was taught by her father how to surf. They went to the Junior Surf Nationals in Rossnowlagh every summer and later Shauna went on to compete with the Irish surf team. Shauna tackles the waves with amazing power and boldness! Elizabeth Clyne grew up in Strandhill and started surfing from the age of 12. She’s travelled all
over the world surfing and now co-runs her architects firm in Sligo. Elizabeth surfs with such
fluidity and elegance that I feel like you don’t see in a lot of male surf films so it’s been amazing to
capture her style and see how it translates on the screen!. Finally, Katie McAnena, from Galway is an extremely talented all round water women! She has competed around the world windsurfing on two professional tours, is a six-time Irish national windsurfing champion, has won events on the pro-American tour and national SUP champion five times. Katie is also the first woman ever to windsurf the big wave break known as Jaws on the island of Maui in Hawaii. When not in the water she works as a GP and has two beautiful kids!. It’s been amazing watching how these three navigate the ocean not only with such style and grace but also with extreme determination and grit too. They were absolutely fabulous to work with and despite the cold we always had a good laugh whilst filming!.

Shooting a surf documentary or edit on Ireland’s harsh coastline is no easy project. We’re sure you’ve battled the elements more than once. Tell us about the process, how long it took to shoot and the conditions?

I have spent the last year filming with the girls throughout the seasons and in all weather conditions
along the coast of Sligo and Donegal!. I had to shoot in mainly wet and cold conditions especially over the winter months but really enjoyed it! I definitely got good at layering up to stay warm and dry but it was amazing to be out enjoying nature as part of my job. We filmed in many different locations along the coast of Sligo and Donegal. I had only planned on filming for a 3 or 4 months but the weather conditions were not in our favour, especially at the beginning. There were many occasions where we’d arrive at a spot and the swell just hadn’t materialised as predicted on the forecast. This was my first time using a water proof housing for my camera so it was a huge challenge trying to navigate swimming in swell and getting good shots at the same time. I definitely learned a lot throughout the process and realised pretty early on that I had to invest in a warmer wetsuit to stick out the cold. I found it difficult at the start but the more I went out the more comfortable I got with swimming in bigger waves and now I absolutely love being out in the water filming!.


Any project within the surf world in Ireland is a labour of love and involves cold days, numb fingers and goose chases as you watch the charts and hope to score the perfect conditions. How hard was it to get all the characters together, balancing work, family and other commitments from everybody?

The three girls have been absolutely amazing throughout the whole project. They were so
committed from the beginning and have given up so much time for filming which I’m so appreciate
of. Our usual schedule was either early morning or on the weekends. There were many 5 am
starts! We would arrive at our filming location at first light and the girls would surf and then all head
off to work for the day!.

Finally, tell us about the launch this Saturday, time, venue and what people can expect?

The event is on at 8pm in The Factory Performance Space in Sligo Town. There will be a short
drinks reception to begin and then we will show the film. Everyone is welcome and we cannot wait to showcase and celebrate the female surf community hereon the west coast.

Inaugural Quest Sligo adventure race opens for registration on February 7th

South and West Sligo will be the place to be on Saturday 22nd August when adventure racers from all over the country descend on the Northwest as Sligo’s newest adventure race Quest Sligo, the latest and most exciting event to be added to the Quest series of adventure races emerges onto the scene supported by the South and West Sligo Tourism Network. Registration opens next Friday, February 7th for this brand-new, one-day, multi-discipline sporting event which will give participants the opportunity to experience the beauty and hidden gems of South and West Sligo. Temple House Lake, Ladies Brae, Ox Mountains and Coolaney are just some of the stunning locations that participants will traverse on the run, cycle and kayak sections of the event.

Available to people of all fitness levels and abilities, participants have the option of three scenic routes: 35km Challenge, 54km Sport or 73km Expert. As a general rule of thumb if you can run a 10km race you can sign up for a Quest Adventure Race. Whichever route is chosen participants are guaranteed an unforgettable experience with great comradery and adventure.

