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Providing an insight into the lives of the men and women that came before us,'The Way We Were' was a fascinating evening providing insights into our shared Sligo past

Bealtaine Festival, May 2015

This was a fascinating evening featuring guest speakers John McTernan, Oliver Fallon, Susan Schreibman and Adrian Regan. Attendees met representatives from Hazelwood Demesne, County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society and Letters of 1916 who had a host of interesting items on display in the theatre foyer. Providing an insight into the lives of the men and women that came before us, we heard about the incredible conditions and events that affected our ancestors' lives.

About the Speakers 

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.

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. 

Image Courtesy of the National Library Of Ireland.