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
W. Bourke Cockran - ‘The Champion of Liberty’Irish by birth, Continental by Education, and American by ChoiceBourke Cockran… a man for all seasons… the Sligoman who made and unmade American Presidents with his oratory, inspiration and political thought. is the forgotten Irishman – and almost totally unknown in his native Sligo today. William Bourke Corkran, (later spelt Cockran) was born in Ballinacarrow, Co. Sligo in 1854, educated in Sligo and France before immigrating to New York as a young man in 1871. In his day he was one of the most famous and respected people on the international stage, and a leading figure in the political life of the US from the 1880s to the Era of Prohibition. He was a six-term Congressman to the US House of Representatives, a key player in the Democratic Party, a prominent lawyer during America’s ‘Gilded Age’, an internationally renowned statesman, and an influential advocate of Irish Home Rule during the Redmond era. Cockran’s contribution towards the development of the Irish Free State had its origins in his enduring belief in the type of ‘popular sovereignty’ conceived by Jefferson and Lincoln – a government by the people, and for the people. His love of liberty and justice for both his adopted country of America and the land of his birth, Ireland, helped to mould the world we live into day. Cockran’s name has passed out of the memory of his fellow Irishmen over the nine decades since his death in 1923. But in America his name is rather better known, and his papers in the New York public library are amongst them most consulted of all their collections. Cockran, despite his life-long love of, and work on behalf of Ireland, was ultimately an American. A bright, young, well-to-do immigrant, with a classical education, and family connections in New York, he rose rapidly through the American legal profession.Cockran set the bar for a new style of oratory and is still considered one of the most eloquent, persuasive and inspirational speakers to ever grace the floor of the US Congress. His inspirational style of oratory has been hugely influential over the last century, and this classically inspired style is still used to day.