As part of the build-up to EURO 2020, where four games will be hosted in Aviva Stadium, the National Football Exhibition helps to celebrate 60 years of the European Championships - as well as some Irish footballing history too.
Following a hugely successful run in Printworks, Dublin Castle, the National Football Exhibition has hit the road to visit seven different cities around the country before returning to Dublin ahead of EURO 2020. And the first stop is Sligo.
Sligo Mayor Rosaleen O'Grady said: "We consider it a privilege that Sligo is the first venue outside Dublin to host the National Football Exhibition. At a personal level, I am proud of my family's connections with the game and our local club, with my son Conor having the privilege of captaining Sligo Rovers, an experience that yielded special times and wonderful memories. Conor is now passing on that his experience through his involvement with the current Rovers Under-15 squad."
Remember to visit the very impressive @FAIreland Football Exhibition in City Hall, Quay St Sligo - Open Sun & Mon 11am – 3pm,Tues – Fri 11am – 6pm and Sat 10am – 5pm #Sligo#bitored @sligorovers pic.twitter.com/NAbaNcTUIs— Sligo County Council (@sligococo) February 16, 2019
With help from Cllr Marie Casserly, Mark Cummins (Sligo Rovers Management Committee), David McLoughlin, and the Sligo Rovers Heritage Group, the Exhibition has a distinct Sligo flavour and incorporates elements of footballing history from the Connaught region.
Separated into six different zones to represent various parts of Irish & European football, the Exhibition contains rare match programmes, unique match jerseys, treasured memorabilia, and exclusive pieces, such as specially commissioned artwork from Barry Masterson and Danny Earls, as well as submissions from kids involved with Fighting Words.
Fantastic opening night for the National Football Exhibition in Sligo City Hall.— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) February 15, 2019
Make sure to get along as it's FREE ENTRY until February 28.#NFE2020 Opening Times
Sunday - Monday 11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday - Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00 pic.twitter.com/UQj3pWjgnZ
There is also an interactive element to the Exhibition to ensure that all members of the family can get involved with a Photo Booth to get your picture taken, a recording booth to practice your commentary skills, and quiz stations to test your footballing knowledge.
Feel free to roam around and discover every part of the Exhibition, or download the National Football Exhibition App and pick up a pair of free headphones at the venue to listen to the audio tour.
Taking place in Sligo City Hall, it will have a local feel with unique additions celebrating the county's footballing history. The free of charge Exhibition will be open to the public until Thursday, February 28.
VIDEO | As the National Football Exhibition prepares to visit Sligo City Hall from February 15 to March 3, we picked some of the best clips from our Recording Booth. Can you do any better? #EURO2020 #NFE2020 pic.twitter.com/0yH1iRbuZs— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) February 3, 2019