Steeped in Sligo’s Past, Actively Securing Sligo’s Future
Archaeology, History, Natural History and HeritageEstablished 1945
TheSligoFieldClub(SFC)isavoluntary organisation.ItsobjectivesoftheSFCaretopromote interestintheenvironment,bothnaturalandman-made, throughlectures,guidedfieldtripsandothermethods consideredappropriate.Thegeneralareasofinterestof theSFCareArchaeology,History,NaturalHistoryand thequalityoftheenvironment.TheClubaimstointerest thegeneralpublicinitsobjectivesandwelcomes Membersfromallwalksoflife,familymembershipbeing particularly encouraged. SFCachievestheseobjectivesbymeansoflectures, guidedfieldtripsandanyothermethodconsidered appropriate.Anannualprogrammeofeightmonthly lecturesonrelevanttopicsbynationalauthoritiesis provided,togetherwithaselectionofevening,afternoon and full day field outings. Weholdanannualprogrammeofninemonthly lecturesonrelevanttopicsbynationalauthorities, togetherwithaselectionofevening,afternoonandfull dayfieldoutings.DuringNationalHeritageWeekthe SFCprovidesseverallecturesandoutings.Allofthese eventsarefreeofchargetomembersandvisitors. Since2009theSFChasorganisedanannual weekendthemedconferenceentitledCelebratingSligothe themesbeingspecifictoSligo;e.g.400Yearsofthe BoroughtocelebratetheCharteroftheBoroughofSligo orACelebrationofSligoFamiliesintheYearofthe Gathering.Thisyear,2017ourconferenceisonthe‘Rise and Fall of Landed Estates in the Northwest’.AllSligo FieldClubmonthlylecturestakeplaceintheSligo EducationCentre,ITSligocampusunlessotherwise notified.Detailsoflecturesareusuallyannouncedinthe SligoChampionand Weekender.AllthelatestSFCnews 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, Sligoor 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 @ €302019 FamilySubscriptiontotheSFC@€40
Martin Wilson (President) Aidan Mannion (Vice President)
Paul J Allen (Hon Sec) Larry Mulllin (Hon. Tres.)
Student/Unemployed Membership Single Membership Family Membership
(1) Co. Clare - A christmas Evening - Killinaboy“An Nollaig – The Irish Christmas”A Christmas evening with Michael Houlihan X-PO KILLINABOYThursday 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 belowhttps://gallery.mailchimp.com/e5e3dfd4c12216d7e548edf06/_compresseds/f5e9bbec-b7fb-4ae8-ba76-ab16c2ccf579.jpg(3) Co. Cork - Cork Heritage Update December 2018https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e5e3dfd4c12216d7e548edf06/files/4c82497b-db9f-49e6-aef4-54ed07dbae5b/Cork_Heritage.02.pdf(4) Co. Cork - Heritage Information Guide Launch see link belowhttps://gallery.mailchimp.com/e5e3dfd4c12216d7e548edf06/files/d4d07919-d362-4d9d-b903-a2713aabd9ae/Heritage_Info_guides_launch.docxPlease 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 queriesLe meas, TaraCommunications OfficeCork County CouncilTel: 021 4285452Email: Communications.Office@CorkCoCo.ie(5) Co. Kerry - Ardfert Historical Society Schedule of Events 1/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard FheartaWinter Lecture Series 2018-2019Date: Thursday, 6 December 2018Theme: 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 WalkDate: Wednesday 26th December 2018A time to get together with family & friends & enjoy a guided walk aroung Ardfert village during Christmas. Time: 3.30pmMeeting Point: St. Brendan's Parish Church, ArdfertDuration: 45-60 minutes3/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard FheartaWinter Lecture Series 2018-2019Date: Thursday, 10 January 2019Theme: Ardfert during the War of Independence [Tim Horgan]Venue: Ardfert Retreat Centre4/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard FheartaWinter Lecture Series 2018-2019 Date: Thursday, 7 February 2019Theme: The impact of the Great Famine on the Ardfert District [Tommy O’Connor]Venue: Ardfert Retreat Centre5/ Ardfert Historical Society / Cumann Staire Ard FheartaWinter Lecture Series 2018-2019 Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019Theme: Ardfert songs & poems [Ann Kearney]Venue: Ardfert Retreat CentreArdfert Historical Society may be contacted through email at email@example.com 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 belowhttps://gallery.mailchimp.com/e5e3dfd4c12216d7e548edf06/files/3ca0edd9-e66b-4411-a40d-e4877d1dc8b5/Ennis_Book_Club_Dec_2018.pdf(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 information please contact Caroline Hannon email firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or phone 091509047Kind Regards, Marie Mannion Heritage Officer
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.RoscommonMar 29th Dr John O’Callaghan The First Dáil ÉireannApr 26th Prof. Alan Ford The History of the History of the Reformation in IrelandMay 15th Outing*Dromore West Workhouse Jun 22ndOuting*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 ConfirmedOct 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 CampusAll are Welcome but €5 Charge for Non-Members