Steeped in Sligo’s Past,      Actively Securing Sligo’s Future
Archaeology, History, Natural History and Heritage Established 1945
Student/Unwaged Membership €20 Single Membership  €30 Family Membership €40
The     Sligo     Field     Club     (SFC)     is     a     voluntary organisation.   Its   objectives   of   the   SFC   are   to   promote interest   in      the   environment,   both   natural   and   man-made, through      lectures,   guided   field   trips   and         other   methods considered      appropriate.   The   general   areas   of   interest   of the   SFC   are      Archaeology,   History,      Natural      History   and the   quality   of   the      environment.     The   Club   aims   to   interest the     general     public     in     its     objectives     and     welcomes Members   from   all   walks   of   life,   family   membership   being particularly encouraged. SFC   achieves   these   objectives   by   means   of   lectures, guided    field    trips    and    any    other    method    considered appropriate.    An    annual    programme    of    eight    monthly lectures    on    relevant    topics    by    national    authorities    is provided,   together   with   a   selection   of   evening,   afternoon and full day field outings.  We   hold   an   annual   programme   of   nine      monthly lectures     on     relevant     topics     by     national     authorities, together   with   a   selection   of   evening,   afternoon   and   full day    field    outings.    During    National    Heritage    Week    the SFC   provides   several   lectures   and   outings.   All   of   these events    are    free    of    charge    to    members    and    visitors. Since    2009    the    SFC    has    organised    an    annual weekend   themed   conference   entitled   Celebrating   Sligo   the themes    being    specific    to    Sligo;    e.g.    400    Years    of    the Borough   to   celebrate   the   Charter   of   the   Borough   of   Sligo or   A    Celebration    of    Sligo    Families    in    the   Year    of    the Gathering.   This   year,   2017   our   conference   is   on   the   ‘Rise and Fall of Landed Estates in the Northwest’. All      Sligo Field    Club    monthly    lectures    take    place    in        the    Sligo Education      Centre,   IT   Sligo   campus   unless      otherwise notified.   Details   of   lectures   are   usually      announced   in   the Sligo   Champion   and Weekender.        All   the   latest   SFC   news and updates can be found on our website and Facebook.
The SFC annually holds a programme of nine monthly lectures on relevant topics by national authorities. A selection of evening, afternoon and full day field outings. Aan annual conference. Organize special events As as well as participating in many events arranged by other groups and organizations
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SFC 2018 Lectures & Events Programme              Venue for all lectures :    8pm Sligo Institute of Technology Education Centre, IT Sligo Campus Jan 26th   Aidan O'Hara The Remarkable Colums Feb 9th AGM Feb 23rd Michael Farry Sligo 1918: The Young People Have Triumphed Over Their Elders Mar 23rd  Anne Chambers From Westport to the West Indies - The Life of Howe Peter Browne  2nd Marquess of Sligo, 1788-1845                                                      Apr 27th Fiona Gallagher William Bourke Cockran                                                               May 25th Daniel Curley Rathcroghan – 5,500 Years of Continuity on the Limestone Plateau of mid-Co. Roscommon Jun 13th Martin Timoney Outing : Creevylea Abbey    Jul 11th Tamlyn McHugh Outing : Sligo Gaol - ( Please see special events page for outing news ) Aug 18-26th Heritage Week (Events TBA) Sep 28th Maeve Sikora Antiquities From Co. Sligo in the National Museum Oct 6-7th 2018 Conference Urban Development in 19th Century Sligo                                                                                                                                                                                        Oct 26th Lynda McCormack The Arrangement of Space in the Irish Passage Tomb Tradition: Monuments in the West and East                                                                                                          Nov 30th Cian Harte Sligo World War Soldiers Who Played for Sligo Rovers                                                                                                                Dec 14th Pat O’Brien From Selected to Elected Administration: From Grand Jury to Sligo  County Council
Federation of Local History Societies  NEWS PAGE
Martin Wilson (President)    Aidan Mannion (Vice President) 
Paul J Allen (Hon Sec)  Larry Mulllin (Hon. Tres.)
