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"Countess Markievicz: The People's Countess": Constance Markievicz (nee Gore-Booth) was a daughter of Henry Gore-Booth the Anglo-Irish landlord of Lissadell House.
"Irish Neutrality: Sacred Cow or Pious Wish?": How Ireland and Castle Archdale played its part in the 'Battle of the Atlantic'. Was Ireland ever really a neutral country or was it, and is it still, a sham.
"St. Malachy: Patron Saint of Papal Prognosticators". St Malachy's prophecies, his predictions for future Popes and for the end of the world: "...the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people."
"The Cloonerco Bog Fight". Fr. Michael O'Flanagan was known as the "Patriot Priest". Read how this daring pastor led his people, turf spade in hand, to reclaim their ancient rights.
"Lissadell House, Coffin Ships, the Pomano and Sir Robert Gore-Booth" A story of famine and coffin ships in Sligo. Also, on the same page, "The Story of the Voyage of Patrick and Margaret Burns": "My sister Margaret and myself sailed from Sligo on the 27th May 1847 and after a very troublesome and turbulent voyage landed in Quebec...
"A FOMORIAN STRONGHOLD: DERNISH ISLAND IN SLIGO OR TORY ISLAND IN DONEGAL?" Balor of the Evil Eye was a Fomorian warrior in pre-history. Where did he live and how did he get his fearsome title?
"Bernardo O'Higgins: A Short Bio": Bernardo O'Higgins, the son of Ambrose O'Higgins, an Irishman born in Killmactranny parish in Co. Sligo, was the chief architect of Chile's independence.
A TALE OF ‘98: Just over two hundred years ago the light of freedom burned fiercely in every Irish heart. Carricknagat, Vinegar Hill, Castlebar, Collooney and Killala: these names are etched in history’s pages…
Gore-Booth, Lissadell, Palmerston, and the Sligo Famine Emigration Experience of the1840s: "In 1847, the first of Sir Robert Gore-Booths’s ships for that year, the Aeolus, left the port of Sligo with 500 of his tenants...
"Classiebawn and the Assassination of Lord Mountbatten at Mullaghmore: A Retrospective ": "Given the scale of the conflict a few miles down the road in Northern Ireland, it was almost inevitable that this grandson of Queen Victoria, uncle to Prince Philip, retired Admiral of the Fleet, one time Commander of Allied Forces in Southeast Asia, last Viceroy of India, First Sea Lord and Earl of Burma would be a prime target for some kind of political demonstration..."
Constance Markievicz (nee Gore-Booth) and the Easter Rising 1916: "We are going out to be slaughtered," Connolly said matter of factly to a friend as he marched his men from Liberty Hall." " It’s madness but a glorious madness and I am with you," the O’Rahilly had said to Constance, earlier in the day...
General Michael Corcoran and the Confederate Irish in America’s Civil War: " Scattered as they were among dozens of regiments, Irish units probably fought in every major Civil War battle. In one of the earlier fights--called Bull Run in the North and First Manassas in the South..."
Cliffoney, Davitt and the Land League: "Just recently I passed by one of the many building sites, at Cliffoney Co. Sligo, that have sprung up in recent times all over a brash new affluent Ireland... In Spring 1918 a party of local people, under the leadership of the local Sinn Fein committee, decided to take over a section of Lord Ashley’s land, known as ‘The Farm’, near Cliffoney village..."
Maeve de Markievicz, Daughter of Constance: ...The ‘blood sacrifice’ had begun and Madame Markievicz’s part in the fight is well known. But what of her only daughter Maeve? Did she have children? Are there living descendants of the ‘rebel countess’ today?..
Virginia: The men who built the railroads The word "fardowner” appeared in America at least as early as the 1830s, and referred to people from Ireland who came to obtain work on the new systems of canals and railways. The word seems to have been applied only to immigrant workers who were Catholic. Few of these émigrés were from Ulster...
Review: From a Clear Blue Sky, Nicholas Knatchbull: Timothy Knatchbull, survivor of the Mountbatten assassination at Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, has recorded and published for the 30th anniversary a personal account of the incident in a book titled From a Clear Blue Sky.
