Monday 21 October 2019

Fourth volume of Sligo Field Club keeps history alive

The Fourth volume of the Sligo Field Club was launched some time ago by Harry Keaney of Ocean FM in the Liber Bookshop, O'Connell St. The event was well attended by authors of articles, members of Sligo Field Club and the general public.

This edition of the journal was jointly edited by Jim Foran and Martin A. Timoney. The journal includes a wealth of articles on local history, heritage, archaeology, folklore among other themes. The evening was opened by current president of Sligo Field Club, Martin Wilson, who was delighted to welcome all those attending. Following this, Jim Foran expressed thanks to the many contributors, to Martin A. Timoney for being joint editor with him and also paid tribute to his wife Maura. Jim also thanked Sligo County Council for their funding support.

Martin A. Timoney seconded the comments of Jim, and added that he was delighted with the progress of the journal. Completing the enormous task of releasing four volumes in four years, "70 articles, 41 authors and 593 pages", a feat not many local societies can acclaim. Martin welcomed authors, friends and paid particular note to Jude Gilgan and Maura Scanlon Bree for their attendance and help with researching information for Martin's article on the Land League House. He also thanked Jim for all his hard work with jointly editing the journal, in particular this edition as he had taken a lot of the pressure during a busy time. Martin thanked the two beleaguered wives, Maura Foran and Mary B. Timoney, for putting up with them during the editing process.

Harry Keaney of Ocean FM was the special speaker on the night. Harry discussed the field names of his family farm and how folklore and names are being lost in the newer generations.

He commended the Sligo Field Club for their efforts in keeping Sligo's history, archaeology and folklore alive, and especially through this volume of the journal. Harry's talk was inspirational and a fitting launch to Volume Four.

Volume Five is already at editing stage, so and Sligo Field Club look forward to that arriving prior to Christmas. They thanked both Jim Foran and Martin A. Timoney for their continuing great work and welcomed Fiona Doherty as assistant editor for Volume Five. The four volumes are available from Liber Bookshop, from any Sligo Field Club Committee Member or on their Sligo Field Club website which is available on

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