The finish line buzz at Quest events is legendary, participants will be welcomed across the line with food, drink, Japanese hot tubs, customised t-shirts and much more as well as plenty of other Quest participants ready to celebrate their great personal achievement.

Director of Quest Events, Oliver Kirwan said “We are really looking forward to bringing the series to the North West again. Our route design team have been working hard in the area over the past couple of months to map out the course. We engaged the help of participants from the Quest community and brought a group on a Discovery Day recently where they tested out the routes with us. The feedback was excellent and we are really looking forward to a great event. There will be a thrill and a challenge for everyone on the day regardless of ability.  The great thing about these events is that they’re really accessible and we would encourage local people to take a look and see if it’s something they’d like to challenge themselves with.”

Quest Adventure Series are working with support from South and West Sligo Tourism Network to bring this high-profile event to the area. Paul Taylor, Chair said, “We look forward to welcoming adventure racers and spectators from all over the country to experience what our region has to offer. With an estimated 1200 adventure racers expected to attend, this event will bring a significant boost to the Sligo economy. We will be working closely with the team at Quest to promote and support this event in the coming months while our members will be offering an array of customised packages.”

Quest Sligo is part of Quest Adventure Series – their events encompass several one-day adventure races. Already well-established, events across Ireland in Killarney, Kenmare, Glendalough, Lough Derg and South Kerry attracted over 8,000 participants in 2019.

Quest Sligo opens for registration at 9.30am on Friday February 7th with launch special and early bird rates available for a limited time only.

For more information visit https://www.questadventureseries.com/race/quest-sligo/ or email annette@eliteevents.ie or call 0646635512.

For further details on visiting South and West Sligo, visit https://southsligotourism.ie/

 

Looking West: Moving Back To Ireland After Living And Working As An Engineer In Australia

By slcontrols

The start of the last decade was a time of upheaval in Ireland. The global financial crash was practically all that was in the news and, like other countries, Ireland was hit hard. One of the immediate outcomes of this was that people in many industries chose to move abroad for career reasons.

Roll forward 10 years to today and Ireland is a very different place. The economy is strong again and there are industry-wide success stories across a range of different sectors.

However, part of the hangover from the 2009/10 financial crash remains as there is a pool of Irish talent that is no longer here. They moved away roughly 10 years ago, and many continue to work in their new adoptive countries.

Many, but not all, however, as there are some who are now looking to return to Ireland. They are returning for their careers, to raise a family, and to be back home.

Alan Loughlin is a Validation Consultant. He currently works out of SL Controls’ Sligo office, delivering solutions for pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the North West of Ireland. A short time ago, however, he was doing a similar job in Australia, so his story mirrors the description above.

Becoming An Irish Expat Engineer Down Under
Alan, a NUI Maynooth computer science graduate, worked for SL Controls for almost six years in the mid-2000s. When the Irish economy was hit by the financial crash, he started to look at his options and decided to go travelling.

He travelled around various countries in Asia before ending up in Australia where he lived the standard backpacker’s life – seeing as much of the country as possible while doing various jobs (including fruit picking) to fund the next stage of his travels.

In terms of his career, he was open as to what to do next but then an opportunity came up in Sydney to work in his chosen profession again – validation engineering. He spent a short time in Sydney before moving to Melbourne to do a similar job for a consultancy company that served the Australian pharmaceuticals sector.

Alan’s employer helped him obtain a visa to stay and work in Australia, giving him the opportunity to get further experience, expand his career, and see more of the country in the process.

Ireland Calls
While in Australia, Alan met his wife, Arita, and the couple had a son. Alan said this opened up a whole new chapter in his life.

“Your perspective changes when you have a family,” said Alan. “Your needs change over time.

“I loved Australia. The country, my employer, and the career opportunities I had were all very good to me, but when you have a family you start to miss Ireland a bit more. It’s being away from your extended family and not being able to spend time with your wife and son together with the rest of your family because they are back in Ireland.

