Hostel inundated with inquiry calls
Paddy McCormack took over the Railway Hostel in Union Place, Sligo, just a few weeks ago.
Now, with the arrival of the All-Ireland Fleadh, he is facing into one of the busiest times ever for anyone involved in the accommodation business.
But if there will be a massive influx for the fleadh, Paddy doesn't want to disappoint regular hostel visitors who might come looking for a place to stay.
He said: "We are inundated with calls.
"But you do not want to let down the long-term patrons such as hikers and backpackers.
"The fleadh is just for a week."
He said many enquiries about the fleadh came from through Ireland, North and South.
He added: "A lot of people are frustrated because Sligo is seemingly booked out."
As for the week of the fleadh, Paddy said: "I am trying to have a mix of people.
"I will reserve some rooms for people who arrive at the door not having booked in advance.
"We wouldn't have the accommodation to facilitate all enquiries.
"All we can do is pass them on to other hostels in the area."
The Railway Hostel, built in 1886, can cater for 12.
Many of its guests come from Europe and North America.
And among them next month is sure to be some for music and craic of the fleadh.