Tours & Events

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Armada Lectures -
Celtic Fringe Festival

A series of lectures on the Armada story and its connection to Sligo. Presented by renowned experts in the field.

Confirmed Presentations by:

  • Dr Stephen Boyd (Lecturer in Dept. of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at University College Cork)

  • Dr Francis Kelly (Expert on the life & career of Captain Francisco de Cuéllar)

  • Dr Connie Kelleher (Underwater Archaeology Unit)

  • Dr Karina Morton (National Museum)


Cost: €16.50

TIME: 10:00 – 13:00 IST



Bus Tour of De Cuéllar Route through the Dartry Mountains

See the historical background and landscape of 16th Century Ireland explained while tracing the De Cuellar escape route through the scenic Dartry countryside, led by Eddie O’Gorman, Armada enthusiast. Stops on this wonderful bus journey include:

  • Streedagh

  • Staad Abbey

  • Glencar Waterfall

  • O’Rourke’s Castle in Castletown

  • Glenade

  • McClancy’s Rossclogher Castle

Please note this tour is limited to 50 people so we advise booking early to secure your place. It is advisable to wear walking boots or stout shoes as some of the ground covered is uneven e.g. green roads and farmland.


Cost: €40

Duration: Approx. 4 hours



Performance of "Cannon in Sea" at Old Coastguard Station, Streedagh

Every year we try something different as part of 'Remembering the Armada' and 2018 will be no different. 'Cannon in Sea' is a specially commissioned production which derives its inspiration from the discovery in 2015 of 9 Spanish Armada cannon at Streedagh Beach in Sligo.

This production will take place in the unique surroundings of the Old Coastguard Station overlooking Streedagh Beach itself, and will feature an international ensemble of musicians, a theatrical dimension, film, narration, food, song and storytelling which will draw on the rich story of the Armada for inspiration.

Performances on both Friday and Saturday 8pm - booking advised. 

21st & 22nd

Cost: €20 – €25

Time: 20:00 - 22:00 IST

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De Cuéllar Trail – Guided Walk to Staid Abbey

Guided Walk from Streedagh Beach to Staid Abbey, one of the central locations described by Spanish Armada survivor Captain Francisco de Cúellar in his Adventures in Connaught memoir.

Streedagh locals Dr. Prannie Rhatigan, Councillor Marie Casserly and Declan Bruen lead this picturesque coast walk from Streedagh to Staid. An area with a rich past, expect to be entertained by lore and legend, fact and fiction on this Saturday afternoon walk.

Cost: free event - donations to GADA welcomed- Prebooking is required

Details: Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Comfortable walking shoes, layers of warm clothing, rain gear and sunscreen advised. 


Cost: FREE

Distance: approx 3 miles.

Time: 14:30 - 16.30 IST