 Oral History Society After an event packed Spring we are looking forward to our Summer programme with a new 'Ethics and Oral History Workshop' and our joint conference with the Oral History Society. 1. Ethics and Oral History Training Course, 25th May, Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 Booking is now open for our latest training course 'Ethics and Oral History'. This one day workshop is designed as a follow-on from our introductory workshop and focuses specifically on the ethics and legalities of conducting oral histories The day follows the course of the oral history process from the initial planning stages, through the actual interview encounter to the processing and end products of the interviews, examining the unique challenges and considerations at each stage. The final section of the workshop will offer practical tips and guidelines for those who are working towards Research Ethics Board approval for oral history projects. Attendees will develop and leave with an informed consent form for their own project. Booking is available through our website: This is currently open for members only (at a reduced rate) until Wednesday next 16th May 2018 Any remaining spaces will be made available to non-members thereafter. If you have any queries please do get in touch. 2. Registration Deadline Approaching: Dangerous Oral Histories: Risks, Responsibilities and Rewards, Queens's University Belfast, 28th - 29th June By way of reminder booking is open for our 2018 Annual Conference in conjunction this year with the Oral History Society. Booking is available at a reduced rate for OHNI members, but please note registration closes on Thursday 31st May 2018. Conference bursary deadline approaching: Thanks to the support of Queen’s University Belfast School of Law and School of History we are pleased to be able to offer four bursaries for the conference. Each bursary covers the cost of the conference fee and the conference dinner and two will also include overnight accommodation on campus. Two bursaries will be for post-graduate students and two bursaries for those attending from community groups, and priority will be given to those presenting papers. To be considered for a bursary please email with an outline of your case for support (in no more than 300 words) by Friday 11th May 2018. The preliminary programme including details of our three pleanary speakers: Rama Lakshmi; Anna Bryson; and Erin Jessee, and our after dinner speaker, Phil Scraton, are available to download now. The full programme will be available in the coming weeks. For more information and to book please visit: A limited number of rooms have been reserved for conference delegates at the University Accommodation at Elms Village. Early booking is recommended through: 3. AGM of OHNI, Queen's University Belfast, 28th June 2018 As usual we will host our OHNI AGM during the annual conference. This year's AGM will take place on Day One (Thursday 28th June) at 17.45. We will circulate official notice of the AGM to members in advance, however if you are not yet a member but would like to get actively involved (and be kept informed of plans for our 2018 AGM) we would love to hear from you. We are always looking for active new members and have a range of opportunities available.  4. Regional Networking Event: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Friday 31st August The next of our free regional networking events will take place in Limerick at the end of August. This year our free events are open to both members and non-members. These events are designed for anyone who is interested in oral history to meet in an informal setting and get to know other people in the region involved in oral history. They are also an opportunity to learn about the work of OHNI and decide if you would like to be involved In keeping with our aim of providing a space for members to network, discuss ideas, talk about past or current projects, and share advice, the second part of these events will be dedicated to members-only. Anybody who becomes a member on the day is welcome to stay and participate in this. Registration for this event will be available via our website from mid-July. Our final two events thereafter will be held in: Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co Wexford – Saturday 29 September, Central Library, Letterkenny, Co Donegal – Saturday 29 September 5. Important Note re: your data In light of the upcoming implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation we would like to take this opportunity to inform you how OHNI uses and stores your data. We maintain a list of email addresses of people who have contacted us, participated at one of our events, work in the Heritage sector, or who are now or were in the past members of OHNI. We keep this list solely for the purposes of sending you details of upcoming events or opportunities of interest to those engaged with oral history. We do not use this information for any other purpose and we will never share your data with third parties. If you have any questions about this or our storage of your data, please simply email us: If at any point you would like to be removed from this list please also just let us know via the above email. As always if you have suggestions for improvements, other event types, other things you would like us to offer for our members we would love to hear from you via or through our social media pages. Best wishes, Cork Heritage Update Bealtine Fancydress - Coole To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival for creativity in older age Coole Park is hosting an intergenerational Fancy Dress event. The Fancy Dress theme is based on the wonderful relationship between Lady Gregory and her two granddaughters Ann and Catherine, who was nicknamed Nu by her sister. You are cordially  invited to participate in this Fancy Dress Competition – ‘Me & Nu & Grandma too’. Everyone is welcome to dress up as Ann or Nu or Grandma or even better, all