Cockran’s Mall Sligo in the 19th Century

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Art murals by the talented late Sligo artist Bernard McDonagh on the walls of the back bar in the Embassy/The Belfry on Kennedy Parade, Sligo. McDonagh was influenced by the local history of the street, recreating scenes of Linenhall Street in the late 18 century and early 19th century.     In the late 18th century, the street was known… Continue reading Cockran’s Mall Sligo in the 19th Century

Sligo and the Dracula connection

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The author Bram Stoker’s mother hailed from Sligo. Her name was Charlotte Thornley and she lived with her parents Captain Thomas Thornley, Matilda Blake Thornley along with her two younger brothers Thomas and Richard. Charlotte lived with her family on Correction Street now Old Market Street in the town. It was here where she resided in 1832 aged 14 years old… Continue reading Sligo and the Dracula connection

Halloween in Sligo in times past

In October 1909, Robert Coulter’s on Thomas Street in Sligo town was the place to shop for all your Halloweve treats, with Nuts, Apples, Grapes, Figs, Bananas and Cakes.   In 1904 Sligonians could join the Sligo Musical Society and take part in their Samhain musical, described as a romantic Irish Cantata. It was written by Dr Annie Patterson and won first prize at the … Continue reading Halloween in Sligo in times past

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

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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 unbeknownst… Continue reading Cholera Remedy in 1832

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

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

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

Old sligo street

In the footsteps of Eneas McNulty

Are you a fan of Sebastian Barry’s fictional trilogy about the McNulty family, Eneas, Roseanne, Jack and Mai ? Experience Sligo from the characters’ perspective.  Check out the melcoo literary trail to follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters. Over the  next few weeks, we will be posting a walking tour series about the streets and buildings in Sligo that helped inspire the novels.  Sebastian Barry’s novels have become a … Continue reading In the footsteps of Eneas McNulty

Streets of Sligo then-and-now archive photos

Inspired by a post on the Daily Edge, I’ve taken several old photographs of Sligo street scenes from the National Library of Ireland’s archive and matched them with the same scenes today thanks to Google Street View.   Then: Queen Victoria Bridge and the Belfast Banking – Royal Bank of Ireland building, Lower Knox, Street, Sligo Victoria bridge over the Garavogue river, which was built in … Continue reading Streets of Sligo then-and-now archive photos