Cholera and the Cure

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The cholera epidemic remembered one hundred years after the event, as written by a schoolboy James Reynolds from Knockminna National School near Ballymote in Sligo from the Duchas school folklore collection in 1938. Cholera in 1837 People were dying in hundreds and nearly all Ballisodare population was wiped out. Sligo hospital was packed and so many died that they had… Continue reading Cholera and the Cure

Charlotte Thornley Stoker

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As it’s International Women’s day, here is a short account of one Sligo lady who was considered ahead of her time for highlighting social issues and provided literary inspiration for the gothic novel Dracula. Charlotte Blake Thornley Stoker (1818 – 1901) Charlotte was described as ambitious, intelligent, vivacious and a social reformer. Charlotte grew up in Sligo with her brothers… Continue reading Charlotte Thornley Stoker

Horrible Outrage on the Dead

After the sad news this week of the St Michan’s vaults break-in comes this story of vault robberies from 1836, its a pity these stories aren’t in the distant past where they belong. We had a memorable visit to St Michan’s vaults a few years ago. Hopefully, they will reopen and the skull of the 800-year-old crusader can be retrieved. You can check out our … Continue reading Horrible Outrage on the Dead

The ornate water pump in Cashel

On a short visit to the town of Cashel, County Tipperary recently which is home to the Rock of Cashel, I came across this ornamental water fountain. According to the Heritage plaque, it is known as the ‘Back of the Pipe’ and was erected by the Commissioners for Cashel in 1842 to supply water to the town. The water was originally dispensed from the lion … Continue reading The ornate water pump in Cashel

A short stay in Enniscrone in 1947

Traveller writer John Woods visited Ireland in 1947, here is an excerpt from his book ‘With Rucksack Round Ireland’, we join the writer as he arrives in County Sligo.   I intended to stay a night in Ballina, but its Horse Show was on, and I could find no accommodation. I did get a plain tea that belied its name by having several varieties of … Continue reading A short stay in Enniscrone in 1947

One stop shop in Enniscrone

Patrick Maughan shop advertisement from a tourist brochure produced in 1946. Enniscrone the popular seaside village in west Sligo, in the 1940s the shop was described as Enniscrone’s main shopping centre, it included drapers, grocers, hardware, wine and provisions. In 2009, the grey slate roof can still be seen on the building block. The original sash windows were replaced with uPVC versions. The original shop … Continue reading One stop shop in Enniscrone

India Mutineers 1920 Centenary

A new Facebook group has been set up to commemorate the Indian Mutiny 1920. If you have an interest in the Irish Revolution years (1916 – 1923) or had family that took part in the Indian Mutiny in 1920, you may be interested in joining. Connaught Rangers soldiers based in Jullandar and Solon Barracks in the Punjab, India, staged a mutiny in protest. There were … Continue reading India Mutineers 1920 Centenary

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

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