Steeped in Sligo’s Past,      Actively Securing Sligo’s Future
Archaeology, History, Natural History and Heritage Established 1945
The     Sligo     Field     Club     (SFC)     is     a     voluntary organisation.   Its   objectives   of   the   SFC   are   to   promote interest   in      the   environment,   both   natural   and   man-made, through      lectures,   guided   field   trips   and         other   methods considered      appropriate.   The   general   areas   of   interest   of the   SFC   are      Archaeology,   History,      Natural      History   and the   quality   of   the      environment.     The   Club   aims   to   interest the     general     public     in     its     objectives     and     welcomes Members   from   all   walks   of   life,   family   membership   being particularly encouraged. SFC   achieves   these   objectives   by   means   of   lectures, guided    field    trips    and    any    other    method    considered appropriate.    An    annual    programme    of    eight    monthly lectures    on    relevant    topics    by    national    authorities    is provided,   together   with   a   selection   of   evening,   afternoon and full day field outings.  We   hold   an   annual   programme   of   nine      monthly lectures     on     relevant     topics     by     national     authorities, together   with   a   selection   of   evening,   afternoon   and   full day    field    outings.    During    National    Heritage    Week    the SFC   provides   several   lectures   and   outings.   All   of   these events    are    free    of    charge    to    members    and    visitors. Since    2009    the    SFC    has    organised    an    annual weekend   themed   conference   entitled   Celebrating   Sligo   the themes    being    specific    to    Sligo;    e.g.    400    Years    of    the Borough   to   celebrate   the   Charter   of   the   Borough   of   Sligo or   A    Celebration    of    Sligo    Families    in    the   Year    of    the Gathering.   This   year,   2017   our   conference   is   on   the   ‘Rise and Fall of Landed Estates in the Northwest’. All      Sligo Field    Club    monthly    lectures    take    place    in        the    Sligo Education      Centre,   IT   Sligo   campus   unless      otherwise notified.   Details   of   lectures   are   usually      announced   in   the Sligo   Champion   and Weekender.        All   the   latest   SFC   news and updates can be found on our website and Facebook.
The SFC annually holds a programme of nine monthly lectures on relevant topics by national authorities. A selection of evening, afternoon and full day field outings. Aan annual conference. Organize special events As as well as participating in many events arranged by other groups and organizations
 Not a member?             Then why not join us?
You can write to with your  membership intentions to Larry Mullin (Hon.Tres.)  Ballinode, Sligo  or purchase your membership online here. For More Details :   or Phone 086-0579511
2019 Student/Unemployed Subscription to the SFC @ €20       2019 Single Subscription to the SFC @ €30 2019 Family Subscription to the SFC @ €40 
Martin Wilson (President)    Aidan Mannion (Vice President) 
Paul J Allen (Hon Sec)  Larry Mulllin (Hon. Tres.)
Student/Unemployed Membership Single Membership  Family Membership
Ranelagh, County Roscommon
SFC Next Lecture
(1)  Co. Clare - A christmas Evening - Killinaboy “An Nollaig – The Irish Christmas” A Christmas evening with Michael Houlihan X-PO KILLINABOY Thursday December 13th 8.30 p.m.   Author Michael Houlihan will be the December guest at the X-PO and his seasonal talk is entitled “An Nollaig – The Irish Christmas”.  Michael is a Kerry native who has been living in Clare since 1977. He has an M.A. in Local History from U.L. Michael’s publications include Puck Fair, History and Traditions ; The Holy Wells of County Clare ; The Sacred Trees of County Clare ; Searching for the Dreamtime in County Clare and An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas Reader.   The X-PO talk is a celebration of midwinter, most especially An Nollaig, the Irish Christmas. The lecture touches on the solstice celebrations in Newgrange and fire ceremonies at Tlacgtha before moving in to the Christian period. History, folklore, calendar customs, weather events and folk memories recall past Christmases, from the fifth century onwards. Mummers and Wrenboys feature, as does Ireland’s unique Women’s Christmas, Nollaig na mBan.   ‘Big House’ accounts of Christmas come from Maria Edgeworth and Elizabeth Bowen. Musicians Turlough O’Carolan and Frederic Handel add to the story.  The lecture is a reminder of the unique tradition that is the Irish Christmas and the many riches it bestows. The event will take place on Thursday December 13th at 8.30 p.m. It is free of charge. Donations to X-PO welcome. X-PO is a community hub located in the former post office in Killinaboy. More information 087 292 54 87.     (2)  Co Tipperary - Emly Historical Society See link below (3)  Co. Cork - Cork Heritage Update December 2018 (4)  Co. Cork - Heritage Information Guide Launch see link below   Please find media release attached relating to the launch today of four new Heritage Guide leaflets. Produced by the Historic Monuments Advisory Committee & designed to inform the general public and interested groups on best conservation practice and on complying with relevant legislation in regard to four important areas of heritage management - the care and maintenance of; historic graveyards, historic ironwork, stone walls and archaeological monuments. Images will issue from photographer David Keane to picture desks today. Please contact this office with any further queries   Le meas, Tara Communications Office Cork County Council   Tel: 021 4285452 Email: (5)   Co. Kerry - Ardfert Historical Society Schedule of Events   1/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard Fhearta Winter Lecture Series 2018-2019 Date: Thursday, 6 December 2018 Theme: Video archive footage from Ardfert [Steve Baker & James O'Loughlin] Venue: Ardfert Retreat Centre, 8.00p.m.   2/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard Fhearta  Ardfert Village Guided Walk Date: Wednesday 26th December 2018 A time to get together with family & friends & enjoy a guided walk aroung Ardfert village during Christmas. Time: 3.30pm Meeting Point: St. Brendan's Parish Church, Ardfert Duration: 45-60 minutes   3/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard Fhearta Winter Lecture Series 2018-2019 Date: Thursday, 10 January 2019 Theme: Ardfert during the War of Independence [Tim Horgan] Venue: Ardfert Retreat Centre   4/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard Fhearta Winter Lecture Series 2018-2019  Date: Thursday, 7 February 2019 Theme: The impact of the Great Famine on the Ardfert District [Tommy O’Connor] Venue: Ardfert Retreat Centre   5/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard Fhearta Winter Lecture Series 2018-2019  Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019 Theme: Ardfert songs & poems [Ann Kearney] Venue: Ardfert Retreat Centre   Ardfert Historical Society may be contacted through email at or by post to: Ardfert Historical Society, C/O Ardfert Printing, The Village, Ardfert, Co. Kerry or phone at +353 66 7115055 (6)  Co. Clare - Ennis Book Club Festival  March 2019 see link below (7)   Co. Galway  -  A Taste of Galway’s Past    Why not come and join us to celebrate the rich food heritage of County Galway on Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 11.00am-4.00pm at Claregalway Castle, Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe.   This free event will comprise of lectures, short films, craft making and craft displays, food demonstrations, vintage farm machinery and music & song. For further in formation please contact Caroline Hannon email <>  or phone 091509047   Kind Regards,  Marie Mannion Heritage Officer
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SFC 2019 Lectures & Events Programme Jan 25th  Dr Robert Hensey   Carrowkeel to Cambridge: Investigating the Origins of                   & Pádraig Meehan                                            Sligo's Neolithic Ancestors                              Feb 8th              AGM                                                                                                                                               Feb 22nd  Mary Timoney     The Grave Memorials of Co.Roscommon              Mar 29th  Pat Quigley Casimir Markievicz: His Love Affair with Ireland                     Apr 26th Prof. Alan  Ford     The History of the History of the Reformation in Ireland                 May 15th Outing*     Dromore West Workhouse                   Jun 22nd Outing*     Ballina                                   Jul 17th Outing*       Boyle Abbey & King’s House                        Aug 17– 25th Heritage Week*      (Events TBA)             Sep 27th Phelim Brady          Michael Collins’s  Sligo Jail Journal, 2nd - 21st April 1918,  The Voice of the Big Fellow        Oct 11-12th 2019 Conference* Conference Weekend  Details to be Confirmed                    Oct 25th  Dr Críostóir MacCarthaigh  Samhain Traditions in Ireland                           Nov 29th Dr. James Bonsall New Archaeological Research at the Carrowmore Complex, Co. Sligo             & Dr. Marion Dowd * Full details will be announced throughout the year. Full lecture, changes & event details are updated on the SFC website & Facebook. Venue for all lectures :    8pm Sligo Institute of Technology Education Centre, IT Sligo Campus All are Welcome but €5 Charge for Non-Members