Local Summer Festivals

It’s summer and the sun is definitely shining! Are your kids free from school, or are you looking for something fun this summer? Look no further – Davis’ Restaurant @ Yeats Tavern have put together a list of fun music and family festivals and events happening over the next few months! 

Sligo Loves Live Music festival is a free outdoor music festival to be held across Sligo Town on Saturday 21st JuneBilled as a celebration of Sligo music, this one day festival brings together the efforts of Music Generation Sligo, Sligo Arts Service, Sligo Live, Sligo Music, The Italian Quarter, Cairde Arts Festival, Furey’s Bar, Chapters and Ocean FM. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann  will launch their programme with a big concert in the Sligo Park Hotel featuring several all-Ireland winning Céílí Bands.Furey’s Bar feature a full night of music commencing with their weekly 8pm early evening session. Love:Live Music Busking event will also take place from 2-5pm on Rockwood Parade and JFK Parade on Sat, June 21st and welcomes acts from across the country.

In Humbert’s Footsteps, Ballina 2014 In Humbert’s Footsteps is an historical re-enactment of the opening events of French General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert’s military campaign in Mayo, in August, 1798, the year since known as Bliain na bhFrancach –‘The Year of the French”. Events will take place Wednesday 25th June to Sunday 29th June 2014. The festival will see some great events such as Torchlight arrival of General Humbert’s army in Ballina by Bóthar na Sop and a chance to Meet the British Redcoats, the Irish Rebel Pikemen and General Humbert’s Blue-Clad French  and experience what life was like for a soldier in 1798.

Sea Sessions is back in Bundoran this year, with a great line up from the 27th – 29th June. The strictly over 18’s music festival features teen heart-throbs The Strypes, beat boxing powerhouse Beardyman and hugely popular Sligo acoustic bluegrass and folk band, Rackhouse Pilfer, among many many others.

Ballintogher Gooseberry Fair Day has a range of events and exhibitions to appeal to all the family. With mechanical exhibitions such as Vintage Cars, Vintage Farm Machinery, Honda 50′s, Fire engine from past days,  and workshops like Spud Picking, Turf Footing, Butter making, How to make Poxty, the 12th July in Ballintogher is set to entertain everyone. Other events on the day include Gooseberry Sheep Derby, Sheep Shearing (no electrics here), Zorro balls and a Rodeo Bull, Gladiator games and specially for the kids will be a Teddy bear picnic and pet farm. Stalls from local producers will be  selling a wide range of products and of course Live Music on the featuring The Quakers, Leo Taffe, Con Kelly, jesse Conlon, Kayleigh Gallagher, Niamh Clance, Aontas and more.

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Our Favourite Summer Barbeque Foods

Summer is officially here – we’ve got the sunshine and blue skies! But it’s still Ireland, so we better make the most of the summer weather while we have it. At Yeats Tavern restaurant, we’ve got the best recipes to share with you, for your perfect barbeque party.

Our recipes are quick and easy to make on your barbeque at home, and more importantly, they taste great, will help add to a great summer and make the most of our unpredictable weather!

Hawaiian Beef Burgers

Beef sliders are great fun to make and eat!

Select fresh lean burgers from your butchers, and place on a heated and prepared barbeque grill. Cook for about 5 mins on each side. About halfway through cooking time, grill a pineapple slice per burger, and turn regularly. Add bread baps to the grill to toast.

Once everything is cooked and toasted, place burgers in the baps, and top with the pineapples and slice of cheddar cheese.

Lime Chicken Curry kebabs

Try these kebabs for a zingy and delicious treat that’s easy to make.

Chop chicken breasts into bite sized pieces, then make a marinade using a mix of a handful of fresh mint and coriander, 2 red chilies, 2 garlic cloves and lime juice mixed in a food processor,then mix in a little olive oil to loosen. Cover the chicken with the marinade and let rest for 1 hour.

Chop a selection of vegetables – courgette stips, peppers and onions. Skewer the chicken with the vegetables. (Remember to soak your wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes before using to avoid splinters!)

Place skewers on a hot grill, and barbeque for 5 – 7 mins turning regularly, or until chicken is cooked through.