“In terms of family, we were on our own in Australia, so we didn’t have that support network that exists when you are back home. This was a big selling point for coming back to Ireland – that support network, plus the fact Ireland is a great place for bringing up children.”

The Move Back
In making his decision, Alan also looked at how Ireland had changed since he left the country eight years previously, noting how it had gone from strength to strength, particularly in relation to the pharmaceuticals sector.

Alan said: “What’s great about Ireland is it’s a real melting pot for multinationals. This provides priceless experience for engineers as there is so much of this industry here.

“When you travel abroad you realise how lucky Ireland is to have this on its doorstep. It’s a great asset to have.”

So, Alan started looking for job opportunities back in Ireland, something which many engineers who left during the late 2000s and early 2010s are also now doing.

For Alan, he chose to take up a position with SL Controls in Sligo.

“When I did start looking back towards Ireland,” Alan said, “I did get a lot of job offers from places like Dublin, Cork etc, but it was great that SL Controls has such a presence on the western seaboard. SL Controls serves so many clients in the West and North West of Ireland that there are opportunities for engineers who want to live and raise a family in this part of the world. It ticked all the boxes for me.

“The company was also a massive help with the relocation and move back to Ireland, making that part of the process go really smoothly for us.

“It’s also really great to see how far SL Controls has come in the period of time I was away. The company has expanded and moved into other areas, including overseas, and I was impressed with the vision and direction the company is heading.

“I was also impressed with SL Control’s focus on innovation as this is a factor when looking for another career step.

“All these things were attractive to me and helped with the decision Arita and I took to move back to Ireland.

“It’s different here, of course. Everyone talks about the weather, but it’s not good to compare the two. For me, I feel lucky to have lived in both countries and I’m looking forward to a future of continuing to advance my career while living and raising a family in Ireland.

Courtesy of SL Controls 

Doolin Surfest Dates Announced.

Doolin Surfest have just announced the dates for the second year of the festival. The event promises to be bigger and better with live music from King Kong Company, Kormac and more.

From March 20-22, surfers from all over Ireland and the UK will make their way to Hotel Doolin in Co.Clare to meet their heroes, watch some of the best cold water surfing on the planet and hear first-hand some of the stories from sessions out at Mullaghmore, Prowlers and other big wave spots along the west coast.

 

Over the course of the weekend, surfers will be awarded for their bravery, skill and dedication with awards for the Best Irish wave , Biggest Wave, Worst Wipeout and Ride of the Year.

Clem McInerney, Competitions Director, added: “It was really amazing to see everything the Irish surf community had to offer last year. During the winter we are always on the move and chasing swells. It was great to have a weekend all in one place where we could look back and reflect on some really amazing achievements.”

Entries are already coming through and if you want to submit your own, then see HERE for details. To buy tickets to the event, head to the website, HERE.

 

Allergan in Mayo completes €160m investment in Westport, adding 63 jobs

Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan has completed a €160 million investment in its Westport, Co Mayo facility as part of a strategic expansion.

The New-York listed botox maker said today its investment in Westport cements that facility’s position as its largest in the world and brings its investment here since it began operations to more than €750 million.

Irish-domiciled Allergan, which has a market value of $62 billion, said its investment would add 63 new jobs at the Westport site and increase its workforce across the Republic beyond 2,000.

The company has developed a “biologics two” facility that will feature state of the art microbiology and cell-based laboratory with research and development capabilities.

 

Speaking in advance of an event to mark the investment, Allergan’s executive vice president of global operations, said: “Throughout our 40 years here in Ireland, , we have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with local, regional and national government and the community around us. We continue to believe Ireland is an outstanding country for investment and expansion for all our products that are manufactured here in Westport.”

Story – Peter Hamilton- Irish Times

Galway’s Eimear Noone to be first woman conductor at Oscars

Irish composer and conductor Eimear Noone will become the first woman to conduct at the Oscars this February.

