Sligo Walking Tours - Melcoo Tours in the News and Media

Summer 2024 – Featured in Sligo Tourism campaign

December 2023 – Christmas and the Irish interview with the Sligo Champion and Irish Independent newspapers. 

December 2023 – Article published in the collection ‘Christmas and the Irish’, edited by Salvador Ryan, publisher Wordwell. 

September 2023 – Culture Night event for Sligo Tidy Towns and Sligo Bay River Trust. Guided walk and talk on the history and heritage of the Garavogue River. 

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Sligo Walking Tours river history tour

August 2023 – Heritage Week event for Sligo Bay River Trust. Guided walk and talk on the history and heritage of the Garavogue River. 

July 2023 – Independent UK newspaper interview with Journalist Simon Calder for Tourism Ireland. Calder and his team visited Sligo where I gave them a tour, interviewed and recorded for a Tourism Ireland video promoting the Wild Atlantic Way trail to visitors from Britain. Newspaper article published 17 July 2023, titled: “Surf’s up; elemental experiences along the Wild Atlantic Way” 

Travel Journalist Simon Calder visiting Sligo, Ireland
Simon Calder meets W.B. Yeats in Sligo, Ireland

July 2023 – Guided tour with German Tourism Buyers organised by Failte Ireland.

February 2023 – Interview with London Tour Guides Association that appeared in the   City Guide.

January 2023 – Sligo Walking Tours featured in a blog post on Kerry Experience Tours.

February 2022 – St Angela’s College social media channels – Graduation from St Angela’s College with a first-class Master in Historical & Heritage Studies.

19 October 2021 – The Sligo Champion – Interview with Micheál Ó Domhnaill for Sligo Walks series. 


Published article Autumn 2021

Archaeology Ireland, Volume 35 No. 3 Issue No. 137

Titled: A shipwreck in Sligo: inspiration for the vampire’s landing ?

Archaeology Ireland publishing our piece speculating on the wreck of the Whitby Greyhound as another possible Sligo influence on Bram Stoker

Written by Mel Ní Mhaolanfaidh Sligo Walk Tours & Dr Marion McGarry

3 September 2021 – RTE Drivetime Radio show with Sarah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra

Cormac Ó hEadhra chats to Tour Guide and Local Historian, Mel Ni Mhaolanfaidh, about the history of Sligo.

12 – 17 March 2021 – St Patrick’s Festival

Walking tour video trailer created for the national St Patrick’s Festival (, the video was broadcast across Irish national TV platforms on Oireachtas TV and the St Patrick’s Festival website on the 14th March 2021. Currently, available to view on the St Patrick’s Festival website or watch below.

Promotional trailer for launch of the Sligo Walking Tour in conjunction with the St Patrick's Festival - March 2021 (1 minute)

Watch Sligo Walking Tours St Patrick's Festival video - highlights from the tour (15 minutes)

19 March 2020 – Sligo Weekender newspaper interview entitled “Some striking parallels with 1832 epidemic that hit Sligo“, where I spoke to Journalist Alan Finn about the cholera outbreak and the Coronavirus.

You can read the full article at the link below:

23 October 2019 – RTE News report by Eileen Magnier featuring Mel Ni Mhaolanfaidh a member of the Sligo Stoker Society. I gave Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, a walking tour of Sligo as part of the Sligo Stoker Society day.


23 October 2019 – Sligo Champion and Sligo Weekender – Coverage of Dacre Stoker’s visit to Sligo.

29th August 2019 – Sligo Weekender newspaper article entitled “How Melissa moved from Secret Scripture walks to Dark Tourism”

22nd August 2019 – Sligo Weekender newspaper article entitled “The epidemic in Sligo behind Bram Stoker’s iconic Dracula’

4th June 2019 – Interview on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Radio 1

Mel Maolanfaidh from Melcoo Tours was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on the RTE 1 morning radio show. They chatted about Sligo’s Dracula connections and Bram Stoker as Mel is a member of the Sligo Dracula Society. Also, dark tourism, the Secret Scripture book and walking tours.


Ryan Tubridy and Sligo Walking Tours talk Dark Tourism
Melissa from Sligo Walking Tours (Melcoo) on RTE Radio 1 show with Ryan Tubridy
RTE Radio 1 interview

RTE Radio 1 Podcast

Listen to the podcast at the 30 minute mark from the Ryan Tubridy Show.

May 2019

Photographer and writer Magnumlady took the Sligo Dark Tales tour in May 2019.

Check out her atmospheric photographs and read about her experience here.

10th November 2018 – Canis Major – Clayton Hotel, Sligo

How Sligo Shaped Dracula Conference

Gave a talk on Sligo Dracula connections and Sligo’s dark tales.

How Sligo Shaped Dracula Conference
How Sligo Shaped Dracula Conference