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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When the Sequah came to Sligo
Advertisement for Sequah's Oils and prarie Flower

When the Sequah came to Sligo

An advert for Sequah Remedies, the cure all. Source: The Graphic 11 July 1891 In 1891, a quack doctor arrived in Sligo with much fanfare. Sequah products were sold using…

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Cholera and the Cure

The cholera epidemic remembered one hundred years after the event, as written by a schoolboy James Reynolds from Knockminna National School near Ballymote in Sligo from the Duchas school folklore…

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