There is Irish music and dance at Sligo Town Hall for Feis Shligih, and folk singing at Gillooly Hall for the Sligo Feis Ceoil.

To most outsiders, it might seem odd that there are two festivals of dance and music on at the same time in one town.

This is Sligo where each year they have two feiseanna, each held at the same time and drawing capacity crowds.

Sean Carroll, President of Feis Shligigh and Frank Howley, Chairman of Sligo Feis Ceoil, join David Timlin to explain the rationale behind running the two festivals in tandem.  The feiseanna time their competitions very carefully so that there is no clash.

According to Sean Carroll, Feis Shligigh was revived in 1930 and this year marks the 43rd successive festival. Sligo Feis Ceoil, founded in 1903, celebrates 69 years this year. The 1972 Feis Ceoil received 2,500 entrants from across the four provinces of Ireland. Frank Howley says the Feis Ceoil is going from strength to strength and has a strong relationship with the Feis Shligigh. The fact that both men will be guests of honour at each other's prize-winning concert is a testament to the strength of the relationship between the two festivals. 

Closing his report, David Timlin asks about the future of the two feiseanna and if they should amalgamate? But it appears,

They're happy, side by side.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 April 1972. The reporter is David Timlin.