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Bealtaine Festival 2015

The Way We Were

A special evening celebrating Sligo history and the men and women who came before us. You will learn of the incredible conditions and events that affected your ancestors' lives. In this time of centenary celebrations, let expert speakers lead you on a journey into Sligo’s past. Chat to representatives from Hazelwood Demesne, County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society and Letters of 1916 who will have a host of interesting items on display in our foyer from 6.30pm.

A fascinating evening with insights about our shared Sligo past.

Tickets include complementary tea or coffee.

Exhibitions from 6:30pm
Talks from 7:30pm

Guest Speakers: John McTernan, Oliver Fallon, Susan Schreibman

John C. McTernan
Retired Sligo County librarian John McTernan has devoted much of his time over the past two decades to researching and writing on various aspects of the history of County Sligo.In 2002 the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary degree of M.A. in recognition of his contribution to the building of a comprehensive local history collection in Sligo County library and to honour the quantity and value of his many publications.

Oliver Fallon
In June 2002 the New Connaught Rangers Association was set up in King House in Boyle, Co Roscommon by a number of individuals with a strong interest and family links to the old regiment. The objectives of the Association were to gather material and information on the regiment and preserve it for the generations to come. This material includes papers, diaries, publications, letters, photographs and other memorabilia associated with Connaught Rangers. The associations’ archivist Mr Oliver Fallon will give the talk on Sligo Men Of the Connaught Rangers in the Great War.

Susan Schreibman
Susan Schreibman is Professor of Digital Humanities and Director of An Foras Feasa, the Humanities Research Centre, at the National University of Ireland Maynooth.  She is the founding editor of Letters of 1916, the first public humanities project in Ireland. The goal of the project is to create ‘a year in the life’  of Ireland during this tumultuous time. It is doing this by collecting letters from both private and public sources from November 1915-October 1916 and making them publicly available online. The collection covers all aspects of life in Ireland, from the Easter Rising and the Great War, to letters about love, family, faith, and business. 

Members of the project team will be on hand to speak to you about the project, letters you might have at home, and how to get involved. If you have letters written between Nov 1915 and Oct 1916,  bring them to the Hawk’s Well between 6.30-7.30pm, and we will photograph them and return a digital copy of the image to you.  

Adrian Regan
Adrian Regan is Manager of County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Centre, which provides a comprehensive genealogical service to people tracing their County Sligo roots from all over the world. The Centre is part of a national network of genealogical centres in Ireland and is a member of the Irish Family History Foundation. Adrian and his colleagues will be on hand to answer your questions in the foyer from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

Image Courtesy of the National Library Of Ireland.