Bealtaine Festival



Bealtaine Exhibition 2022 - 2023

'Solace' is the 2022 Bealtaine Festival Sligo exhibition of photographs by artist Lucy Goodier.      The exhibition hangs in the foyer of the Primary Care Unit, Markievicz House, Sligo.  This year-long exhibition is open to the public during daytime hours 9am - 4pm.

The collection of photographs was curated around this year’s national Bealtaine theme In(ter)dependence.  In Lucy’s work she looks to nature “My Canon 760D travels with me and I am always chasing light, poised to capture unusual and fleeting moments in time.

The photographs were taken in response to the global pandemic, when I looked to the natural world and my place within the local environment, for solace.  At the same time as the world was full of fear and uncertainty, I had to face the sudden, unexpected loss of my brother, and had feelings of shock, sadness and grief along with the isolation.  I spent my days walking, cycling and swimming for most of that year, trying to process the enormity of my profound loss.  Always with my camera to hand I found myself chasing light, fluidity, the sublime, the meditative, and immersing myself in the astonishing beauty of the mountains, lakes and oceans of County Sligo.  I became particularly drawn to water in its many forms, and found great consolation in gazing into rock pools, swimming in the ocean, searching for the biggest, most dramatic waves in a storm, getting up close to droplets on a spider’s web on a dewy autumn morning, and making the most of the time, time...time.............           The beauty and tranquility of my natural surroundings provided me with a platform on which I could calmly reflect on memories, a form of meditation and self-healing.” ‘No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.’ (J.R.R. Tolkien) 

rock pool 


web droplets 


Bealtaine Festival 2022 - Sligo events listing

All events are FREE to attend.  For further information, contact Catherine 086 842 4969

Bealtaine Festival Sligo 2022 

Sunday May 1st 

May Day Image #bealtainesligo2022

This May Day as part of the Bealtaine Sligo Festival 2022 we are inviting you to welcome in the summer and share your May Day pictures with us.  Open to all ages.  Be part of this year’s festivities to celebrate creativity as we age.  Just TAKE and POST a photo.  This can be anything from the whitethorn tree in your back garden to something creative you have made to a photo of your first cup of coffee of the day.  This May first take a May Day photo and post it to your facebook and Instagram page #bealtainesligo2022


May 1st – 31st

Commissioned Bealtaine Poem ‘They Come in May’ by artist and writer Cróna Gallagher

The poem is inspired by this year’s national Bealtaine theme In(ter)dependence

Each week during the month of May lines from Cróna’s poem will be shared on our Bealtaine Festival Facebook Page.  The full poem will be available to older people in Day Care Centres and Nursing Homes as part of the National Arts in Nursing Home Day, May Friday 20th.


Monday May 9th, 3.30 - 5pm

Sligo Childrens Community Garden

Venue: Cleveragh Woods at Sligo LETS Organic Garden

Family Day, ‘stories around the fire’ dialogue between the older generation and the children from SCCG.

All welcome


Tuesday May 10th (open for viewing)

'Solace' an exhibition of photographs by artist Lucy Goodier

Primary Care Unit, Markievicz House, Sligo

The collection of photographs is curated around this year’s national Bealtaine theme In(ter)dependence.  In Lucy’s work she looks to nature “My Canon 760D travels with me and I am always chasing light, poised to capture unusual and fleeting moments in time.”


Tuesday May 10th & Monday May 16th

Hedgerow Project

Artist Clare Doohan will connect in with older community groups in Ballymote and Tubbercurry Day Care Centres to explore her Hedgerow Project work.  In 2021 Clare began documenting the hedgerows of Bunnanadden and South Sligo.  Clare’s project work, wild plant drawings and photographs will be used as a starting point for conversations, the sharing of story and knowledge around the healing, holistic and memories associated with the hedgerow plants.


Wednesday May 11th 11am -2pm

FREE Screen Printing Workshop

Venue: Pulled Studio JFK Parade, Sligo

Screen Printing Tote Bags workshop for over 50s with Dany of Pulled screen printing and design studio.

To book contact (email heading  Screen Printing Workshop)

Participant numbers: 6 max  

After a materials gathering walk in Doorly Park participants will head back up to Pulled Studio on JFK Parade. In the studio you will use collected visual material to make screens and print a unique Tote bag.


Wednesday May 18th 12noon

‘Inismulclohy’ Island Writings & Poems with writer Maura Gilligan

Venue: Yeats Building Sligo  

Join us for an offshore literary and musical gem when writer Maura Gilligan shares some readings from her forthcoming book on Coney Island with you, accompanied by invited readers and noted Sligo musicians Deirdre Correia on harp, Anna Huston on cello and Ray Cohen on guitar/fiddle.  Tickets are FREE but booking for this event is required.

Email (email heading Maura Gilligan’s event)

Friday May 20th

National Arts in Nursing Home Day

Our Bealtaine Festival Sligo commissioned poem ‘They Come in May’ by artist and writer Cróna Gallagher is available on request to all Sligo Nursing Homes and Day Care Centres.  For enquires contact (email heading Bealtaine poem)


© Sligo County Council Arts Department, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland tel: +353 (0) 71 911 4465