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
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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.)
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(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 Dr John O’Callaghan The First Dáil Éireann 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