Galway native Noone will conduct excerpts from the five nominated scores. She is the first female to lead the orchestra in the history of the televised awards, the Academy said.

Noone moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and has worked on almost 30 film and video-game titles. She is married to a US composer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, and the couple have two children. They live in Malibu.

Noone’s first love was video game music, and her first job was with Blizzard-owned World of Warcraft. She told the Irish Examiner in 2016: “When I was in school, my job didn’t exist so it was my passion for orchestral music that led me to my first job on World of Warcraft.

“Seeing the cinematics for that game, that’s what really made me want to go into video game music — it was just overwhelming. They were beautiful.”

She added: “Huge, bombastic scores that require a giant orchestra and choirs — I’m like a kid in a candy store. I’ve followed my love of the orchestra to its most unimaginable conclusion.”

She will take to the pit with the orchestra this coming 8 February. Noone will be one of two high-profile Irish women at the event, as Saoirse Ronan is nominated in the awards for her role in Little Women.

 

Fionn Rogers- Making ‘Tarraingt an Atlantaigh’

Hey Fionn. You’ve just released the first few episodes of a new series called Tarraingt an Atlantaigh on TG4. Tell us about the project and how it came about?

Honestly, the idea has been bubbling for a while. I have spent my life on the West Coast of Ireland, traveling up and down the sea front for waves and work. I have met lots of really interesting characters throughout this time and I have always known there are a lot of interesting stories out there and lessons to be learnt. I like many others who spend a lot of time in the sea, feel a connection with it. It makes me happier, more creative and healthy. In this series I wanted to hear other people’s take on that.

The episodes bring the Irish language to the forefront and showcases some really interesting people living along the western seaboard. How did you go about finding the characters?

Finding the characters wasn’t too hard. I knew a few, and then with a little research and phone calls we were able to find some more. I really feel like we only scratched the surface and there are definitely lots of other amazing coastal characters out there. Maybe we can find them for the next series!

 

Is shooting a series in Irish something you’ve aspired to or are passionate about?

Shooting this series in Irish was amazing. I learned so much from listening to the interviews and then editing them. It was really cool hearing all the different dialects from around the country. My fiancé Caitlín Nic Aoidh is from the Gaeltach in Donegal. She works with TG4 and helped me produce this series. It wouldn’t have happened without her.  I was worried about my Irish not being up to scratch but from shooting the series there was never any hard feelings about it. I think people who speak Irish are proud and passionate about it and want it to be heard whether you are fluent or you’ve only got a couple of words. It’s so nice hearing it first hand and I really want to learn and use it more often.

Tell us about your background and how you started shooting edits and working in the industry?

My dad gave me the loan of a little video camera when I was about 16. I used to get soaked down at the rocks videoing friends surfing during the summers and winters. This was right around the time youtube was kicking off. After I uploaded my first video I was hooked.

You’ve released three episodes so far, what’s next?

We have some epic ones coming up next. Nuala Moore who is an open water swimming legend from Kerry. We have Darek Guziuk who is a Polish Diver who runs Dive Academy out on Inis Mór (Lahinch during time of filming). We also have Easkey Britton who is an Irish surfing legend. She has been working on a lot on the science of what we are talking about in this series, very insightful.

 

I just want to take this opportunity to say some thank everyone who is a part of this series. They were all amazing to work with and really inspiring. TG4 for the opportunity to create something like this. Caitlín for all your patience and work. Finally to everyone who watched and enjoyed the series. If its inspires some people to go into the sea, or for people to go in more often I feel it’s a big win. Míle buíochas

 

 

Leading retail technology innovation from Claremorris

There are not too many indigenous companies operating in the West of Ireland who can count the dotcom bubble of the 1990s and the global financial crisis in 2007 among the challenges they have overcome during almost 40 years in existence – but retail technology firm CBE can do just that.