Salmon Salad with Wedges and Green Pesto

This is a nice, light alternative to traditional barbeque foods.

To make the pesto, pulse 3 handfuls of basil, a half clove of garlic, 1 handful of toasted pine nuts in a food processor, until thoroughly mixed. Then place in a bowl, and add grated Parmesan and olive until you are happy with the flavour.

For the potato wedges, cut 2-3 potatoes into wedge shapes, spray with an olive oil and sprinkle with dried chili flakes and rosemary. Place in the oven on a medium to high heat for about 45 mins.

For the salad, layer baby salad leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, smoked salmon, and the potato wedges. Serve pesto to the side and enjoy!


Yeats Day Events June 13th, Sligo

William Butler Yeats is an name of international renown and this year, on June 13th, the poet’s birthday, events are happening all over the world including Tokyo, Sacramento, Taipei to London.

Here in Sligo, one of Yeat’s favourite places in the world,  his ‘Land of Heart’s Desire’ we’re celebrating his birthday in style!

A whole host of events and competitions will span the day across Sligo this Friday all organised by the Sligo Yeats Society and we’ve got them all here for you to check out!

Here’s Just a selection of events happening on Friday 13th:

Family Events:

10.30am The World Wishes Yeats Happy Birthday-  Yeats Day Mail Art Project:An exhibition of small art works of birthday wishes from around the world, at City Hall, Quay St.

11am Mad Hatters Happy Birthday with the Yeats Society – Family fun, drama and poetry.Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge

2.30pm – 6.00pm Happy Birthday Mr Yeats – Birthday cake, music and butterflies join the SÓ Sligo Food Festival Food Village in Stephen’s Street Car Park for birthday celebrations. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann young musicians will join the festivities.


8am Breakfast on Lough Gill –  A boat trip across Lough Gill to the Lake Isle of Inisfree casts off Yeats Day with music, poetry and breakfast on board.Meet at Doorly Park Pier.Tickets €25. Booking essential.Email: info@roseofinnisfree.com Tel: 087 2598869

5pm Hazeleood Poetry Walk – Join Hazelwood Heritage Society for a guided walk with stories and Yeats’ poetry. Meet at Hazelwood Car Park

5.30pm LillyLolly Carft Fest Opening –  LilyLolly Craftfest opening by Mayor Marcella McGarry andMary Whelan, DCCOI at Hyde Bridge Gallery,Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde, Bridge


12.30pm Yeats Choral at the Library –  Children from Eily Kilgannon School of Drama and AnneCarton Creche perform Yeats’ poetry at the County Library’s garden stage, Stephen St.

7.30pm Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Hawkswell Theatre –  Sandra O’Malley and Niall Henry read Yeats poetry and prose, accompanied by music.Hawk’s Well Theatre,Temple St. Tickets at door €5

9.00pm Magic Music at Dusk – Musicians Felip Carbonell, Ian Bordley and Ray Coen will mark the end of Yeats Day in the beautiful 13th centuryDominican Friary, Sligo Abbey,Abbey Street.

For more information on all events on Friday 13th and through the weekend, see the programme here:  http://yeatsday.com/assets//YeatsDayProgramme.pdf and visit http://yeatsday.com/

Try our new ‘secret’ Cocktail!

That’s right folks, summer is here! The sun may not always be shining, but at Yeats Tavern @ Davis’s Restaurant, we’re here to get you that summer feeling. 

We’ve got outside seating for those moments of glorious sunshine and heat, a range of seasonal salads and changing lunch specials everyday and the newest addition to our drinks menu!

Try our ‘Flamingo’ Cocktail – named by one of our Facebook followers! It’s the perfect cocktail for summer, and was created specially by our expert bar staff. With years of experience in cocktail making, our bar staff know a thing or two about blending flavours and serving up the most delicious drinks! Check out their Cosmopolitan Cocktail tutorial here!

You can order our special Flamingo cocktail in our bar and restaurant all this month! Just let us know how you found it, as we won’t be featuring this on our menus – it’s a special offer for our digital followers!

