Sligo, capital of the Northwest region, is one of Ireland’s largest towns. Sligo offers a unique destination with the dramatic backdrop of Benbulben, glimmering beaches, rolling green hills, and magical woodlands, with unsurpassed leisure activities and state-of-the-art business facilities, few places can compete as a destination for leisure or business. From water sports and golf to seaweed baths and horse riding or even some leisurely fishing, the county has so much to offer you whatever your interests may be. From the myths and legends of ancient Ireland to the poetry of Yeats and the music of Coleman, Westlife and Dervish, Sligo’s cultural and literary heritage is world famous and still actively celebrated.

Local Exchange Coordinator: Dr Ravi Kumar

Name of the hospital/unit:

Sligo Colomba’s Hospital / Sligo Old Age Mental Health Service

– address:

Balytivnan Road/Pearse Road, Sligo…

1. Sligo Mental Health Services

An opportunity for placements with one of three of teams specialising in General Adult Psychiatry and one team specialising in Rehabilitation Psychiatry. Clinical activity is based in acute care unit, St. Columbas Hospital and in the community – outpatient clinics and day hospital. Liaison Psychiatry –collaboration with Sligo University Hospital. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in both acute and community care Psychiatry. Trainee will be able to attend local educational activities such as case presentation and journal clubs.

2. Sligo Old Age Mental Health Services

This is a placement with the team of Old Age Psychiatry. This team is coordinated by Dr Geraldine McCarthy, Consultant in Psychiatry of Old Age, Dean of Medicine. Activity is highly community based with a multidisciplinary approach: day hospital (Liscarney House), domiciliary visits in the company of a Community Mental Health Nurses, several outpatient clinics, Liaison Psychiatry –collaboration with Sligo Regional Hospital. The placement offers a great opportunity to get familiarised with the psychiatric management of the elderly patients. The team is highly supportive of research activities. Doctors and nurses have scientific articles published every year and grant winning research papers.


Picture: Ben Bulben Mountin, Co. Sligo

Length of the programme:

2- 6 weeks

Periods available: 

February to July and August to January

Language requirements: English

Fluent English

Other requirements

– Visa is not required for EU and EEA nationals.

Nationals of a number of countries do not require a visa to travel to Ireland for less than 90 days. Please check or the nearest Irish Embassy.

– Travel and health insurance needed: highly recommended.

Most European nationals can issue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for emergency medical treatment during limited period of travel in EU countries. Check details at:

No help with accommodation is provided, see useful websites below.

Useful websites


General Tourist information:

Sligo Tourist information:


National Trainee organisation website:

Before applying, please, read useful information re. exchange placements in Ireland

  1. Organisation of accommodation, transport and visa, is the responsibility of the applicant. We recommend planning well in advance before coming to Ireland. However, we advice that you don’t book your flight or accommodation before receiving formal offer for the placement.
  2. A Garda vetting (police clearance) is required from Irish Garda before starting your attachment and it takes 4-6 weeks processing time from the point of application. A Police clearance from your country is also required.
  3. The length of placements is usually 2- 4 weeks, and in exceptional circumstances up to 6 weeks.
  4. Periods available: February – July and August – January
  5. Language: Fluent English.


Local Exchange Coordinator: Dr Meissam Moghaddasian