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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) Tamlyn McHugh (Vice President)
Hon Sec Larry Mulllin (Hon. Tres.)
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Co. Galway - Agrarian Question & 1916 Rising in Galway Co. Galway - Walking Wildlife Workshop Our fourth Walking Wildlife Workshop will be held on Saturday 6 July starting at 10.30am and finishing at 1pm. Ruth Hanniffy, Projects Support Officer with the Vincent Wildlife Trust will help us discover what small wild mammals we may find in Sandybanks Lane, Headford. She will set traps the night before and show us how to check where mammals have been and identify them as a group the next morning. These mammals play a key role in a healthy ecosystem and highlight the wonders of the natural world on our doorstep. This workshop is free and open to everyone - children should be accompanied by an adult. This will be a really exciting workshop and along with the others that have and are due to take place, will build a strong picture of our biodiversity in Headford.We do hope you can make it! Please share or display the poster if you can. Sandybanks Lane is on Bridge Street approximately 50 metres below the Square in Headford on the left hand side. Opposite is a car wash and Garda station. Any problems ring 0874138956 About Ruth: Ruth Hanniffy is a conservation biologist working with the Vincent Wildlife Trust and based in the Zoology Department of NUI Galway. She specialises in terrestrial mammals, particularly the lesser horseshoe bat, pine marten and Irish stoat. She has previously worked in the field of river restoration and riparian habitat and species recovery, and is interested in the benefits of nature for health and wellbeing. She is also a wildlife and landscape photographer. Ruth is a member of the Go Wild Team delivering Go Wild in Galway and Nature Camps during Biodiversity and Heritage Weeks, where she uncovers the small mammals in our wild places and demonstrates how to be a mammal detective. Co. Galway - Annaghdown Heritage Society - Summer Newsletter Co. Louth Old Drogheda Society - Walk n Talk Old Drogheda Society`s 2019. Historical Walk n Talk Evenings in Drogheda Town. Note: All `Walk n Talk` evenings begin at 7.30pm sharp and will take about one hour and 20 minutes on average. Wednesday, July 3rd. The 8th Walk and Talk in 2019 Old Drogheda Society's very popular series of strolls down memory lane takes place on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 7.30 pm, when Liam Reilly will led the group from the junction of Mary Street and James St, heading to the Bull Ring, South Quay, St Mary's Bridge, North Quay and finishing at the Mall. The content will include Graves Lane, Grendon's Foundry, Frank Bateson, St Mary's Church, Pete's Chipper, The characters of James Street, Old Hill, the pubs of James Street, Dwyer's Handball Alley, The Castle of Comfort, The Bull Ring, The Town Morgue, Finnegan's House, Joey Maher, Tony Byrne, Tredagh Hotel, the pub at number six, Paddy Reilly the"Father of Drogheda United", Foresters Hall, Martin Butterly and Co, The Sound Shop, Mayoralty House, The Custom House, Masonic Hall, Morton's Mill and Greene's of the Mall. Liam will have his usual interesting stories on life in Drogheda in the past. The Walk and Talk is open to all and there is no set charge but small donations to the Old Drogheda Society will be accepted, Co Limerick - MA History of Family - Limerick University Study MA History of Family at the University of Limerick *Calling those with an interest in Irish history, family history and genealogy! *Develop your family history skills with the MA History of Family *Study online or on campus *Enrol now to commence study in September 2019 Enrolments are now open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland. This is a unique course that is offered in a blended format so that you can either study on campus at the University of Limerick, or online from the convenience of your home. The course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Irish history, family history or genealogy who would like to take their research a stage further and study towards a Master's degree. Students study the family within its broader context of social, cultural and economic history. A key attraction of the course is the wide range of topics covered. These include families and migration, families and communities and Irish cultural history, as well as academic writing and advanced research skills. Students also write a dissertation based on their own research. The course is delivered both on-campus and online. Online students interact with colleagues in Ireland via audio-conference and through the University of Limerick's virtual learning environment. Dr Ciara Breathnach, course director, explains 'We have a very diverse range of students studying on this course both on campus and online. Some students join the course straight after finishing their undergraduate degree, but several have joined following a long break from formal study. They have often developed an interest in Irish history through researching their own families and may have done a few courses in genealogy or family history. They now feel ready to take this study further, in a more academic environment. The programme is designed to appeal to those wishing to upskill, reskill or conduct continuing professional development and is sensitive to busy lives and those working full-time'. Dr Rachel Murphy, course lecturer notes: 'Because the course is taught both online and on campus, our students are based not just in Ireland but also from all over the diaspora including America, Australia, Canada and the UK. This provides a really enriching environment in which to teach and learn, as students share their wide range of experiences.' The course may be studied