Mystery disappearance of 3 Air Force officers

  Last year when I was researching another post, I came across this headline in the newspaper archives which caught my eye. Mystery disappearance… ran the headline in the Northern Whig newspaper from the 18th September 1945. The words mystery and Sligo in the article were enough to hold my interest. I saved the article, hoping to come back to it when I had more … Continue reading Mystery disappearance of 3 Air Force officers

Enniscrone old bathhouse

A Winter murder at a Seaside Village

The seaside village of Enniscrone in west Sligo along the wild Atlantic way, has long been a popular holiday destination, going back as far as the 19th century when the Victorians began visiting the small seaside village, located on the shores of Killala Bay in west county Sligo. It has been a popular destination since the 1850’s, when the local landlord, Robert Orme built the Cliff bathhouse … Continue reading A Winter murder at a Seaside Village

Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

The Secret Scripture walking tour

Book a ticket for the guided Secret Scripture walking tour and discover Sligo town at the turn of the 20th century, from the perspective of one Sligo family, follow in their footsteps and see where they lived, worked and played. The Sligo secret scripture trail is a local history and literary tour based around Sligo town. The award-winning author Sebastian Barry set his novels in Sligo town … Continue reading The Secret Scripture walking tour

This masonic lodge meeting is no secret

There are lots of events happening around the country for Culture Night, which takes place on Friday 16th September 2016.  You can check out the Culture Night website to see what is on in your area. I’m thinking of going to the Masonic hall in Sligo, which is only open to the general public on Culture Night. You get a tour of the building and a short talk on … Continue reading This masonic lodge meeting is no secret

A scandalous event at the Dromore West Workhouse

I came across this interesting social history case in the DIPPAM Archives recently. DIPPAM which stands for Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration, is an online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland, and its migration experience from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. The documents related to an event which occurred in 1879 and an inquiry was called … Continue reading A scandalous event at the Dromore West Workhouse

Lissadell House

The light of evening, Lissadell

We visited Lissadell House in May and did the guided tour.  Lissadell House is a big country house, located in North Sligo.  It originally belonged to the Gore-Booth family, who were Anglo Irish landlords.  They sold it to the Cassidy-Walsh family in 2004, who have since renovated it and use it as their own family home and have also managed to turn it into an interesting visitor attraction, which is open … Continue reading The light of evening, Lissadell

Book the Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

Guided Walking Tour – Sligo Secret Scripture The Sligo Secret Scripture Trail, is a literary & local history tour based around Sligo town and county.  The tour takes a snapshot of Sligo in the 1920’s and 1930’s from the viewpoint of one semi-fictional family, who lived and worked in the town.  The award winning author Sebastian Barry, set his novels in Sligo town and wrote about his family … Continue reading Book the Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

Sailing boats passing a lighthouse in Sligo bay

Memory Harbour

Over the June bank holiday, I was out at Rosses Point in Sligo and took a walk to Deadman’s Point.  I wanted to see the old River Pilot Watch-house, this old ruin of a cottage recently appeared on the Bob Geldof documentary called “A Fanatic Heart”, which was commissioned by RTE for their reflecting the rising series.  I knew the Yeats family had an old summer house at Rosses … Continue reading Memory Harbour

A stay in the Cranmore hotel

Last weekend we attended a talk on Sligo Gaol and the women involved in the Irish revolution and got the opportunity to visit the old Sligo jail. Sligo Gaol is located in Garavogue villas in Sligo town, next to the Sligo Fire station.  It was opened in 1818 and closed in 1956.  It housed men and women and also had a debtors prison. The talk was held … Continue reading A stay in the Cranmore hotel

Sligo 1916 Rising Art Mural

1916 Easter Rising Art Mural

Over Christmas, I got to view the new art mural in Sligo, which is commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, with portraits of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, the GPO and Benbulben mountain depicted.  It was painted by the Artist Nik Purdy, who also painted the nearby William B. Yeats and Maud Gonne murals.  It is situated in Sligo town on the Joe Banks road (inner … Continue reading 1916 Easter Rising Art Mural