Sligo Feis Ceoil was founded in 1903 as a Gaelic Feis for Connacht. The aims are the revival of national Language and Heritage. Dr. Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland, adjudicated the Irish Language competitions in the early days. After a few years the Feis lapsed until 1929 and since then has continued to grow from year to year.

This year's venues are as follows: The Hawkswell Theatre, The Dominican-Friary Hall, The Presbyterian Church, The Model, The Southern Hotel and Sligo Park Hotel.