Climbing Lugnaquillia, getting lost and Irish hospitality

It’s 1948 and the travel writer John Wood starts his walking and climbing tour around Ireland. He sets off leaving Dublin and heading to Wicklow. While in Wicklow, he encounters Irish wet weather and hospitality in equal measure! After a threepenny ride, I alighted from a bus at the suburb of Rathfarnham, whence I had decided to start my grand tour, and an elderly priest … Continue reading Climbing Lugnaquillia, getting lost and Irish hospitality

A Sunday in Dublin in 1948

In the Summer of 1948, an English travel writer named John Wood went on a backpacking trip around Ireland. Wood walked most of the 1,000 miles with a few unsolicited lifts and bus trips along the way, he managed to visit seventeen counties in one of the wettest summers on record for the time. He later wrote a travel book called ‘With Rucksack round Ireland‘. … Continue reading A Sunday in Dublin in 1948

Buildings of Sligo – The Provincial Bank

The Provincial Bank was the first bank opened in Sligo in 1828, originally located across the street near the old bridge on Stephens Street. In 1881, a new Renaissance style building was erected on Stephens Street, designed by the Architect Thomas Manley Deane and built by Joseph Clarence. The facade is made of Mountcharles sandstone with the side of the building made from Ballisodare limestone. … Continue reading Buildings of Sligo – The Provincial Bank

Cholera Remedy in 1832

Originally posted on Sligo Walking Tours:
In the Summer of 1832, 186 years ago, an outbreak of Cholera was spreading throughout Ireland. Cures and remedy advertisements appeared in newspapers. The text below appeared as an advert for an Apothecary in Sligo. This may have helped some people as dehydration was one of the symptoms. Unfortunately, as many would have taken this mixture with water which… Continue reading Cholera Remedy in 1832

Landed in Van Diemen’s Land

Van Diemen’s Land was set up as a penal colony in 1803 by the British Empire. It is estimated that some 75,000 convicts were shipped there up until 1853 when the mass transportation of people ended. The most common crime that led to transportation was petty theft or larceny. Followed by burglary or housebreaking, highway robbery, stealing clothing, stealing animals, military offences, prostitution and crimes … Continue reading Landed in Van Diemen’s Land

Old Buildings of Sligo Andersons Brewery

In 1834, the firm of Davy & Cochran built a brewery on a site at Old Shambles Street now Kempten Promenade off Bridge Street. The business was named Lough Gill brewery and operated until 1842 before closing due to bankruptcy. It was then acquired by Charles Anderson. Anderson operated a brewery on Water Lane and transferred his business to the larger site. After Anderson’s death … Continue reading Old Buildings of Sligo Andersons Brewery

Hyde bridge Sligo

The Sligo architect who designed a Crystal Palace

Sir John Benson was a distinguished Irish architect in the nineteenth century. Benson was born in Collooney, County Sligo in 1812. The original house was described as ‘a comfortable one storey thatched house in the village of Collooney’. Later alterations to the house extended it and introduced a slate roof.   At an early age he showed architectural ability, and Edmund Joshua Cooper of Markree Castle, … Continue reading The Sligo architect who designed a Crystal Palace

Sligo Dark Tales – The perils of travelling alone in the 18th-Century

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From the newspaper archives comes the late eighteenth-century story of two young boys herding cattle on Doomore mountain near Coolaney, County Sligo. Booleying farming was an agriculture practice carried out in Ireland. This is where younger members of the farming community usually a teenage girl or boy, would go uphill with cattle to higher pastures to allow the cattle to… Continue reading Sligo Dark Tales – The perils of travelling alone in the 18th-Century

Avena House from poetry inspiration to murder

Avena House in Ballisodare, County Sligo is currently for sale and has some literary and dark connections. The three-bay two storey house was built in circa 1840’s. Mc Ternan indicates that this house was formerly owned by Robert Culbertson, a mill owner of Ballysadare. His property was purchased in the Landed Estates Court in the 1860s by Messers. Middleton and Pollexfen and became a regular … Continue reading Avena House from poetry inspiration to murder

The night a world famous Irish tenor performed at the Gaiety Sligo

On the 15th January 1936, the world-famous Irish tenor Count John McCormack visited Sligo. McCormack was born in Athlone, Westmeath in 1884. His parents Hannah and Andrew McCormack, were both born in Scotland. Andrew’s father was Irish and had originally hailed from Sligo. Hannah’s family was Scottish Presbyterian. McCormack’s father came to Athlone to work in the woolen mills. McCormack was no stranger to Sligo as … Continue reading The night a world famous Irish tenor performed at the Gaiety Sligo