three. As well as the Fancy Dress there will be a guided walk with story-telling from Ann Gregory’s book ‘Me & Nu’. Come to the Visitor Centre in Coole Park for 3pm this coming Sunday 13th May to join in this FREE fun event. Bring your Granny! No booking is required and the event will last an hour to an hour and a half. Dogs are not permitted for the comfort of others, except guide dogs. The Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Admission is free and last admission is 4.45pm. The park gates are open from 8pm to 7.30pm. The multimedia exhibition of Coole Park through the eyes of ‘Me and Nu’, the granddaughters of Lady Gregory as well as the 30 minute audio visual ‘Lady Gregory of Coole’ are available free of charge. Last showing of the AV is at 4pm. Learn about this extraordinary woman who was ahead of her time in so many ways. Take a walk in the park and discover the magic that drew W.B. Yeats to Coole for over twenty summers. The tearooms are unfortunately closed for the time being. Enquiries: 091 631804 100 Event Ideas for Heritage Week aab466bc0964/100_Event_Ideas_for_Heritage_Week_2018.pdf Dusk Chorus Burren in Bloom Farmers, naturalists, artists, writers and more come together to celebrate the Burren in Bloom. The annual arrival of the Burren’s world famous wildflowers is truly spectacular - the Burrenbeo Trust’s Burren in Bloom festival is a celebration of this, opening the magic of this landscape to all. Next week is the annual Burren in Bloom Festival; running from 18th May to the 20th May, Burren in Bloom 2018 will focus on the strong link that the unique farming traditions of the Burren have with the abundant biodiversity of this region. Each year, farmers in the Burren send their cattle up into the high Burren to their ‘winterage’, in doing so they are grazing back the previous season’s growth, the dominant herbs and grasses and continuously fertilizing the land throughout the dormant season.  All of this has a key and unique ecological output – a floral orchestra that makes the Burren world famous. In order to celebrate this, Burren in Bloom is a learning festival which will feature a wide variety of events including walks, talks and demonstrations from local farmers, ecologists and more. Organised by the Burrenbeo Trust the events are sure to enhance your appreciation of the unique and beautiful Burren landscape. ‘The Burren is truly incredible at this time of the year, with a fascinating and beautiful carpet of wild flowers that is second to none. In addition to this unmissable display the fascinating story of the region and its heritage is really worth learning about.  Burren in Bloom is a celebration of all this, with a great range of events that mean people can learn about and experience this for themselves’ explains Áine Bird, Burren in Bloom coordinator. With events on topics ranging from meadow blooms to edible plants, conservation to art, rock pools to pollinators there is plenty to attract a wide range of people that wish to know more about this intriguing phenomenon. Some key figures involved are ecologist Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, writer and campaigner Padraic Fogarty, as well as events led by local farmers and many more. The Burren in Bloom Festival is coordinated by the Burrenbeo Trust a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them. Monies raised during the event support their work with the local community. For further information, interviews or images please contact Áine Bird, Burrenbeo Trust,  091 638096. One Minute Film making One Minute Film Festival at Galway Film Fleadh Galway City of Film in partnership with Galway Film Centre and the Galway Film Fleadh are delighted to announce that the One Minute Film Festival is back for this year’s Fleadh! Galway City of Film are inviting Filmmakers / Film Enthusiasts to make a one-minute HD film, based on any subject or any story. The best 30 x 1 minute films will be selected by a panel of judges and they will be screened at a special public event at the Galway Film Fleadh. This year, there are cash prizes of up to €250 for the best 3 films. The winning films will be available to watch on the websites of all organisations involved following the Festival and this is an opportunity to have your work screened to an audience at an international festival. Entry to this competition is free and all genres are welcome including documentary, live action, art-house and animation! Last year’s One Minute Film Festival included films from around the world, with 2 sold out screenings. The winner was the fantastic TEMPO by Arjan Brentjes, second place went to Tina Glynn for her film NANNA’S HOUSE and joint third place prize went to Graham Cantwell for PARFUM and Fergal Costello for TIME & SPACE, see details here. Deadline for Entry: 4pm (GMT) Tuesday 5th June 2018 How to Enter: • Send a private Vimeo/Youtube link of your film along with the password to • Please note: Do not initially send film files. Once the 30 films are selected to be screened we will then request a copy of your film (specifications: .mov/.mp4, H264, Apple Pro Res – 25fps) along with still images. Guidelines: • One film per entrant. • Have copyright/permission for the music used. • Entries must have been made since July 2017. • Duration limit is 70 seconds including credits. Longer than this will not be considered. For any further info: email or go to #GalwayCityofFilm One Minute Film Festival, Galway UNESCO City of Film, c/o Galway Film Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Wellpark road, Galway City, H91 WP9K  E:  T: 091 770 748 Film Making Course Introduction to Filmmaking’ course The Heritage Office at Galway County Council is now accepting applications for participation in an ‘Introduction to Filmmaking’ course for heritage groups in County Galway. The course will run in September 2018. Please note that there are limited places on this course. See details attached.
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