"Duty Free" A story about illegal poteen distillation and police raids on Inishmurray island, Co. Sligo
"Child of Prague": Learn how this little statue was, and still is, used to influence the weather. It was also an investment bank — but was it a success?
"The Other Atlantis" is all about the mystery of the disappearing island of Banc Grainne near Inishmurray island off the Northwest coast of Ireland. Does it still exist? Some say it does...
"Profile of an Irish Village", a story of conquest and evolution, the story of Mullaghmore is a microcosm of Irish villages everywhere: settlement, conquest, freedom and then the decline of small farming communities in the 20th century
"Dave Burke and the Culkin Emigration Museum of Dromore West": Dave Burke tells us the story of the part played by this little country shop when emigration was rife in Ireland.
An Irish Halloween: The way it was: "Not so long ago people believed that on Hallowe’en — the eve of the old Celtic festival of Samhain — the spirit world opened and became one with ours...
A SAMHAIN SACRIFICE: Martinmas, St. Martin and Blood Offering: "Blood was spattered everywhere. Bright red droplets smeared the whitewashed wall, dripped from the feathered head and formed small puddles in the muddy street..."
The Christmas Mummers: Taking their name from the 'Fairy Whirlwind' of Irish folklore the Sligo 'Sidhe Gaoithe' Mummers play is part of an unbroken living tradition.
The Turfcutters: Maureen Connolly looks out over the deserted peat bogs and remembers how it used to be.
Sleabhac: Manna from the Seashore: "Time is getting short for anyone wishing to gather winkles, báirneachs (limpets) and other tasty mollusks that you will find here. Traditionally they can be eaten only in a month with an ‘r’ in it. This is the time of year to pick carrageen, crannach and other delicacies too..."
A Visit to St. Patricks Well: "Far away from the razamataz and the ballyhoo, the leprechaun hats and the plastic shamrocks of the big city and town parades, there are still some who celebrate the feast of St. Patrick as it has always been done…"
Benada Abbey and its Unique Statue: "...Freddie who had been away for several days on one of his frequent trips to the Gentleman’s Club in Ardnagalass, Skreen, passed by the little oratory and saw a strange light shining all around Our Lady’s Statue. He was astonished to find he could not penetrate within the circle it made..."
Matchmaking: Fortune or Misfortune: "Where marriage is concerned there are always men who are too timid to pop the question. Like Patrick Kavanagh’s Tarry Flynn: he was afraid to put things to the test. It was better to live in doubt, which he reckoned was the same as hope, than to have all one’s doubts and fears proven well founded. In other words the finality of the soul-shattering cut of rejection!..."
Confusion: A short Story: Where babies come from. This tale is about the confusion that surrounded us as children growing up in an innocent long-ago Ireland...
The Spanish Armada in Sligo; A Plan to conquer England: Throughout 1587 and early 1588, rumours that Philip of Spain was assembling a massive fleet to conquer England were spreading like wildfire.
Women in business -- Do potatoes grow on trees? -- Child sex abuse -- Demolition of Ballisodare flour mill -- Fire of 1856 at the mill -- Dentists for donkeys -- Organic gardening: is it new, or just re-discovered information -- Sligo ladies hire toyboys -- Poteen making in modern times — the Riabhóg Days: March borrows 3 days from April — Constance Markievicz and Easter Week — St. Patrick in Sligo — Children's graveyards and more...
'Another fine mess...: Gardai corruption — Yeats felled by passing chariot — The Columbia 3 — Sex abuse priest, Fr. Patrick Colleary — A Lughnasa trip to St. Farannan's Well — More Garda corruption: John Nicholson — Westlife baby — The Land to a Landlord — Obituary for islandman Dr. Patrick Heraughty — Spike Milligans Sligo connections — Bonefire night: Summer Solstice celebrations — Lissadell House: New owners block rights of way — Sponsored walks: Charity or self indulgence — What is a 'Bank Holiday' anyway?
