Join us as we explore Sligo’s dark history on a walking tour revealing Sligo’s turbulent past with stories of war, execution, jail-breaks, disease and other macabre tales.

On the tour discover Sligo’s connection to Bram Stoker, the Irish author, best known for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.

Hear how stories of the cholera epidemic inspired Stoker in his writing.

The tragic history of Sligo Abbey that inspired W.B. Yeats.

Grim tales of crime and punishment from the nineteenth century, in many of the locations where the events occurred. 

Visit one of the oldest hostelries in the town and sample traditional Ale while your Guide recounts stories of the port, secret societies and houses of ill-repute.

 

Interactive tour

The tour starts on Sligo’s Riverside Promenade next to the Riverside Hotel – this area was once known as Armstrong’s Row. Each guest on arrival receives a tour badge with the name of a person who was once connected to Sligo. Listen out as their stories will be told along the way. Whether there were good or bad in the times they lived, will be for you to decide. Judge Not, Lest ye be judged…

This tour is full of stories of real events involving crime, punishment and adult content features on this tour, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Older children/teenagers (recommended over 13) accompanied by an adult are welcome but parental discretion is advised, please note on the tour we visit a public house.

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The finest and most potent whiskey!

King George IV 👑
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Take the tour to find out more!
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  • I went along today to the @dalkeybookfestival to hear Writer Joseph O'Connor chat about his new book Shadowplay, a novel based on the relationship between Bram Stoker, Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. 
I got to chat to him afterwards and told him about the work of @sligodraculasociety to promote the Bram Stoker Sligo connections and my Dracula themed tours.
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  • Love the new vinyl posters on High Street and Market Cross of old Sligo. Well done to the Sligo Tidy Towns committee.
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Come along on the Sligo Secret Scripture walking tour on Saturday afternoon 29th June to find out about Sligo in the 1930s.
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  • Great to meet the author @carolinebusher while doing a tour this week.
Caroline is a childrens author and Heritage Expert. Her new upcoming book is based on Vampires and Sligo's 1832 cholera epidemic, called 'The Curse of Valentines Sorrow'. It sounds fascinating and a great introduction for kids to a historic event. I was intrigued by the name of the book but more on that in a future post.
Also, pictured is fellow Sligo Dracula Society member and Chairperson @drmarionmcgarry at @thomasconnollysligo 
You can follow  @sligodraculasociety online on insta, fb and twitter for more dracula themed updates curated by myself and Marion.
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  • Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death,
Horseman pass by!
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The poet William Butler Yeats born on this day on 13th June 1865.
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  • Thanks to this International Walking group who joined me recently on the #SligoDarkTales tour.
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Public tours Friday and Saturday evenings or book a group or private tour.
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