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

Woollen Mills Waterford

Industrial heritage along the greenway

Ireland’s industrial heritage along the greenway We cycled the new Waterford greenway, which runs for 46 kilometres along the Dungarvan to Waterford old train line.  One of the stops on the greenway is the quaint small town of Kilmacthomas, where this impressive 7 arch stone rubble rail viaduct which spans over the River Mahon, dominates the local landscape.  It opened in 1878 for the Great Southern … Continue reading Industrial heritage along the greenway

Enniscrone old bathhouse

A Winter murder at a Seaside Village

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

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 ?

Clonmel Heritage Walking Tour – Anne Street

A walk around Clonmel town will show you an array of old buildings from different historical and architectural periods, from the Medieval period up to the 19th Century.  It is the largest town in County Tipperary and the river Suir runs through it. We did a self-guided walking tour around the town and visited this charming Georgian street. One of the first points we stopped at, on … Continue reading Clonmel Heritage Walking Tour – Anne Street

19th Century village square

I love everything that is old..

Travel back in time to an old-world village in the midlands of Ireland.  Ardagh in County Longford, Ireland, is a village which can trace its roots back to the 5th century when Saint Patrick founded a monastery here.  Today, it is known as a heritage village, it looks and feels like a village from the pages of a Jane Austin novel. I’ve always thought, it would … Continue reading I love everything that is old..

Little Museum of Dublin Georgian house

100 years of Dublin History in 30 mins

We visited The Little Museum of Dublin, it’s a new people’s museum, established about 3 years ago.  Its situated in a Georgian house overlooking Stephens Green.  It provides a great snapshot of Dublin and Irish life in the 20th century. All the items in the house have been kindly donated by people and the museum has applied for charity status and many of the tour guides … Continue reading 100 years of Dublin History in 30 mins