Walking The Past Of Sligo Discover more about Sligo Town through the buildings, characters & families of this old, ever changing, historic Market Town, guided by author Padraic Feehily & Dr. Fiona Gallagher historian & author. Enjoy an evening walk around Sligo Town delving into its past with tales of its former inhabitants, their lives and environment told by Padraic. Learn about its unique and interesting buildings as it developed over time, described by Fiona. The tour will bring to life the pastimes of this bustling market town as it thrived through the centuries.
Thurs 22nd August 6:30pm - 8pm Sligo Main Post Office, Lower O'Connell St
Holy Wells Of North Sligo Archaeologist Tamlyn McHugh will lead an outing to several interesting and diverse Holy Wells in North Sligo. These enigmatic sites are imbued with tradition and religion. Such enigmatic sites are public places of individual contemplation, healing, as well as communal prayer, located in natural surroundings and are a symbolic of Irish culture and folklore. Tamlyn will explore coastal and inland sites, an afternoon, steeped in antiquity and tradition. Walking shoes would be advisable with car-pooling necessary due to limited parking availability.
Sat 17th August 2pm - 4pm Rathcormack School, Rathcormack
Ramble Around Raughley Headland Leo Leydon’s informed walk around Raughley Headland will include stories about the commercial and social activities that took place in pastimes in this interesting and beautiful landscape. The walk will encompass stories of commercial winkle picking and catching shellfish. Additionally, Leo will talk about the sailing and rowing regattas as well as the leisure fishing. Among the places he will take you, are the Coastguard Station, Signal Tower, Raughley Harbour, constructed by Alexander Nimmo and an abandoned graveyard. Leo will also tell you about the ships ‘SS Tartar and Erins Hope’ A delightful and interesting walk is promised.
James Morrison: Teach Cheoil Visit Slide show and entertainment to James Morrison Teach Cheoil. View musical archives/artefacts at the Morrison Cottage. Learn about the life and music of this great Sligo musician and his contemporaries. James Morrison ( 1893-1947 ) was a notable South Sligo- style Irish fiddler and also played the flute and button accordion. He is commemorated at the James Morrison Teach Cheoil, where his contemporaries and the musicians of the Riverstown area are also remembered. Archive material relating to James Morrison’s legacy of traditional Irish music is housed at the Morrison Cottage. The evening promises to be an interesting and entertaining celebration of this world- renowned musician.
Tues 20th August 7:30pm - 9.30pm James Morrison Centre / Meet Aurivo, Riverstown Car Park
Sun 25th August 3pm - 5pm Raughley Causeway Approach
2019 Heritage Week Was Held Sat 17th - 25th August 2019
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Sat 24th August 4pm - 5pm Carney Junction, N5 Drumcliff
Visit to Coolbeg Wedge Tomb One of NW Ireland’s finest example of a wedge tomb, from 2,500BC. It possibly has bronze aged rock art on the kerb stones. Built to face the setting sun rather than the rising sun. Why? Leo Leydon will answer this question & discuss other interesting features during the afternoon visit to this Megalithic tomb, the last style of construction in Ireland, the wedge tomb. A description derived from the front end generally being wider and gradually lowering towards the back, built from the late Neolithic period to the Bronze Age, c.2700 BC-1700BC.Visit by the kind permission of the Feeney family, Castletown. Includes short walk across grazing ground. Suitable footwear advised.
List of Events We Held For This Year’s Heritage Week , Which Were All Well Attended