As part of the Hawk's Well Culture Night celebrations, we made a journey back in time to 1916 with historian Dr. John O'Callaghan, and heard about what life was like for Sligo people living in the busy port town.
Culture Night, Sept 2015
Dr. O'Callaghan lectures in History and Heritage in St. Angela's College, Sligo. His most recent book was 'Con Colbert', a biography of the executed 1916 Rising rebel. His current research focuses on the commemoration of the revolutionary decade of 1913-23.
Attendees were also treated to a performance of a newly commissioned piece of music for string quartet by Niamh Crowley titled 'Revolutionary Strings'. This piece explored all that united the people of the Revolution: youth, radicalism, subversive activities, enthusiasm and love. They were determined to reconstruct the world and define themselves against the Ireland they had inherited. This work sought to reflect their hopes, their energy and the sad demise of their dream.
This evening ended with a discussion with Theatre Artist in Residence, Bob Kelly.