Sligo’s Summer Events

Só Sligo Kid's Workshops

There’s a whole lot going on this summer in Sligo. From events to festivals, we’ve got all the details. There’s so much happening in Sligo for families, kids, teens and grownups all summer long, that we thought we’d give you a taster of some of our favourite events.

Só Sligo is a great annual foodie and family festival running from 11th – 15thJune, with kids and adults food workshops, talks, demonstrations, a Food Village and Street Fest. For more information go to www.sosligo.ie for details.

Yeats Day celebrates Sligo’s most famous poet’s birthday in style, with a host of events for children and families all around SLigo Town on the 13th June this year. See here for updated details, coming soon http://www.treadsoftly.ie/yeatsday/

The Mullaghmore Triathlon takes places on the 14th June and there’s still time to sign up! This promises to be a great day out for particiapnts, supporters and families. Check here for all the details http://healthinsurance.glohealth.ie/glohealth-mullaghmore-triathlon-1/

Saturday 13th July is Family Day at the Sligo Races, with Ladies Day on the 7th of August.  www.countysligoraces.com

Rosses Point Sea Shanty Festival promotes the musical heritage of the sea and aims to showcase the work of the RNLI. This festival runs from the 11th – 13th June. See www.rossespointshanty.com/index.html for more details

Sea Sessions Festival in Bundoran from kicking off on the 27th June boasts great live acts from The Dandy Warhols and Kelis for a music filled weekend. More details here http://seasessions.com/

Sligo Cairde Festival kicks off in July from the 8th to the 13th with music, theatre and craic. See here for more details www.cairdefestival.com/


Só Sligo 2014 Events

Só Sligo Food and Cultural Festival is back! For the fifth year running, Só Sligo has a whole programme of events lasting throughout the festival and beyond. This year, Só Sligo has events suitable for all the families, couples, groups and individuals.

The festival kicks off with an exotic Brazilian themed event in the Hawkswell Theatre on the 7th of June. For one night only the Hawk’s Well stage turns into a pop-up restaurant hosted by Marc Creed and his Street Cart team. At this event you will have an opportunity to sample a diverse, colourful and delicious array of Brazilian food, finished by Caipirinha digestif to the beat of samba. Tickets for Pop-Up Brazil are €30 and are available from the Hawk’s Well Box Office on 071 916 1518 or www.hawkswell.com.

This year the Só Sligo festival are teaming up with the Yeats Society to celebrate Yeats Day on the 13th June. With poetry, painting, song, craft and wine and sausages on offer, Yeats Day has something for all the family. Some of the highlights from the day will be: Exhibition of WB Yeats’ work at Pollexfen House 11am; Feis Shligigh and Feis Ceoil Yeats Cup poetry winners perform The Nobel Prize – an interpretation of WB Yeats’ speech on being awarded the Prize at 2pm, Drumcliffe Churchyard; ‘Happy Birthday Mr. Yeats’ street fest from 3-6pm at O’Connell St and Music at Dawn with No Crows at 8.30pm in the Sligo Abbey. Most events are free, and for full details of the day, see here: http://www.treadsoftly.ie/yeatsday/

The finale of the Só Sligo Festival is a street feast full of fun, food and festivities. Taking place on Sunday 15th June in Stephan St car park. Stalls, performers and music will fill the streets making for a festive atmosphere and will draw the Só Sligo festival to a close for another year.

There are lots more events happening during the festical, so for full details, see here: http://www.sosligo.ie/events/


Our Drinks Menus – From Craft Beers to Cocktails

Our drinks menu is extensive, and covers everything from wines, cocktails, whiskey and craft beers. So we’ve put together this article to keep you up to date on some of the unique and intriguing drinks we have on offer at Yeats Tavern @ Davis’s Restaurant.

One of our delicious cocktails


Our cocktail menu features some old favourites from ‘Seaside Scandal’ to Cosmopolitans, as well as interesting desserts cocktail, our expert bar staff are keen to show off their mixology skills and often create new cocktails. Their skills and experience mean that we often serve cocktails which are unique to our bar and restaurant!  (See our new digi dish next month!)