full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). To find out more about this course, contact our course director: <> or visit our course homepages at: MA History of Family: MA History of Family (Online): About the University of Limerick Established in 1972, the University of Limerick situated on the West coast of Ireland, is an independent, internationally focused university with over 15,000 students and 1,528 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. The University offers programmes across a wide range of disciplines, including arts, business, engineering and construction, health, including medicine, information and communication technology, law, mathematics and natural sciences. The University's mission is to be a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The University is recognised as possessing one of the most spectacular and environmentally sympathetic third-level campuses in the world. The campus has unrivalled sports and cultural facilities, including Ireland's first Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor sports arena, a boathouse with a state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank, the 1,100-seat University Concert Hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Building, the Irish World Academy and an impressive range of visual art, including outdoor sculptures, the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland and the Water Colour Society of Ireland Collection. The campus is located 5km from Limerick city and 20km from Shannon International Airport. The University of Limerick is The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 University of the Year 2019. For further information If you would like to discuss further, or arrange an interview with one of our lecturers, please contact course director, Dr Ciara Breathnach: Co Dublin - Glasnevin Cemetery Museum - July CO. CORK - CELEBRATING CORK PAST EXHIBITION 11th Annual Family Heritage Festival Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2019 Saturday, September 28th, 10am - 4pm. Supported: Cork City Council, Cork County Council & Cork Lions Club Venue: Millennium Hall / Lecture Hall, City Hall, Cork City. Officially Launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork and the Mayor of the County of Cork in the Millennium Hall at 12noon. ***** Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert 2019 Saturday, September 28th at 7.30 pm. Supported: Cork City Council and Cork Lions Club Venue: Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork City. On behalf of the Committee of Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2019 we are inviting you and your very popular heritage society/organisation to participate in our upcoming unique event – a one day Educational Family Heritage Festival that will be staged on Saturday, September 28th next from 10am to 4pm in the Millennium Hall / Lecture Hall, City Hall, Cork City. This Educational Family Heritage Exhibition is supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council & Cork Lions Club. Not alone will this exhibition provide a platform to showcase your own heritage society/organisation but also your parish and its people. Celebrating everything heritage, it is a wonderful opportunity for the public to be introduced to you, your society/organisation and your parish. Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2019 Criteria Ø The title of the exhibition is CELEBRATING CORK PAST EXHIBITION. Ø Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2019 which is supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council & Cork Lions Club will be held in the Millennium Hall / Lecture Hall, City Hall, Cork City on Saturday, September 28th next between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Ø The Millennium Hall & Lecture Hall are being made available free of charge by Cork City Council for this unique Family Heritage Exhibition and the exhibition will be covered by the insurance of Cork City Council. Ø Admission to the exhibition will be free of charge. Ø Spaces will be allocated by the Committee to the exhibitors for their exhibition. Ø Each exhibition is to comprise of a maximum of three panels. The Celebrating Cork Past Committee intends to provide exhibition stands and tables for any group who would like to avail of same for displaying their material (when confirming your attendance just let us know) and hopefully this will assist with logistics on the day for many a group. Where groups seek to bring their own stands and tables, please bear in mind that having a table in front of one’s display panels may hinder the public from accessing one’s colourful exhibit. Care should therefore be taken to ensure that if a table is necessary, that the table is not too big or cumbersome and that it is positioned in such a way that the public can access one’s exhibit. Chairs will be available in the City Hall if required. Ø Exhibitors should bear in mind when mounting exhibits that a large font should be used in text displays in order to ensure that they are readable from a distance. It should also be borne in mind that text should be displayed across the middle of the display stand at a suitable height for a standing person to read comfortably. Photographs etc. can be mounted above and below the eye line more easily - these should be captioned. Ø Each society should ensure that a prominent sign is mounted on their exhibit indicating the name of the exhibiting society/organisation. Exhibitors are more than welcome to bring any pop-up informational stands with them. Ø Exhibitors should remember that Velcro is necessary to mount exhibits on panels and this preparatory work should be undertaken in advance of mounting the exhibition. Ø Electrical points will be available for exhibitors who require them. Exhibitors can bring along lights to mount on exhibition panels to brighten up exhibits if they wish. Ø