The annual Ballymote Heritage Weekend is taking place this weekend in Ballymote, Co. Sligo. The full details are on the website.
This includes the launch of their annual publication, The Corran Herald, which includes articles on the history, archaeology and traditions of County Sligo with special emphasis on south Sligo.
I have an article in this year's issue which deals with the meeting, and subsequent short correspondence, of two south Sligo men and the Irish-American activist, Joseph McGarrity, at the Teeling Monument, Collooney on Garland Sunday 30 July 1911 while McGarrity was on a motoring tour as part of his honeymoon.
Last year's issue of the Corran Herald can be read online and has an article of mine on another interesting south Sligo meeting, between an IRA commandant and the O/C of British troops in Sligo, which occurred in May 1921.
Some events from this year's weekend:
Saturday 2 August 2014: Lecture: The Fadden More Psalter by John Gillis, Senior Book and Manuscript Conservator, Trinity College, Dublin. Time: 8.30pm. Venue: Teagasc Centre, Ballymote. Cost: €10
Sunday 3 August 2014: Afternoon tea at Templehouse, Ballymote with Classical and Baroque Music.
Time : 3 pm. Cost: €12.50 (Accompanied children free)
Sunday 3 August 2014: Lecture: Sligo’s Hidden Bridges by Gary Salter, Conservation Engineer, Senior Executive Engineer, Sligo County Council. Time: 8.30pm. Venue: Teagasc Centre, Ballymote. Cost: €10
Monday 4 August 2014: Outing To Westport – guided walking tour of the historic town and guided tour of Westport House. Meeting point: Car Park at Catholic Church, Ballymote. Time : 9.00am
Monday 4 August 2014: Lecture: Family Names in the Place-names of Sligo by Dr Conchubhar O Crualaoich. Time: 8.30pm. Venue: Teagasc Centre, Ballymote. Cost: €10.