Halloween in Sligo in times past

 

 

It wasn’t all fun and games at Halloween in Sligo, you could lose an eye!

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In October 1909, Robert Coulter’s on Thomas Street in Sligo town was the place to shop for all your Halloweve treats, with Nuts, Apples, Grapes, Figs, Bananas and Cakes.

Robert Coulters shop Halloween Sligo Source: Sligo Champion 1909

In 1904 Sligonians could join the Sligo Musical Society and take part in their Samhain musical, described as a romantic Irish Cantata. It was written by Dr. Annie Patterson and won first prize at the Dublin Feis Ceoil in 1902.

Samhain Musical in Sligo 1904 Source: Sligo Champion 1904

Apples for Halloween

At the monthly meeting at the Sligo District Asylum on October 20th 1906, the management committee voted to award Mrs Fox the tender for Halloween apples.

Apples Sligo District Lunatic asylum 20 Oct 1906

Halloween merrymaking leads to assault

Kids today are in danger of losing an eye from fireworks at Halloween but back in 1893, Michael Leonard nearly lost an eye at Halloween for playing an old Irish custom of rapping on doors to warn of Halloween.

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