Newsround(3) 31/8/'05 to 9/11/'05
Men under attack; is it time for chastity/safety belts? — Great excitement about Westlife’s latest release: “You Raise Me Up” — A 20th century Thoreau: this Sligoman turned down 3 million for a life of peace in the woods — "They [The nationalist community in Northern Ireland ] were treated like the Nazis treated the Jews.": Fr. Alec Reid. Should he apologise for saying it? — The widow of Garda John Keogh at the Morris Tribunal. Also: Supt. Kevin Ginty refuses to comment on assault case — You've heard of the Celtic Tiger. Now read about the pride of the litter: the 'Sligo Tiger' — the Morris Tribunal again: John Nicholson, John White and Frank McBrearty — A musical tribute to Michael Coleman the world famous Sligo fiddler — Sligo supports Mayo’s Rossport 5 — 'Cute hoors', nude Emperors, and an alternative view of the grand opening of " Sligo's Inner Relief Road "! — Does Sligo have enough energy reserves beneath our feet to make us independent of the oil producing nations?
Newsround(4) Wed. November 16 2005 to Wed. February 1 2006
Tinkers, Itinerants and Travellers — Pernik, Kukeri and Mummers — Summerhill College, some famous past pupils — Yeats Treasures in New Exhibition — The Sligo Drug Market — Sligoman Sean Taheny: a veteran of the Korean War — Back to the future! Sligo cops get bikes — Mountbatten offers Classiebawn to Irish State — Winter Solstice Wed. Dec. 21 2005; Christmas the season of 'Peace on earth, goodwill to men’. Has it worked out that way? — Work Begins on New 15-storey Hotel — Sligo group attend unveiling of Markievicz plaque in Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital — Canadian naval delegation visit Sligo — Fergie visits Sligo — Sue Paling’s donkey sanctuary — Sale of Jack Yeats paintings.
Newsround (5) Wed. Feb. 8 th 2006 to Wed April 19 th 2006
The Return of W.B. Yeats — The War in Iraq — Mayhem on Irish Roads — A tsunamai on Ireland’s West coast? — Priests and Sex Abuse in Sligo — The Easter Rebellion — Caticide at Gurteen! — The Best of Times and the Worst of Times in Sligo — Sligo woman caught in Loyalist 'Love Ulster' Parade — 'The Last Hangman’ puts his cards on the table — St. Patrick’s Day Exodus: Ireland’s politicians flee the country! — Sligo Harbour changes hands & History of Sligo Port — St. Patrick's Day in Sligo — McDowell: Ministers and Menopause — 'Iron Mike' visits Sligo — Immigrants and lambs: counting the changes in Sligo — Markievicz and Sligo memorabilia for sale — Constance Markievicz, Easter Rising and the Easter lily — Easter 1916 Celebration in Sligo: Repression lingers — New respectability for Easter 1916 commemoration — 'Secret Police' and Gulags.
Newsround (6) April 26th 2006 to August 16th 2006
Monument to Unbaptised Children Unveiled: Classiebawn: A heartless old man — General Michael Corcoran and Mayor Bloomberg — "Soldiers are wee..."! — Spare us the Toytown Mayors — Irish Mummers and Sardinian Mamuthone — In Co. Clare: The Willie Clancy Summer School — In Northern Ireland: Ian, King Billy and the Lost Tribe — Ambassador Jean Kennedy-Smith visits Sligo's Inishmurray Island — Loch na Súil and the Battle of Moyturra — 'Lunatic Soup' in Sligo — Gurteen Memorial Honours Michael Davitt — Funny but true: Respect and Crime in Sligo Court — Sinead O'Connor in concert in Sligo — Canon Ahearn cleared of charges — Harley Davidsons at Strauss Ball — Demise of the family butcher shop — Whale calf dies — Crime, standards and sexual assault — Strawboys and Celebration of Sligo-Crozon twinning — Children's graveyard memorial almost ready — May Customs in Sligo and Ireland — Hazelwood House Sold — Swanning about!
