Conference Tours & Workshops

The following optional tours/excursions have been organised for registered conference delegates and will take place in the afternoon of Thursday 23rd March 2017. Some tours have an associated cost however even where tours are free the number of places available are limited so if you are interested in participating in a particular tour you must proceed to the shop section of the Conference website, select the chosen tour, checkout and pay any associated costs, if necessary.

Thursday 23rd March - 2pm until 4pm (FREE)

The aim of school visit is to provide an educational, cultural, social and personal experience for visiting delegates. Tour participants will be welcomed to an Irish Post Primary School, receive a tour of the school facilitates including practical and theoretical classrooms, observe pedagogy and practice in Home Economics and have a chance to speak with staff and students on their experiences.

This tour will involve a short bus trip to the venue in the vicinity of Sligo Town.

Tour Date: Thursday 23rd March - 1pm until 7pm Tour departs St. Angela’s College Campus - 1.00pm Return time to Sligo Centre - 7.00pm Tour maximum number: 16 persons

Details of Tour: Participants will travel by bus to Donegal Town, Co. Donegal (approx. 50minutes travel time) to visit Donegal Craft Village (see and to participate in a short practical hand felting workshop with felt artist Michelle Mc Kee at her studio in the craft Village (see This will be followed by a guided tour of Magee Weaving factory with a talk on the history of Magee 1866 Tweeds and an overview of the current designs and market (see Lunch will be available for purchase on arrival in Donegal town in advance of the tour.

Cost of Textile Tour: €40 per person

  • Sligo Food Trail Tasting Tour
    Thursday 23rd March - 2pm until 4.30pm - €55 pp Sligo Food Trail Tasting Tour is a journey of discovery for your senses. Tour guides are all local and are as enthusiastic about Sligo as they are about the food. Along this award winning Sligo Food trail, you will visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, delicatessens and other speciality shops. Meet the ‘characters’ those that have traded for generations in Sligo producing great food including an ex-butcher turned wood carver. You will experience new arrivals to the Sligo food scene, bringing new international and contemporary tastes to our local tables using the best of locally sourced produce. As you enjoy the food, you will also learn a little about the culture and history of Sligo. How it was always important in terms of international trade, about the Butter Markets, the tea trade and Lissadell Oysters which were exported to Harrods throughout the nineteenth century. You will stop to enjoy Lissadell Oysters along the tour - washed down with a glass of something refreshing!  Locals often dined on sea vegetables which nowadays are exported around the world due to such healing properties - you will get to see and sample local seaweeds. This gentle 2.5 - 3 hour culinary walk has lots of stops with frequent, generous tastings along the way. Tour guides also point out good places for lunch, dinner or a drink later. Vegetarians and all other dietary requirements catered for - please let us know in advance. We will also provide a FREE copy of Sligo Food Trail guide so you can explore all the other recommended places to eat and experience on your visit to Sligo. THANK YOU!
  • Sligo Walking Tour

Thursday 23rd March - 2pm until 4pm

We invite you to join this is a FREE guided walking tour of Sligo hosted by Sligo Tourist Development Association Ltd. Tour guides are welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable.

This tour will include places of Historical, Musical, Sporting and Cultural Interest.

Tour starts at Discover Ireland Tourist Office, O’Connell Street, Sligo Town.

Friday 24th March from 4.30pm - 6pm

By Dr Kathryn McSweeney

This workshop will involve the creation of art pictures using hand and free machine embroidery, embellishment and appliqué techniques. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced participants.