We are constantly refreshing our wine list, from house wines served by the glass to wines served by the bottle. These wines are hand picked by our staff to ensure a refreshing and up to date choice for our customers, and to ensure the very best in quality beverages.

We also stock a range of craft and local beers in our bar and restaurant. These beers, along with the more ubiquitous beers make up our wide reaching beer selection, and are also hand picked for their quality.

Finally, we also stock an interesting whiskey menu, complete with a whiskey tasting package. This is the newest addition to our drinks menu and we look forward to serving this to our customers, and getting your feedback.


Book Your Party with Yeats Tavern @ Davis’s Restaurant

Party at Yeats Tavern

At Davis’s Restaurant at Yeats Tavern, we can cater for any kind of party. From christenings, to birthdays, first communions and retirement parties we can tailor a package to suit your needs and the needs of your guests. Whatever your party needs, we can accommodate you.

Our spacious restaurant means that any party from 10 to 70 guests will feel comfortable and relaxed. This includes space for musicians to perform, if you would also like to book music for your event.

We have a range of set menus to avail of, ranging from two to three course meals. A set menu for your party can be arranged with our restaurant supervisors at the time of booking. We also cater to dietary requirements in our set menus. Or you can choose to keep things simple with a selection of finger food that our chefs will cook and prepare and our floor staff will serve to your guests. Children are also carefully catered for, with colouring books and colours, children’s menus and our entertaining fish tank.

Our bar staff are experts in making delicious cocktails, and your guests can choose from our cocktail menu, our selection of wines and beers (both bottled and on tap) and of course we also stock a range of non alcoholic drinks (including mocktails – non alcoholic cocktails) to ensure that all our guest’s and customer’s needs are attended to.

If you require a cake, we can organise one for you, or you may bring your own cake, which our friendly floor staff will prepare with candles and present to your guests at a time of your choosing. We also decorate the space booked for your party with helium balloons to help create a fun and festive atmosphere as soon as your guests arrive.



Tips for Casual Party Food and Canapes

Are you planning party at home? Not sure what food to serve? Don’t panic – with our easy party food tips, Davis’s Restaurant @Yeats Tavern have got you covered. Read on for the perfect party food tips and tricks that you can prepare and serve at home with ease.

Crab Claws make for great party food

Consider the type of party you’d like to throw – just family, with friends, for kids and/or adults. Do you want people to chat and mingle or dance? This will help you decide on the type of food you should serve.

Best for informal parties, canapes and finger food allow people to gather round, chat and dance freely. They work great for kids parties too with simplified recipes.

For the adults think crostini, smoked salmon, herbs and cream cheese or prawns marinated in chilli and garlic, wrapped in prosciutto ham, skewered and baked for 5 mins on a medium heat. Buy some sliced cold meats such as pepperoni, chorizo, cured ham etc and jars of relish and chutneys, there are plenty to choose from in supermarkets, and people can combine as they like.

Finger food for kids can be easy too – ham and cheese on crackers, cocktail sausages, mixed fruit skewers or chicken and veg skewers make party food fun for kids. Chocolate dipped strawberries are a great finger licking dessert option, or any fruit dipped in chocolate…

Don’t forget the paper plates and plenty of napkins for your guests if you decide to serve finger food!

One Pot Wonders
Perfect for family get togethers, meals cooked in (almost) one pot can really get conversation going and everyone involved in serving enjoying the party at your home.

Think outside the box, and try fish with black olives and tomatoes. Lightly cook onions in a pan with a little oil, and add a can of chopped tomatoes, with seasoning and boil the mixture. Then add the olives and boneless white fillets of fish skin side down, onto the sauce and drizzle over a splash more oil. You can then place in the oven and bake uncovered for 15 minutes until the fish is cooked. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve straight from the pan, with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

At Yeats Tavern we cater for parties regularly, and have the knowledge and experience to help with any party you may want to throw, if you choose to organise a party at our venue. Call us on 071 91 63117 for more information on how we can help with your party.

Our Welcome Video

We’ve put together a short video to showcase the feel and atmosphere of our restaurant, and to show our customers we want to make them happy! Enjoy…




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