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Come Gather in 2013

During 2013, Sligo will be a key destination hub in what is billed as Ireland's biggest tourism event, The Gathering—an initiative to encourage Sligo diaspora to come "home" and rejoin their kin for some quintessential Sligo fun and festivity. Celebratory events include the Sligo Live Music Festival, the annual Choral Festival, and the Sligo Sea Shanty Festival at Rosses Point, 8 km (5 miles) from town. Alternatively, the returning peoples of Sligo may want to drop in to hear the magnificent Jazz Lads who've been together for 50 years and play at the Harp Tavern on Sunday mornings, or some might want to get straight to the bare bones of Sligo by joining in the "Dip in the Nip," an annual all-nude summer charity swim where more than 300 brave souls take to the Atlantic waters at a beach on the Sligo coast.

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