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

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

Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

The Secret Scripture walking tour

Guided Walking Tour – Sligo Secret Scripture The Sligo Secret Scripture tour is a literary & local history tour based in Sligo town.  The tour takes you back to Sligo from the turn of the twentieth century to 1930’s from the viewpoint of one semi-fictional family.  The award-winning author and Laureate in Fiction Sebastian Barry, inspired by his family history set his novels in the town. This tour will … Continue reading The Secret Scripture walking tour

Former buildings Dromore West Workhouse Sligo

A scandalous event at the Dromore West Workhouse

An interesting social history case in the DIPPAM archives. The documents related to an event which occurred in 1879 and an inquiry was called to investigate how the Dromore West Workhouse was been managed. A Captain Spaight, who was the Local Government Board Inspector, chaired the Inquiry, and it concerned a Miss Annie Kiolehan, who was working as the headmistress in the Dromore West Workhouse … Continue reading A scandalous event at the Dromore West Workhouse

Black and white photo of Doris street

Who once lived on this Dublin street ?

I took this photo a few weeks ago when I was out for a lunchtime stroll.  I really like these quaint little red brick terraced houses on Doris street in Ringsend in ‪Dublin‬ 4‬.  Doris street is located in an area called South Lotts, which was reclaimed marshes along the South of the river Liffey in Dublin.  I believe these houses were built-in circa 1905, as I can’t find any … Continue reading Who once lived on this Dublin street ?

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 in 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 who … Continue reading Book the Sligo Secret Scripture Walking Tour

Maria Edgeworth Statue Literary Trail

To Edgeworthstown and Beyond

We took part in a new walking tour over the summer in County Longford.  The St. Mary’s to St. John’s & Beyond walking tour is a historical and literary trail based in the town of Edgeworthstown. The walking tour tells the history of the town and of the Edgeworth family and other famous literary figures connected with the family in County Longford, including the head … Continue reading To Edgeworthstown and Beyond