Archaeology, History, Natural History and HeritageEstablished 1945
Sunday August 21stMoygara CastleDr. Keiran O’ConorWithumbrellasraised,alargegroupofenthusiasticvisitorsgatheredatMoygaraCastle,and despitetheweather,enjoyedaninterestingandenlighteningtourofthisimportantstructure,ledby Dr Kieran O’Conor. MoygaratakesitsnamefromtheO’GarafamilywhoruledtheareaaroundLoughGara.They built three castles, the most impressive being Moygara located in the north-west corner of the lough. Withmanyofitsdefensivefeaturesstillevident,thecastleisagoodexampleofacastellated structure.Onthenorthsideofthebawnwall,standstheoldestpartofthecastlearuinedrectangular structure, possibly an earlier tower house.Keirandetailedtheresearchundertakenbyhimrevealingthevariousstagesofconstruction and the history of the site much to the pleasure of those present.
Monasteraden, Neighbourhood Tour. PJ O'Neill escorted the group around the sites of St Attracta's Well, Clougher Stone Fort, Carrowntemple and told of their history and stories and their significance to the local area and people
Tuesday 21st August,
Evening Tour Gleniff Mining Valley. Gerry Foley lead a tour of Gleniff mining valley inc. old Gleniff Barytes Mill site. Small dam and larger one up stream on the Ballintrillick river. Drive to Gore Booth, mine and Barton aerial tramway and miners accommodation.
Friday 24th August,
The Rambling House. We listened to Joe Mc Gowan recount the days of the ‘rambling house’ It was here that local news was exchanged, ghost and fairy stories told and the old lore passed on before the arrival of ‘mass media’. The door was always open or at least unlocked. Everyone felt welcome and a visitor never had to knock: they just walked in.
Sunday 26th August,
Sligo's forgotten Castle - Doonfore.Visit to explore Sligo's forgotten Doonfore Castle. Constructed by the O'Harte family and enhanced by Francis Gore, the first of the Gores to settle in North Sligo.
19th Aug Monasteraden, Neighbourhood Tour. Monasteraden is a village in County Sligo, Ireland. The village is located on the shores of Lough Gara. St Aiden's church is the village's church. Other sights included Lough Gara Lodge, Slí na Croí's Roundhouse Ecolodge, Drury's pub and the general store. There is a holy well called St Attracta's and that is where many people used to get their drinking water The lake is used for fishing and is divided by the bridge at Clooncunny.
21st Aug Evening Tour Gleniff Mining ValleyGerry Foley traced the historical aspects of the Gleniff Valley mining heritage. Gleniff Mill examining its foundations,talk on its history and operation. Visited a small and larger dam on the river. Concrete plinths in the river that supported a railway line (Gleniff and Mullaghmore mineral) line was highlighted. Drove to Gore Booth mine/Barton aerial tramway and miner’s accommodation. Pilot Mill, Barium Consolidated gravity operated mountain rail indicted.
24 th Aug The Rambling House“Here was their paper, a living warp and weft spun of their own thoughts, fancies and doings. Now and again a biting turn of phrase, for in their nature was the old Gaelic satire… there was a love of discussion and argument that would take up a subject casually without belief and in a searching way develop it… Deferential to a stranger, they evoked in themselves a sympathetic mood, changing gears in conversation to suit his beliefs and half believing then through sympathy whilst he was present.” (Ernie O’Malley)
26th Aug Sligo's Forgotten Castle - DoonforeLeo Leydon explored Sligo's forgotten Doonfore Castle. Constructed by the O'Harte family and enhanced by Francis Gore, the first of the Gores to settle in North Sligo. Event included a visit to Robert Gore-Booth's '5 mile avenue', constructed to impress his second bride.