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The Way We Were: Sligo 1916

A special evening exploring a tumultuous time in Sligo history. Take a journey back in time to 1916 and learn what life was like for Sligo people living in the busy port town. This was a place of great joy and terror. The heady mix of imperialism, colonialism, decolonisation, the Irish Education system brewed a demand for change. Cramped housing conditions, poverty and religious divides were challenged, and acts of great cruelty and kindness were committed.

Chaired by Paul Keyes, this evening of social history will uncover how national and world events changed the lives of our forbearers as they were catapulted into war. We will be joined by expert speakers Dr John O'Callaghan, Leader of Historical and Heritage Studies of the Northwest and Historian Gary Burke, lecturer in Folklore and Heritage of the North West at St Angela’s College at St Angela’s College, Sligo.