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

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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

Originally posted on Sligo Walking Tours:
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

Mitzi Gaynor in Rhodes

Woman magazine on the 26th March 1960, featured a short piece with American actress and singer Mitzi Gaynor. Gaynor who starred in several films, most notably There’s no business like show business in 1954 and South Pacific in 1958. She was pictured on the Greek Island of Rhodes while on a break from filming Surprise Package. The film co-starred Yul Brynner, Noël Coward and was … Continue reading Mitzi Gaynor in Rhodes

Downpatrick Head

What to do and see in North Mayo

We took a trip along the North Mayo coastline to visit Downpatrick Head and the Ceide Fields. While not as well known as the Cliffs of Moher, this area is equally as impressive and scenic. Killala village Our first stop was Killala, a quaint seaside village. Killala was the scene of the last major engagement in the 1798 rebellion. The Irish rebels, helped by the … Continue reading What to do and see in North Mayo