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The Way We Were

Our ever popular event celebrating Sligo history returns! Providing an insight into the lives of the men and women that came before us, The Way We Were is a fascinating evening providing insights into our shared Sligo past. Let the variety and breadth of speakers transport you back in time! There will also be an opportunity to talk about tracing your family history with County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre before the talks.  

Tickets include complimentary tea or coffee. 

The Flying Fortress

In 1943 World War II crashed into the lives of families in Ballintrillick & Cliffony when U.S. war plane struck the mountain. Dr. Evelyn Connolly and local families rushed to help in adverse December conditions on treacherous accents. Ian Mitchinson, internationally awarded travel & adventure photographer and regional tour guide tells us of the heroic efforts to rescue the survivors of the Flying Fortress.

From Sligo to the ‘Richest Hill on Earth’, Butte, Montana

Ireland's 5th Province – that’s what the frontier mining town of Butte, Montana, U.S.A. was called in the late 19th century. Labourers from across Ireland endured great hardship to work in the mining city and by 1900 a quarter of the town’s residents were Irish. Such was its importance it was visited by Douglas Hyde, Fr. Flanagan, Éamon de Valera and, more recently, in 2006, President McAleese. In this talk Dr. Katie Ni Loingsigh reveals the little-known stories of Sligo men who made the journey to the wild west.

Dr. Katie Ní Loingsigh is an Irish-language lecturer in St. Angela’s College, Sligo. Her research interests include the Irish language, the Gaelic Revival and Irish-language literature. Katie completed her PhD and postdoctoral research in Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, DCU before moving to Sligo in 2018. She spent a year studying in the University of Montana and her interest in the Irish emigrant experience in Montana stems from her time spent in the "Treasure State".

Eva Gore-Booth

The daughter of Anglo-Irish landowners, Eva Gore-Booth was an Irish poet & dramatist, suffragist, social worker and labour activist. In 1896 Eva called her first women’s suffrage meeting in the local hall, Drumcliffe, Sligo. Eva’s work led her to the slums of Manchester; sparring with Winston Churchill causing him to lose his M.P. seat.

Actress Sinead Sexton shares how Eva’s formative years in Lissadell propelled her to become a prolific writer whose writings concern; the Celtic revival, political issues of the day, the fight for equal rights for women, social change, sexual liberation and theosophy.

Influenza, war and revolution in Ireland 1918-1919

The Spanish Flu Pandemic killed over 50 million people worldwide between 1918 and 1919. The virus came to Ireland at a tumultuous time. Weakened from the Great War and in the midst of political agitation the virus struck indiscriminately. It was responsible for more deaths than the Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War combined. Sligo was not immune to the deadly pandemic. In this talk by Dr Ida Milne we will explore it’s long reaching impact on Irish society.

Dr Ida Milne; Carlow College, principle research areas lie in the social history of infectious disease, particularly in the 1918-19 influenza pandemic and in infectious diseases of childhood. She is particularly interested in the short and long term impact of these diseases on people’s lives, and how damage from disease can influence life outcomes; she finds oral history is a useful way to access the intimate human experience of disease, and uses this in tandem with statistics and other written sources to write a holistic history. 

She was awarded the prestigious Irish Research Council Marie Sklowodska Curie Actions Elevate fellowship in 2014-18, for a project exploring the impact of infectious diseases of childhood on Irish society over the course of the 20th century.

Milne is vice-chair of the Oral History Network of Ireland, and a committee member of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Ireland Network. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy historical sciences committee, and represents the Academy on two international bodies for the history of science, the DUPST, and the IUHPST.  She is co-chair of the European Social Science Conference health and environment strand. She serves on the 2018-2021 International Committee of the Oral History Association (US).

Milne is author of Stacking the Coffins, Influenza, war and revolution in Ireland 1918-1919 (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2018).

Photo credit: Jim Eccles.