Anglo-Norman parks in medieval Ireland - Fiona BeglaneThis illustrated volume examines the evidence for medieval parks in Anglo-Norman Ireland. It is the first book on the subject and concentrates on the parks documented in the period 1169 to c.1350. Drawing on archaeological fieldwork, historical and place-name evidence, it generates a broad understanding of the role of parks in medieval society. It stresses the importance of the landscape and of the deer, cattle and timber within it as integral aspects of the material culture of high-medieval Ireland. The research is underpinned by extensive fieldwork, which has identified surviving park features in the landscape. Key topics explored include the form and function of medieval parks, their occurrence and location in the landscape, the status and identity of their owners and a comparison with parks elsewhere. Notably, the evidence suggests that both parks and fallow deer were relatively uncommon in Ireland compared to England. The reasons for this lie in chronology, landscape and politics, and these form a major theme within the book.Fiona Beglane is a lecturer in archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, and a consultant zooarchaeologist and a SFC Member.
Steeped in Sligo’s Past, Actively Securing Sligo’s Future
Archaeology, History, Natural History and HeritageEstablished 1945
BOOK SELECTION WITH A SLIGO INTERESTSubjective review of books currently available that can be bought online or given details where they can be purchased
Dedicated to Sligo Author : Martin Timoney (ed.) A wide range of authors describe, analyse, interpret and re- interpret parts of the complex understudied, and at times misunderstood, archive of eight thousand years of Co. Sligo’s past. Drawing on new and exciting knowledge about what Sligo looked like at times in the remote past, the events which changed lifestyles and the products of humble and status craftsmen the authors give us a greater understanding of our county and its place in Ireland’s past and present and they inform us of some inspired intellectual and artistic giants of more recent centuries. The illustrations draw us out into the Sligo landscape, so richly endowed with the natural beauty, archaeology and history that surrounds us all the days of our lives.
A Celebration of Sligo: First Essays for Sligo Field Club [Hardback] This collection of 34 essays celebrates fifty years of the Sligo Field Club and reflect the interests of its members in the archaeology and environment of County Sligo, Ireland. A wide variety of subjects are included supported by photographs, illustrations and maps. ISBN: 9780952809104 | Published by: Sligo Field Club| Year of Publication: 2002 | 336p, b/w illus, maps
Cian Harte ‘The Lost Tales: Riverstown's Great War, 1914-1918' "This book is primarily a character focussed study, reconstructing the lives of soldiers, sailors, nurses, chaplains and stokers from the local community of Riverstown. Almost eighty people were involved in the war from this area, with dozens failing to return home. 'The Lost Tales: Riverstown's Great War, 1914-1918' is a unique insight into the lives and community of the greater Riverstown area during the destructive years of the First World War. The life of the village will be explored with a focus upon the upsurge of radical republicanism and Sinn Féin and how changing attitudes at home affected the lives of the men at the front."
Sligo Field Club celebrated its 70th Anniversary.To mark this auspicious event the SFC published a Journal on County Sligo and the North West. In 1945 the Sligo Antiquarian Society was founded. A year later it re-named itself the Sligo Field Club. Despite a transitional period in its initial decade, by 1954 the SFC had established itself as an active society promoting the Archaeology, History, Natural History and Heritage of Sligo Town and County. To mark this occasion a SFC Journal has been published with articles from members and the general public comprising of topics covering a very wide scope that encompass County Sligo and the North-West.
‘The Lost Tales: Riverstown’s Troubles, 1919-1923’ is the second publication in ‘The Lost Tales’ series by local historian/author Cían Harte. The book deals with the years Ireland sought to attain freedom from the British Empire within the local context of rural east Sligo. It follows the activities of the 5th IRA Riverstown Battalion from the beginning of the War of Independence to the end of the bloody and divisive Civil War. The publication is the culmination of a long research process which included accessing IRA pension service files, IRA witness statements, contacting next of kin all around the world, as well as knowledgeable locals of the area. Much material had to be handled with great care due to the sensitive nature of the material to hand. The author appreciates how this period was extremely fluid in terms of local political allegiances. He has sought to hear the side of all arguments and write in a non-partisan manner. As a result, the book contains unique biographies of Royal Irish Constabulary enlistees as well as character .portraits on local Volunteers, politicians, Cumann na mBan members and Free State army soldiers. Furthermore, an appendix includes all known volunteers of the 5th Battalion, encompassing well over 350 names with personal detail gathered on every single member. Dozens of contemporary pictures are also included within the pages of the book. As well as the factual narratives of the first few chapters, locals of the area have also been provided a space in a chapter titled: ‘Orals Tales of the Past’ which provide a forum for locals to retell the old stories they heard in the days of the rambling house. Many such stories are quite humorous in nature
Gerry Foley The Benbulbin Barytes Miners, The Forgotten Story The book is on sale at €12 in the Liber and Eason bookstores in Sligo and other outlets, including country markets, throughout the North Sligo/Leitrim area.