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
Due to unforeseen circumstances the SFC speaker for February's lecture, Lynda McCormack, is unable to present her talk, ‘The Arrangement of Space in the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition: Monuments in the West and East’. However, we are pleased to announce that our October speaker, Michael Farry, has very kindly agreed to give his lecture this month and we are indebted to him for his assistance in this respect.Lynda's talk has been deferred to October.
Sligo 1918: “The Young PeopleHave Triumphed Over Their Elders”The December 1918 election was a historic election, especially in Ireland where it resulted in the replacement of the Irish Parliamentary Party by Sinn Féin. It was the first contested parliamentary election in either of the two County Sligo parliamentary constituencies since 1895.How did the election campaign proceed in County Sligo, a county which had previously proved itself so loyal to Redmond’s Party? How were candidates chosen and campaigns conducted? Was intimidation a factor? What was the importance of the extension of the franchise to almost universal suffrage including votes for women? The four main players, the two outgoing Irish Party MPs and the two new Sinn Féin MPs are forgotten figures now. Why? Was the large Sligo Protestant minority which had actively campaigned against Home Rule in 1912-13 a factor?
Michael FarryMichael Farry was born in Coolaney, County Sligo late in the last millennium. He is a retired primary teacher living in Trim, Co. Meath. He writes history and poetry.He published Killoran and Coolaney: A Local History in 1985 and Sligo 1914-1921: A Chronicle of Conflict in 1992.He researched the civil war in Co. Sligo as a doctoral thesis in Trinity College, Dublin 1995-1999. This was published by UCD Press in 2000 as The Aftermath of Revolution - Sligo 1921-23.Four Courts Press published his Sligo: The Irish Revolution, 1912–23 in 2012 as the first volume of their series of county histories of the Irish Revolution.His chapter on the Sligo experience of the Irish Revolution is included in Cork University Press's monumental Atlas of the Irish Revolution, edited by John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil and Mike Murphy, published in 2017.His first poetry collection Asking for Directions was published by Doghouse Books in 2012 and his second, The Age of Glass, was published by Revival Press, Limerick, in 2017.