Indeed, CBE’s consistent success in the ever-changing world of retail payments technology suggests that this business situated at the heart of the Atlantic Economic Corridor is well placed to thrive for another 40 years.

Based inis one of Europe’s leading innovators in retail technology, serving the supermarket, convenience, forecourt and hospitality sectors. It has a staff of almost 150 people, having started out with just three in 1980.

“In the early days we were just buying third-party software from UK suppliers,” says Sean Kenna, chief executive of CBE. “But it didn’t fit all customer requirements, so we decided to set up our own software development company in 1995.”

CBE is now a one-stop shop for anything to do with retail technology. Every day, shoppers throughout the UK and Ireland routinely use their products when making purchases at cash registers, self-checkouts or card readers in local shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, hotels and a host of other outlets.

“We take on all the various areas around the technology of a retail unit – development of the software, supply of the hardware, project management, training, on-field support, consultancy and ongoing software support. We like to come in at the start and offer a complete partnership approach.”

The company employs 146 people between its offices in Ireland and the UK, with 70 percent of them based in head office in Claremorris. Recruitment of additional sales staff and software developers should see staff numbers rise to 150 soon.

Sean joined CBE as a sales rep in 1980 and was its managing director for 15 years before becoming CEO in late 2016 – after company founder and chairman Gerry Concannon stepped back from the role.

Claremorris was initially selected as the location for CBE because it was well positioned for a company aiming to drive sales across Connacht, but the town has continued to serve CBE well even after its business horizons took on global dimensions.

The opening of Knock Airport in 1985 – as well as its ongoing expansion ever since – was a major boon for the company as it built its UK operations and motorway access to Dublin has also been a benefit.

“Then, Claremorris was one of the first towns to get high-speed fibreoptic which meant we could expand our support hub here and not have to move to a bigger centre,” Sean says. “We have over 30,000 terminals that we support every day, so we need very fast communications infrastructure.”

During the dotcom era it could be difficult to attract staff as software developers were drawn to the cities, and it took tenacity to negotiate the financial crisis. A determination to retain staff through that difficult time paid dividends. “When the recovery came around, we didn’t have to recruit or retrain. We had some very high calibre people ready to hit the ground running,” Sean says.

Fast forward to 2020 and CBE is well established in its main markets of the UK and Ireland. It also has a nationwide contract with KFC in Denmark and is increasing its reach through consultancy services in Europe and Asia.

CBE is currently recruiting as it develops large projects with companies in the global oil industry and Sean is confident that its ongoing success and attractive and affordable location will draw in high-quality candidates as people increasingly look West to combine challenging careers with a better quality of life.

Claremorris was an ideal location for CBE when their commercial ambitions were limited to Connacht – it still is as they continue to expand around the world.

United Nations AI for Good Conference Announced for Sligo

Trail blazers from the world of Artificial Intelligence alongside international and national policy makers will gather in Sligo for The ‘AIforGood Global Visions’ conference from 25th-27th March. The event which is fully supported and endorsed by the United Nations agency for Information and Communications (ITU), will be the first of this kind to be held outside Geneva.

Keynote speakers include Neil Sahota, Global Lead for IBM Watson, Digital Inclusion advocate Joanne O ‘Riordan, Alessandra Sala from Nokia Bell Labs and Ethical AI leading expert Dr. Kevin Danaher. The conference has been organised by US firm, Live Tiles who have their EMEA headquarters in Sligo and is supported by The Western Development Commission, The Atlantic Economic Corridor, IDA Ireland, IT Sligo, Sligo County Council and Tech Northwest.

CEO of The Western Development Commission Tomás Ó Síocháin welcomed the announcement and said “improvements in technology and developments in artificial intelligence [AI] will bring significant change to the way we live. Welcoming the AI for Good conference to Ireland’s west coast is timely and the conference will explore the ways in which new technologies can improve quality of life for millions around the globe.“

The conference aims to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits. Additionally, a priority goal of the Irish event will be to provide recommendations and actions that feed into and influence policy making at the Global Summit to be held in Geneva in May 2020. Attendees can also look forward to AI-inspired performances from the Yeats Society of Ireland and AI-related activities bringing together surfing and sea forecasting, oyster farming and Ocean health, hill walking and cultural heritage activities.

