County Sligo – Choose a Topic

County Sligo – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Sligo’s past.   Vanishing Ireland (Sligo people)   Willie Davey (1940-2022) – The Ballymote Hellraiser Bernie Dwyer (1936-2014) – The Butcher of Ballymote Mick...
The Voice of Constance Markievicz

The Voice of Constance Markievicz

A huge hat’s off to Belinda Evangelista who tracked down two recordings that Constance Markievicz made in New York just before the Irish general election of 16 June 1922. “The Countess” had left government six months earlier, along with Éamon de Valera and others, in...
Rise & Fall of the Knights Templar – The Irish Experience

Rise & Fall of the Knights Templar – The Irish Experience

The Knights Templar have captivated people’s imagination ever since the Order was founded in 1119. One of the most powerful forces in Europe for almost 200 years, their initial purpose was to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land. In Ireland, they had manors and banking...
The Cistercian Order in Ireland

The Cistercian Order in Ireland

Between 1142 and 1270, the Cistercian Order built 38 abbeys in Ireland from which, at their peak, they owned almost half a million acres in Ireland, including 48,000 acres at their mother-house, Mellifont Abbey. Famed for their agricultural prowess, the Cistercians...