Local Sligo History Books

A variety of local History books relating to County Sligo.

A Yank in the Old Country – My adventure in Ireland

“A Yank in the Old Country” tells the story of John Killoran, the son of Irish Emigrants, who left his New York home in the 1940’s, aged 11, to go and live in a thatched cottage in Ireland with his Sligo Grandmother and Aunt for two years.

At the time, John and his brother Hubert were the youngest children to fly across the Atlantic Ocean unescorted.

This is the story of their unique adventure in a country far different from the New York they left behind.

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Author: John T. Killoran
Pages : 124
Published: 2010
Language: English
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Around The Borough:stories and photographs of Old Sligo

Included in this one hundred and fifty page book with over forty stories and hundreds of photographs is much of the social history of Sligo families; their lives, occupations and incidents that make for the fabric of the community both glad and sad.
In addition I have taken the twelve most common names over the last two hundred years: Kelly, Gallagher, Scanlon, Mc Loughlin, McGowan, Brennan, McDonagh, Conlon, Harte, Henry, Cawley, Callaghan and the lesser in number prominent families such as O’Connor, Higgins, Walsh, O’Hara, Mc Carrick, Brown, Burrows, Rooney, Cox, Smith and Hutson.
The histories of these families are recorded in detail and the important part they played in the life of the town.

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County Sligo in 1837 ( Sale Item )

This volume is a compilation of the extracts pertaining to County Sligo from “A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland” by Samuel Lewis, which was published in 1837.  It contains detailed descriptions of the Towns, Villages, and Parishes of County Sligo in 1837 and is regarded as the most comprehensive description of the county in pre Famine times.

The book contains statistics from the 1831 census as well as detailed information on antiquities and history, agriculture and industry, public building, churches and schools in addition to the seats of the nobility.

In addition to the text, copies of a number of very rare prints and drawings have been included, along with a list of the names of the 126 County subscribers – one hundred and twenty six of whom relate to County Sligo – have been extracted and reprinted.

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Paperback: 83 pages

Publisher: County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society 2003.

Language: English


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Greatest Irish Americans of the 20th Century ( Sale Item )

This volume offers a celebration of the Greatest Irish Americans of the 20th century, as chosen by the editors of Irish America Magazine. It profiles the personalities that have shaped and influenced American life and culture, and touched the lives of millions of Americans.

The book profiles many of the leading lights of the Irish American community of the 20th century, and also features essays from modern leading writers including Jimmy Breslin, Thomas Fleming, William Kennedy, Joseph McBride, Peter Quinn, Pete Hamill, and Frank McCourt.

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Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Oak Tree Press (Ireland); First edition (February 2001)
Language: English


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Inishmurray : Island Voices ( One copy in Stock )

Here, Joe Mc Gowan sets down the life and times of the men and women of Inishmurray, Co. Sligo , who left their island home in 1948. .  Inishmurray’s presence looms large beyond his native fields and in the tales told him by the last of the island residents.

This is the perfect companion for an understanding of the island’s early Christian monuments, rivalled only by those on Sceilg Michael. .  This book is a familiar ramble through a cherished place bringing life to an ancient monastery and a disappearing era.  Here we learn of holy men and marauding Danes; vengeful statues and disappearing islands; Cursing Stones and Mystic Fires; of cures customs, poteen and peelers.

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Author: Joe McGowan
Pages : 200 pages plus 16 page full colour section
Publisher: Aeolus Publications.
Language: English


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Sligo : The Light of Bygone Days

Volume II – Sligo Families

This second volume of a two volume set entitled “Sligo Families”, chronicles the fortunes of over sixty families and is extensively illustrated with hithertofore unpublished portraits.

The families featured include a number of well known landed families whose members, over succeeding generations, played a pivotal role in the affairs of the county.

A number of lesser known families, who have either died out or whose descendants have moved elsewhere, are also featured as are a good mix of other families whose members achieved prominence in different fields of human endeavour at home and abroad over the centuries as churchmen, diplomats, legal luminaries, merchant princes, medics and soldiers of fortune.

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Author: John C. McTernan
Hardback: 408 pages
Publisher: Avena Publications 2009.
Language: English


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Sligo : The Light of Bygone Days ( sold out )

Volume 1 : Houses of Sligo & Associated Families

This first volume of a two volume set, contains information on over two hundred County Sligo houses, large and medium sized, dating from the last 17th century to 1900, a number of which have been demolished or are presently lying vacant.

The selection is based on a combination of architectural merits and historical associations, high-lighting the principal families who owned or occupied them down to the present day.  There is also an historical sketch of house building in the county for the period covered together with detailed listings of the principal houses at different periods.

Identifying the various families associated with the individual houses should prove a valuable source of reference for both genealogists and local historians.

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Author: John C. McTernan
Hardback: 501 pages
Publisher: Avena Publications 2009.
Language: English


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