Each stand should be manned by members of the exhibiting society/organisation for the entire duration of the exhibition i.e. from 10am to 4pm to (a) interact with visitors to the exhibition and (b) to ensure the security of exhibits. Ø Access for participating societies/organisations to set up their exhibition stands will be from Eglington Street from 2pm to 6pm on Friday, September 27th and on the following Saturday morning from 8am to 9.30am prior to the opening of the exhibition at 10am. Exhibits must be removed the evening of the exhibition by 5pm. IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THE EXHIBITION Funding has been secured from Cork City Council & Cork County Council to promote the Exhibition in the media. As you are Heritage Ambassadors for your Parish, visitors may ask you a question or two about your Exhibition. PROMOTE THE EVENTS OF YOUR SOCIETY/ORGANISATION In order to attract as large an audience as possible to see and experience your educational heritage exhibit, each society/organisation should publicize Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition through their usual channels - this would greatly help to promote your society/organisation and to showcase the great work you are doing in your parish. If there are any other historical societies/organisations in your area that would like to be part of this unique Educational Exhibition, we would be delighted to hear from them. A Historical Lecture will take place. Speakers are yet to be confirmed YOUR COLOURFUL HERITAGE WEBSITE gives a brief but comprehensive insight into how this unique Educational Family Heritage Exhibition was established and proudly showcases the historical societies of Cork City and County. You are invited to submit details of your historical society/organisation i.e. your webpage or link to your website, if you have not already done so for inclusion on the Celebrating Cork Past website. Being part of this educational heritage website means that you are part of a unique heritage network that will shine a light on your heritage society/organisation. For further information, please contact Committee member Brian Bermingham, former Lord Mayor of Cork/Founder of Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition/Lord Mayor's Community Heritage: To get a flavour of the very successful 2009 Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition, click on the following link: Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2018 Film link: IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR OUR HERITAGE EXHIBITION AMBASSADORS Due to the tremendous positive response to the Educational Family Heritage Exhibition each year, we anticipate a large demand for exhibition space. To allocate exhibition space and to highlight your historical society/organisation in the media/press, we therefore would be most grateful if you would confirm the participation of your historical society/organisation in this year’s Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition as soon as possible. As already mentioned, this is a voluntary exhibition and we need time to organize the event. Thank you sincerely for your co-operation in this matter. Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert 2019 Invitation You and your society’s committee are cordially invited to the Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert. Your heritage society/organisation will be allocated 10 tickets if you wish to avail of them - free of charge of course. These will be distributed on Exhibition Day. Cork's Best Heritage Photo 2019: New to the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is a photographic competition to find Cork's Best Heritage Photo 2019. The competition is open to everyone and the Committee is looking for photographs that capture Cork's unique heritage. All short-listed photographs will feature in an exhibition at the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2019 and the winning photographs will be announced on the day. There will be awards for the best photo both from the County of Cork and Cork City. Entries can be submitted by email to up to the closing date of Monday 26th August, 2019 - this to allow for the capturing of photographs during Heritage Week 2019, which runs from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August 2019. LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION If you have any concerns or queries regarding the exhibition, please don’t hesitate in getting in contact with Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2019 Committee: Chairperson, Richard T. Cooke: 021- 4318894 / 086 - 8972547 / Niamh Twomey, Cork City Heritage Officer: 021-4924018 / Conor Nelligan, Cork County Council Heritage Officer/Adviser: 021-4285905 / Catryn Power, Historical Consultant: 086 - 8202204 / Angela Murphy, Chairperson, Passage West Maritime Museum: 087 – 1357634 / Noel Condon, Camden Fort Meagher/Cork Harbour Heritage Alliance (CHHA): 086 - 2352208 / Committee members will be at hand on the day to assist with any queries. Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition owes its success to you and long may it continue to promote our rich, colourful heritage, tradition and culture in Cork City and County and remember if you have any suggestions to help improve your Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition we would be delighted to hear from you. Co. Cork - Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition -2018 - Video
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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 SFC Heritage Week Events Sep 27th Phelim Brady Michael Collins’s Sligo Jail Journal, 2nd - 21st April 1918, The Voice of the Big Fellow Oct 25th Dr Críostóir MacCarthaigh Samhain Traditions in Ireland Nov 2nd-3rd 2019 Conference Early Mediaeval Christianity 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