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Thursday 31 July 2014

A window to turbulent past

Published 17/06/2014|05:40

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William Beirne, chairman Connaught Rangers, at the exhibition opening.

AN extensive World War 1 exhibition opened in Sligo recently.

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It includes a book of condolences honouring the 548 Sligo people who died in the war.

Hugh Trayer, historian, said: "We thought that it would be nice for the people of Sligo today to send messages to the men who fought 100 years ago."

The exhibition, titled News from the Past, opened on Tuesday and includes an array of various memorabilia.

It is located in Sligo Museum and is running until September.

For the first time ever, the names of the 547 men and one woman who were fatally wounded have been published together.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Scott of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Royal Irish Rangers was the first person to sign the book of condolences.

The exhibition is packed with photographs, medals, uniforms, replica weapons and much more.

A new website www.newsfromthepast.ie was also launched.

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