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Cockran’s Mall Sligo in the 19th Century

Art murals by the talented late Sligo artist Bernard McDonagh on the walls of the back bar in the Embassy/The Belfry on Kennedy Parade, Sligo.

McDonagh was influenced by the local history of the street, recreating scenes of Linenhall Street in the late 18 century and early 19th century.



Linenhall Street Sligo 19th century Bernard McDonagh Art

In the late 18th century, the street was known as Linen hall street. – Art murals by Sligo Artist Bernard McDonagh

Farmers in the nearby countryside growing flax which would be brought into town and spun into linen in the warehouse on Linenhall Street.


Corkrans Mall Sligo 19th Century Coachbuilders Bernard McDonagh Art
Coachbuilders on Cockran’s Mall with the Garavogue River and Calry Church in the background. – Art Murals by Bernard McDonagh

The Coachbuilders who worked in premises along the original Cockran’s Mall, mending carriage wheels.

Imperial Hotel Cockrans Mall Sligo Bernard McDonagh Art
A Coach outside the Imperial Hotel on Cochran’s Mall with Anderson’s Brewery across the Garavogue River and the tall houses on the Mall. – Art murals by Bernard McDonagh

Bianconi stagecoaches and later Walsh day cars arriving with guests on Cockran’s Mall staying at the Imperial Hotel in the 19th century.

McDonagh was influenced by images of life on Cockran’s Mall in the 19th century. This image below from the Lawrence collection depicts tourists departing on a Walsh day car. Walsh cars ran day trips to Ballina and Bundoran from Sligo.

Walsh day cars on Cochrans Mall Sligo
Tourists on a Walsh day car circa the 1860s – Source:  Lawrence Collection –


The Imperial Hotel with its distinct wooden porch.

Imperial Hotel Sligo NLI
View from Bridge Street looking up Thomas Street circa the 1880s – Source:  Lawrence Collection –




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