SFC 2018 Lectures & Events Programme Venue for all lectures : 8pm Sligo Institute of Technology Education Centre, IT Sligo CampusJan 26th Aidan O'HaraThe Remarkable ColumsFeb 9th AGMFeb 23rd Michael FarrySligo 1918: The Young People Have Triumphed Over Their EldersMar 23rd Anne ChambersFrom Westport to the West Indies - The Life of Howe Peter Browne 2nd Marquess of Sligo, 1788-1845 Apr 27th Fiona GallagherWilliam Bourke Cockran May 25th James O’NeillTyrone's Rebellion, the War in the West: Curlew Pass & BeyondJun 13th Martin TimoneyOuting : Creevylea Abbey Jul 11th Tamlyn McHughOuting : Sligo GaolAug 18-26th Heritage Week (Events TBA)Sep 28th Maeve Sikora Antiquities From Co. Sligo in the National MuseumOct 6-7th 2018 ConferenceUrban Development in 19th Century Sligo Oct 26th Lynda McCormackThe Arrangement of Space in the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition: Monuments in the West and East Nov 30th Cian HarteSligo World War Soldiers Who Played for Sligo RoversDec 14th Pat O’BrienFrom Selected to Elected Administration: From Grand Jury to Sligo County Council
From Ireland, England, France, Austria, Greece, Turkey and Italy to America and the West Indies, overflowing with historic events, from the French Revolution to the Great Irish Famine, with a cast of the famous and infamous, Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo, lived life to the absolute limits. Privileged yet compassionate, charismatic yet flawed, Regency Buck, Irish landlord, West Indian plantation owner, Knight of St Patrick, Privy Counsellor, intrepid traveller, intimate of kings, emperors and despots, favoured guest in the fashionable salons of London and Paris, patron of artists and pugilists, founder of the Irish Turf Club, friend and fellow traveller of Lord Byron, treasure-seeker, spy, sailor and jailbird, as well as the father of fifteen children, the astonishing range and diversity of Sligo’s life is breathtaking. From a youth of hedonistic self-indulgence in Regency England to a reforming, responsible, well-intentioned legislator and landlord, Sligo became enshrined in the history of Jamaica as ‘Emancipator of the Slaves’ and in Ireland as ‘The Poor Man’s Friend’ during the most difficult of times.
ANNE CHAMBERSAuthor of eight biographies, including Granuaile – Grace O’Malley – Ireland’s Pirate Queen, historical novel, a collection of short stories, film and TV screenplays.Anne’s books have been the subject of TV and Radio documentaries for Discovery, The Learning Channel, Travel Channel, ABC Australia, RTE, Lyric FM and BBC and have been translated and published in many countries.Her short film COMING HOME, a drama about breast cancer awareness, was broadcast on RTE.She was short-listed for the Irish Book Awards for her biographies Eleanor Countess of Desmond, 1545-1638 in 1987 and TK Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot in 2014 and for short stories in the 2004 Hennessey Literary Awards.Her new biography The Great Leviathan – The Life of Howe Peter Browne 2nd Marquess of Sligo (1788-1845) was published in November 2017She holds a MA in History from the National University of Ireland.