SligoWalks Podcasts

A collection of interviews about walking in Sligo. Includes experts in the fields of heritage, archaeology, folklore, planning and of course walking guides and enthusiasts.

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Sligo Walks Podcast 016 – Tommy Fleming

One of Sligo’s best known singer/songwriters, who is also an actor, Tommy Fleming has developed a great love of the outdoors. But as much as he enjoys walking and exercise, sometimes Sligo can throw up new surprises, as we find out when he takes the Aughris Coastal Walk as part of the MySligoWalks series.

Sligo Walks Podcast 015 – Mona McSharry

Olympic swimmer from Sligo Mona McSharry speaks about her favourite Sligo walk, the Benbulben Forest Walk, as well as how the Great Outdoors has formed an important part of her life. She says that her successful swim career began through a love of nature, growing up in Grange, where she lived within a stone’s throw of the beach. She also speaks about her hopes and dreams of Olympic glory at Paris 2024.

Sligo Walks Podcast 14 – Forming a Walking Habit

For people who are inactive, motivating yourself to exercise can be challenging. In this podcast, Shane Hayes of Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership give tips and encouragement to those looking to get walking, either solo or in groups, and how to set achievable goals. A Sligo Walks podcast.

Sligo Walks Podcast 013 – Mountain Safety Videos

We speak with members of the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team about a new video series which they have produced to highlight mountain safety. The videos describe what to do in an emergency and the key steps you should take to avoid accidents and emergencies when out on the mountain. The videos can be viewed on and across a range of social media channels.

Sligo Walks Podcast 012 – Trail Development with Brian McGarraghy

Brian McGarraghy of Coillte tells us about his company’s work in conjunction with Sligo County Council and Sligo Leader on the development of new walks in forests around County Sligo. He also speaks about how communities can avail of a scheme whereby they partner with Coillte to develop new walks in their locality. Visit for more features like this one.

Sligo Walks Podcast 011 – Dark Tours with Mel Ní Mhaolanfaí

Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, is said to have been inspired by his mother Charlotte Thornley’s account of the cholera epidemic in Sligo. In this Sligo Walks podcast, we hear from tour guide Mel Ní Mhaolanfaí, who tells us about the town’s dark past.

Sligo Walks Podcast 010 – Sligo Walking Series

Historian Dr. Marion McGarry leads a group of walkers from Strandhill to the summit of Knocknarea, Sligo’s ancient mountain, where a 5,000 year old Neolithic cairn sits on the summit. At intervals along the walk she speaks about ancient customs and traditions, and how this land was farmed by our ancestors. And she pays special attention to the burial customs of the people who built the cairn, which is a protected national monument.

Sligo Walks Podcast 009 – Sligo Walking Series

Archaeologist Dr. Stefan Bergh brings us on a walk to the summit of Knocknarea in County Sligo, where the huge Queen Maeve’s Cairn stands on the summit. During his walk, Stefan explains the origins of the Cairn, and how UNESCO World Heritage Site status is now being applied for to protect this 5,000 year old structure, and also he tells us why this place was of such importance to our ancient people for the burying of their dead.

Sligo Walks Podcast 008 – Sligo Walking Series

In the second walk of the Sligo Walking Series, nature expert Michael Bell of Nature Learn introduces the flora and fauna of the Killaspugbrone Coastal Walk to a group of local walkers. This podcast features Michael speaking about birds, insects, flowers and other things to keep an eye out for, as well as the increasing importance of engaging with nature and our environment to promote change and preserve our biodiversity.

Sligo Walks Podcast 007 – Sligo Walking Series

In the first of the Sligo Walking Series, taking place every Wednesday of June 2021, local walking guide and archaeologist Auriel Robinson of Seatrails introduces a group of local walkers to the Queen Maeve Trail on Knocknarea. This podcast features Auriel speaking about the walk, the archaeology of the area and in particular the importance of the Queen Maeve Cairn which sits on the summit of the mountain.

Sligo Walks Podcast 006 – Knocknashee

Michael Toolan tells the podcast about the development of a new walk at Knocknashee in Sligo.

Sligo Walks Podcast 005 – Sligo Mountaineering Club

We speak to Marie Hogg, one of the founders of Sligo Mountaineering Club about how the club came into being, and how people enjoy walking in Sligo.

Sligo Walks Podcast 004 – Caves of Keash

A new visitor centre near the Caves of Keash in south Sligo will provide visitors with information and refreshments. Promoter Patrick Ward explains.

Sligo Walks Podcast 003 – Walking Tourism in Sligo

Aoife McElroy of Fáilte Ireland speaks to Sligo Walks about what visitors expect when they visit the county and their experiences of walking in Sligo.

Sligo Walks Podcast 002 – Ballymote Heritage Trail

Ray O’Grady of Sligo County Council describes how the community in Ballymote came together to plan and develop a great new walk on their doorstep.

Sligo Walks Podcast 001 – Planning & Development

Dorothy Clarke of Sligo County Council and Chris Gonley of Sligo Leader outline their plans for the development of walking in Sligo.