SLIGO'S ARCHAEOLOGY

Hello everyone! Did you know that Sligo the richest areas in Europe for megalithic Stone Age sites? Some data points to evidence of social activity in Sligo for 10,000 years – as far back as 8,000 B.C!

During the last century, archaeologists from different countries came to study Carrowmore near Knocknarea.  This area has over 60 tombs and there is also a small exhibition centre. As Sligo´s most important site it represents the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Europe. Carrowmore is one of dozens of megalithic archaeological sites in Sligo. In 1939 a group of archaeologists began to explore the area of Creevykeel. There they found a Court Cairn contending a large gallery and three subsidiary chambers.

After visiting Carrowmore, the spectacular sight of Maeve’s Cairn atop Knocknarea is without doubt the place that you cannot miss! According to legend, this cairn is said to be the burial place of Queen of Connacht. It is considered bad luck to take a stone from the cairn but, if you bring a stone with you and add to the cairn… you will have good luck!

Read more about this remarkable period in history in “Discover Sligo Magazine”. Order your copy.

WHAT'S NEW?

BISTRO BIANCONI: "Today is going to be a great night. Book now for a table: Table QUIZ!"

YEATS SOCIETY SLIGO: "Lucie O'Hara and Michael Cummins Exhibition Opened"

COLEMAN MUSIC CENTRE: "Concert at Coleman Music Center 24th March"

EAGLES FLYING: "Start of Season 2018 will begin this Saturday 24th of March"

SECRET GARDENS OF SLIGO: "Last chance for bareroot planting this year!"

JOHNSTON COURT: "shared Edge Clothing's post: Edge Clothing have a fantastic competition running over on their page"

COACH HOUSE HOTEL: "NEWS FLASH.... kids eat free every Sunday from 1pm- 6pm"

JMG CRUISE: "12 night "No-Fly" Summer Cruise - 30th July - Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar"

YEATS SOCIETY SLIGO: "JUL 19th The 59th Yeats International Summer School 2018"

 

TO EVERY COW ITS A CALF

This weekend is St Patrick’s Day.  Another Christian leader from a period just after St Patrick, who has very strong Sligo connections, is St Colm or, in Latin, St Columba.

Born 7th December 521, 30 years after St Patrick’s death, Columba was a model student and entered Clonard Abbey, Co Meath. He became one of the St. Finnian’s inner circle; later known as the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He also came upon a rare book of Latin Psalms written by St Martin of Tours and created an exact replica. Legend holds he made it ‘at night, in haste, by a miraculous light!


Finnian demanded he give him the copy, but Columba refused, reasoning that copies of the book were vital to the spread of Christianity. The matter went to the High King of Ireland, a relative of Finnian, who delivered the first copyright judgement in history: “To every cow her calf, to every book its copy”. The judgement ignited conflict between Columba´s and Finnain´s supporters, resulting in a battle at Cúl Dreinmhe (Cooldrevny), Drumcliffe. Columba, with the support of the men of Ulster, won the battle in which 3,000 people died.  Guilt ridden, Columba consulted his confessor, St Molaise on Innismurray, who sent him into exile to win as many people for Christianity who had died in the battle.  Thus, at a time when the Roman Empire was collapsing, began the spread of Christianity across Europe, laying the foundation for the Renaissance and “how the Irish saved civilisation”.  

Read more about this remarkable period in history in Discover Sligo Magazine. Order your copy.

WHAT'S NEW?

 

· OSTA CAFÉ BAR: “We have been awarded the Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the month for December, 2017.” 

· ISLAND VIEW RIDING STABLES: “Planning a day out on St. Patricks Day? Start with the great outdoors and finish with a black one in the local pub!” 

· MULLANEY BROTHERS: "Now in stock just in time to celebrate st. Patrick's weekend. Sligo t-shirts €11.95 or 2 for €20, Sligo sweatshirts €25 or 2 for €39.95." 

· POPPADOM RESTAURANT: “We have been awarded the Yes Chef Asian Food Awards Ireland 2017 Restaurant of the Year!!” http://www.poppadom.ie/

· HARGADON BROS: Live music Friday nights” http://www.hargadons.com/

· SECRET GARDENS OF SLIGO: “We are looking for some more gardens to add to our trail this year! Big or small, it doesn´t matter. Contact with us if you are interested. Thank you.”

· LISADELL HOUSE: “New Exhibition opening in Lisadell 28 March 2018 to mark the work of women for the emancipation of women through suffrage.” 

· STRANDHILL LODGE AND SUITES: “St Patricks Day in Strandhill - something for everyone!"