Bag a Bargain for your Annual Arts Festival

Tuesday, May 14 – The Glasshouse Hotel, 8PM (with viewing from 7.30PM)

Each year Cairde Sligo Arts Festival holds The Big Auction – a fundraising auction, which raises essential funds towards making the festival happen. This always proves to be a great night out with amazing donations, unbelievable bargains and a lot of fun along the way with our auctioneer Niall Canning.

Some of the items for this year’s auction include:

  • A one week stay in an Airbnb in Alicante.
  • A range of incredible artworks by Kate MacDonagh, Michael Wann, Cormac O’Leary, Heidi Wickham, Donal Adams, Emma Stroude, Barra Cassidy, Leonora Neary, and Marilin North.
  • Jewellery and accessories from Cat & The Moon, and Cait & I.
  • Vouchers for Cafés & restaurants.
  • A stay at The Old Rectory Country House.
  • Driving, sailing, screen printing, and beginners Bodhran lessons.
  • A wonderful range of holistic treatments.
  • A myriad of indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Festival and concert tickets.

And much more!

View list of confirmed auction items here with many more items being added daily. Final Catalogue will be posted on Tuesday 🙂

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is set to return from July 6th to 13th 2019. The week-long event returns to host a stellar lineup of Irish and international musicians, artists and performers in a range of unique and surprising venues and locations across County Sligo.

Speaking ahead of the auction Festival Director Tara McGowan says “We are always blown away by the level of support shown to the festival by local business and individuals. The festival is still run on a voluntary basis; we receive funding from The Arts Council and Sligo County Council but without the fundraising efforts of our committee and the incredible support from local people, the festival could not go ahead.

The Big Auction is always a fun night out and people go home happy, having ‘bagged a bargain’ for themselves whilst supporting the local arts festival –  it’s Win-Win! Niall Canning is our auctioneer and he will bring a great deal of humour to proceedings.”

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival wishes to take this opportunity to thank all of those who donated so generously to this year’s auction.

For more info or to donate please contact Tara McGowan on 0872214079 or

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