18th century contract killers
18th century highway robbery

18th century contract killers

From the archives of 1728 comes the dark tale of Captain Parks of Sligo, who is described as a Gentleman of considerable Estate in the neighbourhood, who was condemned to…

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Melancholy Shipwreck
Shipwreck off a rocky coast by Abraham Hulk Senior (1846)

Melancholy Shipwreck

The Tory vessel on its return to Sligo from Liverpool in January 1856, struck rocks and sank with the loss of five lives. The owners of the vessel, both inhabitants…

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John Walsh and Edenhill House in Sligo
John Walsh's Royal Mail and Day Car service on Corcoran's Mall, Sligo.

John Walsh and Edenhill House in Sligo

Charles Bianconi revolutionised public transport in Ireland with the use of horses and carriages. He established a network of routes, which covered most of the country. John Walsh was apprenticed to…

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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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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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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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