Landed in Van Diemen’s Land
Hobart Town - Van Diemens Land

Landed in Van Diemen’s Land

Van Diemen’s Land was set up as a penal colony in 1803 by the British Empire. It is estimated that some 75,000 convicts were shipped there up until 1853 when…

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Trouble at the Fish Market in Sligo
Fish traders at the Fish market

Trouble at the Fish Market in Sligo

In the nineteenth-century, police constables were discouraged from interacting or becoming too friendly with their fellow citizens; least they might be unduly influenced, a professional distance was generally observed.In 1890,…

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Merchants of Sligo – Higgins & Keighron
Knox Street Sligo late nineteenth-century

Merchants of Sligo – Higgins & Keighron

Higgins & Keighron flagon - Source - B. Higgins Irish Antique Bottle Collectors Club Facebook group A whiskey flagon from Higgins & Keighron Ltd, Wholesale Merchants, Sligo. Higgins & Keighron…

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Irish Harvesters
Irish Cabin

Irish Harvesters

In nineteenth-century, it was the practice of many poor tenant labourers to go to England and Scotland each year for the purpose of harvest work. They arrived in large groups…

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Christmas in Sligo Gaol
Sligo Gaol

Christmas in Sligo Gaol

In 1919, Bridget O'Mullane, an official Organiser in Cumann na mBan was convicted and sentenced to two months' hard labour for giving a speech encouraging the social ostracism of the…

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Cabbages – A Halloween custom
Lady Jane Wilde recorded Samhain divination customs.

Cabbages – A Halloween custom

One Halloween night in 1879, several young boys sat huddled together in a field.They had lit a small fire to keep themselves warm from the October chill. Their duty that…

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Hill of bodies

In April 1964, two young men from Cork were working on the building of a new church in the seaside resort of Enniscrone, Sligo. On their day off, they went…

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