“AIforGood Global Visions will connect innovators in artificial intelligence with problem owners to solve national and global challenges” says Karl Redenbach, CEO of LiveTiles who are partnering with the UN’s ITU agency to launch the event in Ireland. “AI represents not just the biggest economic opportunity that the world has witnessed but an unequalled opportunity to leverage AI technologies for good and to put human-centric policies and design at the forefront of how we interact with technology.”

The 2020 summit is kindly supported by and is run in conjunction with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the UN agency for information and communication technologies (ICT).

A Limited number of early bird tickets for this event are now on sale, alongside discounted accommodation prices from the trusted partner hotels. See www.aiforgoodsligo.ie for more details.

Book Tickets Here 

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact 

Allan Mulrooney, Head of Communications

allanmulrooney@wdc.ie or +353 87 334 3713

 

Atlantic Adventures Await Families in Sligo this Spring

The latest video campaign from Sligo Tourism is set to inspire new family adventures exploring ancient castle ruins, chasing through enchanted forests and swimming in the Atlantic sea this spring.

Sligo Tourism, the agency tasked with promoting County Sligo, has today launched a second video as part of a major ‘off season’ marketing campaign to encourage family staycations in the Atlantic coastal county this spring. The new video invites families to head for the Northwest to create special memories full of adventure that they can treasure and share over the months and years to come.

Forget the sandy sandwiches, family staycations in Sligo have never looked so good – discover horse riding in Mullaghmore, surfing in Strandhill, meeting birds of prey in Ballymote, guided hikes, beach walks, stand up paddling tours and award-winning food spots. County Sligo is the perfect family holiday destination this spring and now’s the time to plan your adventure with the kids.

Hot off the surf village of Strandhill scooping the EDEN Award, the accolade of Ireland’s best destination for health and wellbeing, it coincides with the travel trend and major focus for 2020 on sustainability; so now is also perfect opportunity to reduce your family’s carbon footprint by holidaying closer to home and supporting local Irish businesses.

 

As part of this campaign the SligoTourism.ie website details a host of itineraries for families. Book your mid-term, St. Patrick’s Weekend, Easter and summer adventures now.

Commenting on the launch, Sligo Tourism Manager Neil Faulkner said: “We are excited to launch our new Spring campaign today with a focus on family staycations for Spring. Sligo offers a very genuine and authentic experience for families with unique adventures all set against the backdrop of our stunning landscape and the Wild Atlantic. There’s a wide range of affordable family accommodation options available across the breath of the county from Enniscrone to Mullaghmore, with superb food and activity choices closeby to cater for all ages and interests. Sligo can really be a surprising destination for a family holiday, so if you haven’t been, now’s the time!”

The new video weaves a story of family-friendly adventures in County Sligo; surf lessons with Sligo Surf Experience in Strandhill, a forest trek in Union Wood, exploring a coastal castle in Easkey and visits to the Eagles Flying Centre at Ballymote. Sligo Tourism can help you plan – everything from the best places to stay, the hidden gems and all the activities available that can be shared by adults and kids together. Family holidays are a special opportunity to spend quality time together, creating memories to last a lifetime. Those visiting Sligo are encouraged to use the #SligoStories hashtag to capture and share their own moments during their visit.

Sligo, situated along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, is located 2.5hrs from Dublin, as well as being accessible by train (irishrail.ie), and by air via Ireland West Airport which is 40 minutes from the centre of Sligo.

The county boasts a broad range of accommodation offerings including family rooms in hotels, self-catering houses, B&Bs, as well as country houses for short breaks or week-long escapes.

For further information, see www.sligotourism.ie