Newsround (7) August 23rd to November 22nd 2006
Mayor Bloomberg unveils Corcoran Memorial at Ballymote — "ex garda John Nicholson named dead colleague to cover his own involvement — Enniscrone Sisters bring case to European Court — Big Ben, Mullaghmore and the Donkey Derby — Hugh Tunney and Classiebawn development — Sperm Whale Beached on Inishmurray — Former British Sergeant Major arrested in Sligo — The Drunk and Minister McDowell — Equinox at Loughcrew — Sperm Whale lower jaw recovered — Sex shop boss gives students free condoms — Serving garda admits stealing groceries — Bonjour: Canadian town wishes to twin with Sligo community — Thoughts on an Irish Halloween — Maam Cross Fair Day — Tribunal refuses costs to Nicholson — Thieves pull the plug on Sligo — The Big Wave and Surfing in Sligo — A Traditional Christmas in Ireland
Newsround (8) December 13th 2006 to March 30th 2007
Sexy dancing in Leitrim - Ireland, she is a-changing - St. Patrick’s Day on Achill Island, Co. Mayo - Farmers and water charges - St. Patrick's Day Exodus - €250,000 taken in bank ATMs scam - Sligo is Ireland's seventh wealthiest county - DNA testing and fatherhood or ' Whatever happened to "'Holy Ireland"'? - Sligo Band 'Dervish' to represent Ireland in the Eurovision - Immigrants and Crime - New Venture: Transatlantic flights from Knock Airport, Co. Mayo - Festival of Brigid - Sotheby's sale of stolen Yeats stopped - Garda James Lavelle dismissed for theft - Fairies blamed for fallen electricity poles - A dog named Sligo joins the internet generation… - Vandalism at Knocknarea - "The Bull McSharry" and the Hillwalkers - Death of Michael Yeats - So who's winning the 'war on terrorism'? - Sligo town planning for a population of 40,000 - First salmon of the year on River Drowse - One Irishman's Christmas - Landslide at Ballintrillick - Téada 'Irish Christmas in America' Tour.
Newsround (9) Thursday April 5th 2007 to Wed. June 27th 2007
Newsround (10) July 5th to October 5th 2007
Inishmurray Season Over - Late Haymaking in Sligo - Ploughing with Asses - Judge Mary Devins and the 'Shell to Sea' Protesters - Riverdance Star, Michael Flatley, Visits Sligo Land of his Ancestors - Flight of the Earls and Aftermath - Translation of “Anocht is Uaigneach Éire” by Aindrias mac Marcuis - Inishmurray Stones - Markievicz House Renovation - New trains for Sligo line soon - Sligo: "Summer's gone and Winter's in the meadow..." - Inishmurray Island Row rumbles on - Desecration of Inishmurray Island - Sligo, Gaspe, Quebec and the Carrick of Whitehaven -Tom Ward hacked to death outside Sligo home - Naturally occurring roadside flora at Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo - "Bertiegate" continues - The Seanad and Mary O'Rourke: a handy place to vegetate - Garland Sunday in Sligo - Ten percent of Sligo population is non-Irish - Immigrant crime - Mullaghmore Residents oppose new housing development - Death of Joan O'Hara - North Sligo’s water ‘worse than in Africa’ - An Orange March at Rosnowlagh, Co. Donegal - The Wages of Sin is Death - Living in Ireland but never Irish - John Ellis: Laughing all the way to the bank
Newsround (12) New Years Day 2008 to Saturday May 18th 2008
Plight of the Palestinians — Sligo’s Cancer Care Debate intensifies — Jimmy Devins playing to the gallery — Bishop Jones: Removal of services a ‘grave injustice’ — 'Centres of Excellence' — Remembering Padraig Pearse and the men and women who took part in the Easter Rising April 1916 — A Fireside Story of how St. Patrick Banished the last Serpent — January 31st 2008,Cancer Care battle continues — Ban on Brazilian beef — Westlife's Shane Filan in trouble — A pig's squeal — And Politicians! [Bertie Ahearn] — "I can't recall if I did say, but I did not say..." — Robbie Burns Day; 'Would that God the giftie gie us, to see oorsels as others see us' — Farmers refuse to pay 'exorbitant' water charges — The sky's the limit in Sligo with advent of new wedding freedoms — Westlife's Kian Egan to marry — 'Money for Jam' — Recession bites in Sligo — Irish team conquer South Pole! — David Lynch shot dead — Sligo: the dirtiest town — The Worm Turns!: ‘There is not a man who is not being bossed by his wife.' — Celebrating an Irish Christmas now — Celebrating an Irish Christmas then — The Christmas Candle — Christmas Candle no more — Sligo Garda 'pulverises' ex-girlfriend — Barks worse than Bites?
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