Benbulben Yoga Hike 2019

Sligo’s 5th Soapbox Derby

Sligo's 5th Soapbox Derby

Havin' a Laugh is running Sligo's 5th soapbox derby on Saturday 4th May 2019 as part of the Sligo Summer Festival. This event promises to be full of thrills and spills and will be a fun day out for all the family. The soapbox derby will be held on lower Pearse road, Sligo at 1 pm.

There will be loads of action on the day with teams of 4 people racing against the clock to win prizes including overall winner and wackiest design and outfits. There will also be a lottery ball race on the day with a chance to win a brilliant hamper!

If you want to get creative and take part we invite you to fill out our registration form. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from community groups like men's sheds.





Adventuring to hard to reach stretches of coastline to pick up litter...

At 11am we kayaked from Milk harbor north of Grange out to Dernish Island.

10 volunteers and 2 hours 20 bags of rubbish = 1 clean island.

We arrived back on the mainland at 1.30pm.

At 3pm 10-15 volunteers met at Streedagh Beach and went trail running while picking up litter #plogging, cleaning 13km of coastline.

About 6 actually ran the rest went to nearby smaller beach.

At 3.30pm a team of 7 met at Island view riding stables and went on horseback down trawluath beach and cleared a stretch of hard to reach sand dunes.

The majority of rubbish collected was fishing debris and plastic bottles, lobster pots, ropes, plastic containers, and 20-gallon drums.

The entire event was organised by the Havin' A Laugh charity and donations received amounted to just over €400.

All the activity providers donated their time:

Northwest Adventure Tours (Trailrunning)

Fitness4All (Trailrunning)

Sligo Kayak Tours (kayaking)

Island View Riding stables (Horseriding).

The event was supported by Clean Coasts and Seastainability.

Benbulben Yoga Hike 2018

The Benbulben Yoga-Hike, launched in 2017 in conjunction with the NEAR Health project and by popular demand, has now become an annual Havin' A Laugh fundraiser.

Stress Awareness Day is on November 7th, and what better way to acknowledge that than to gather as a group and take part in a serene stress-busting excursion in the beautiful Sligo countryside!On Sunday, November 4th, we are getting out into nature with a hike up Benbulben mountain followed by a mountaintop yoga session.

  • We will meet at the Riverside Hotel from 10.30am, bus departing at 11am.
  •  Ascend Benbulben at a leisurely pace, enjoying chats and views as we go.
  • Enjoy a mindful Yoga session at the summit to helpfully embrace our location and our achievement in reaching it.
  • Unwind with snacks provided before returning to sea level.

Physical activity has long been associated with reduced stress and anxiety, and our sense of wellbeing can always benefit from getting out into the fresh air and appreciating what nature has to offer.

Join Blaithin and North West Adventure Tours on this day out and finish your weekend on a positive, refreshing note!Feedback after last years event revealed a wonderful combination of leaving people feeling both energised and relaxed:

I met new people and learned more about the environment.

It reminded me just how much I love hiking and the outdoors.

I'm Feeling healthy and revitalised.

I'm relaxed and have less stressed concerns on my mind.

The cost of this event is €45 and includes bus transfer from Sligo town and mountaintop snacks.


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Havin’ a Laugh wins Ocean Hero Beach Clean of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that we have won the Ocean Hero Beach Clean of the Year Award for three Eco-adventures we ran in north Sligo this year. The adventures involved cleaning hard to reach stretches of coastline in north Sligo during Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean Weekend in September.  

The Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards are about honouring the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline. Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas, and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

Havin’ a Laugh has been registered as Clean Coasts group since 2014 and in that time have taken hosted numerous Eco-adventures and yoga on the beach activities during clean coasts week. Blaithin Sweeney the chairperson of the charity was delighted to win the award exclaiming “We Won!!! So elated to get this award. It isn’t always easy to keep the good work going but moments like these certainly lift our spirits. Thank you Clean Coasts for nominating us”.


The eco-adventures were held on Sunday, 16th September with a group kayaking from Milk harbour north of Grange out to Dernish Island collecting 20 bags of rubbish, volunteers then went trail running on Streedagh beach while picking up litter also known as plogging, and finally, a team went horse riding to Trawluath beach and cleared a remote stretch of coastline. The most common litter items found during the clean-ups were, fishing debris and plastic bottles, lobster pots, ropes, plastic containers, and 20-gallon drums.

The event was organised by the Havin’ A Laugh charity and the following activity providers donated their time: Northwest Adventure Tours (Trailrunning), Fitness4All (Trailrunning), Sligo Kayak Tours (kayaking), Island View Riding stables (Horseriding) and Seastainability.

Calm in the Chaos – Hosted by Students for Havin’ A Laugh

HAL Student Event

Calm in the Chaos Wellness evening is an event based around life enhancing activities and services available in the Sligo community.

Students 4 Havin’ a Laugh have organsied this event and it will offer three sessions to choose from, including 30-45 minute interval tasters of Zumba with Barbara Aluk, Yoga with Nikky Millar, Tai Chi with Shane McMunn, and Workshops from Anne-Marie Southcombe and Alan Williams.

All profits made from the event will go directly to Havin’A’Laugh Charity.

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Coffee Morning in Pearse’s Barn

HAL barn coffee morning

Our Coffee Morning, Harvest & Garden Produce Sale held in Pearse’s Barn, Calry was an outstanding success generating over €1700 in donations.

The coffee morning, held on Sunday, 30th September last, was organised and hosted by Kathy Pearse and Jill Womack. They wanted to show support for Havin’ A Laugh as well as informing more people about the charity by running this event.

You can find out more about the service we offer here.

Pearse’s Barn was built by Kathy’s late husband, he used authentic New England pine, and as you can see from the photo it’s an excellent piece of craftsmanship.

In fact, one person traveled all the way from Manorhamilton to the coffee morning in Calry to have a look at the barn, and no doubt they left suitably impressed.

There was plenty of delicious fare on offer during the coffee morning, and in addition to yummy cakes and coffee, there were also healthy vegetable baskets and fruit compotes fresh from the farm to be had.

Many thanks to everyone who donated items to the event and who and came out in big numbers to support it, with some stopping by to socialise after morning mass.

Eilis Needham gave generously of her time and entertained the crowd by giving a great performance on the harp.

Finally, we would like to also take this opportunity to thank the regular attendees and donators that come to our awareness and fundraising events.